HOW CLOSE IS TOO CLOSE?

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So­cial­is­ing with your boss is fine, says Ju­lia, but here are some guide­lines: Be pro­fes­sional To be safe, al­ways main­tain a semi-pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship no mat­ter where you are with your boss. That in­cludes how you deal with her on so­cial me­dia – don’t post wild party pho­tos or silly com­ments that can mar your pro­fes­sional im­age. Keep con­ver­sa­tions light and avoid en­croach­ing on any­thing too per­sonal.

aware of how you’re con­nected Apart from your pro­fes­sional con­nec­tion, you and your boss may be linked per­son­ally – though friends or fam­ily. So don’t talk about your sex life in the of­fice pantry, and re­frain from dis­cussing your job per­for­mance while hav­ing a drink out on the town. Be trans­par­ent Don’t ask for favours or do some­thing that may make you seem like you’re “suck­ing up”. These could lead to al­le­ga­tions of pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct that could jeop­ar­dise your ca­reer.

The per­sona Hav­ing an at­ti­tude of “It’s not my depart­ment” and think­ing that you should just fo­cus on your own job will net you more mi­nus than plus points with your peers and boss. On the other hand, go­ing the ex­tra mile could help you get ahead in your job. Cul­ti­vate it! Be­ing help­ful makes you a team player. It also makes people more likely to fol­low you when you’re pro­moted. Su­san sug­gests show­ing ini­tia­tive by ask­ing your boss how else you can help.

If you’re a man­ager, help­ing oth­ers do their job bet­ter helps them to help you, Ju­lia adds. This may mean in­vest­ing time and en­ergy in your staff in the short term, but it will pay off in the long run. When you achieve some­thing, make sure you share the credit. If you help oth­ers with­out ex­pect­ing any­thing in re­turn, people are more likely to show their grat­i­tude by re­turn­ing favours and giv­ing re­wards.

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