Recent College Graduate Expert’s Tip of the Month – June

10 powerful words to say to your boss

By Nancy Barry
Speaker and Author of When Reality Hits: What Employers Want Recent College Graduates to Know

At a recent speaking engagement, a young professional asked me a really great question. “What is the best way to develop a great working relationship with my boss?”

It is a question every employee should be asking! Before I tell you what my answer was, let me share a piece of advice with you. Your number one goal should be to make your manager look good. The quicker you figure that out the better off you’ll be! When you’re the boss, won’t you want a team of people who make you look good? Always remember, when the boss looks good, you look good.

So, what’s the best way to develop a great working relationship with your boss? Every now and then, walk into their office and say these 10 powerful words, “What can I do to make your life easier today?”

When I was in the corporate world, I had an incredible team. When they would ask what they could do to help me, there were times I was so covered up with projects for my bosses I couldn’t stop long enough to think about what they could take off my plate. But I always loved that they offered to help.

Ask your manager what you can do to help. If she doesn’t give you something right away, it’s not because she doesn’t need or want your help. When she comes up for air, she’ll think about how you can make her life easier. In the meantime, she’ll be thrilled you proactively offered to help her and it will be a great way to start building a wonderful relationship.

~ Nancy Barry, Recent College Graduate Expert, Campus Calm

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