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Questions to Ask Your New Boss

As the power in the labor market continues to shift more toward employees looking for better opportunities, more people are finding themselves at new organizations with new managersmany for the first time in years.

Published Fri Oct 22 2021

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As the power in the labor market continues to shift more toward employees looking for better opportunities, more people are finding themselves at new organizations with new managers—many for the first time in years. Meeting a new boss can be an intimidating prospect, but there are important conversations that need to be had if you’re to be successful in your new role. Start by asking who you should meet outside of your direct team. Job titles only go so far in helping you navigate inter-office communication networks and understanding levels of influence. Also, be sure to bring up communication styles. Many people have preferred styles of communication, and resentment can build if you’re constantly calling a manager who prefers emails. It’s also important to discuss how to best solicit input and feedback. Most managers want to give their employees the autonomy to figure things out on their own, but establishing a feedback mechanism and rhythm will be important in gauging your own success. Finally, on your first day, it may help to ask your new manager what they would do if they were in your position. This automatically helps your new manager see things from your perspective and can start your relationship off on a note of empathy and understanding.

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