how to develop a positive relationship with your new boss

How to Develop a Positive Relationship with Your New Boss

How to Develop a Positive Relationship with Your New Boss

So, you have a new boss coming in. They are replacing your old boss, who you already had a good relationship with. Now it’s time to start fresh.

Boss and employee relationships are important in the workplace. Going out of your way to establishing this type of relationship will make your work smoother and your work environment better overall.

Follow this guide to develop a positive relationship with your new boss. Even though they probably won’t know that you read a guide on this topic, you can be assured that they would appreciate it.

welcome your new boss into workplace

You’ve been there before – a new employee in a strange environment. It can be nerve-wracking and intimidating starting work at a new place.

When your new boss comes into work, make sure you go out of your way to greet them by name, and to tell them your name. Look them in the eye and demonstrate a friendly demeanour. It’s a good practice for two different reasons.

The first thing your greeting establishes is your first impression. First impressions are important and memorable. Make it special by starting off on the right foot and not being rude or cold.

The second important aspect that greeting your boss accomplishes is recognizing them as a human. Yes, this person is going to oversee your job and pay you, but that does not make them less human than you. Make sure you communicate that you understand their nervousness. It shows you are an empathetic person with excellent social intelligence.

get to know your new boss

You might be curious as to what your new boss is like, as well as where they came from.

The way you find this out is simple: ask them.

Get curious and don’t be shy about asking them questions about their life, previous jobs, family members, etc. Don’t probe them with your questions all at once, but gradually ask and put the pieces together.

Other ways you can find out more about your new boss is to ask other people. Do you know others who have worked around your boss? What do they know about them? It is a non-intrusive way to get the low-down on your new boss, as well as feedback on how they handle their employees.

You should also understand how your new boss likes to communicate. Don’t be afraid to ask their preferred methods of communication. Do they prefer texting over phone calls? Or do they avoid phone communication entirely and strictly use email? They may even like face-to-face encounters better than all these options.

Also, the more you work with them, the more you will understand their style of work. They could be a highly detailed person who likes constant communication, so go into this new relationship-seeking these answers.

don't be their buddy

When trying to establish a healthy boss/employee relationship don’t try to be their best pal. Not only can this come off as you trying to kiss-up to them, but it could be considered downright unprofessional.

Your boss is in your workplace to supervise you and your co-workers. They are not there to be friends. If you want to hang out outside of work, then that is completely appropriate, but becoming overly pal-like can lead to favoritism and sore feelings within your work environment.

Instead, show your boss that you are friendly, yet respectful of their position over you. Be yourself so that they can see who you really are as a person. Even if you do eventually become close to your boss in a professional manner, it is not wise to cast a fake façade over your just to gain favor in their eyes.

demonstrate your motivation and initiative takeaways

The phrase, “actions speak louder than words,” rings true when developing a positive relationship with your boss.

Bosses appreciate people who take responsibility at work. Not only does this take burdens from them, but it is a good opportunity for you to shine and show strong character traits.

Be the one who takes on tough projects, volunteers themselves for the hard tasks, and solves problems. Even though you are not the appointed “leader” in your workplace doesn’t mean you can’t portray leadership qualities.


  • Welcome your new boss into your workplace: Take their nervousness into account and make a good first impression
  • Get to know your boss: Ask questions about their background, interests, and family. Probe their ex-coworkers for more information and understand how they work.
  • Don’t be a buddy: Be friendly with your boss but remember their position over you and act respectfully.
  • Demonstrate that you are up for a challenge: Volunteer for the hard jobs and be a problem solver. 


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