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8 Ways to keep your boss happy — without sacrificing your sanity

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How to stay on your supervisor's good side

It can be hard to deal with a difficult supervisor. Indeed, a problematic manager can cause you a lot of stress and anxiety. Many people do not know what to do when they encounter a boss that is difficult to please. Unfortunately, many of us are routinely faced with this scenario.

8 Tips for keeping peace with your supervisor

1 . Focus on doing your job

Instead of worrying about what your manager is going to do, concentrate on doing your job. Strive to be the best worker your company has on payroll, and focus your energy on doing the best job possible.

2. Always reduce any potential problems

Look ahead to try to make sure there are no problems down the road that could upset your supervisor and coworkers. Make the extra effort to reduce any conflicts that could result in you getting yelled at or disciplined. A little extra work can go a long way in preventing any problems.

3. Communication is important

Get into the habit of talking with your coworkers and your manager on a regular basis. Talking to people to make sure that everything is being done correctly can reduce any conflicts in your department. It doesn’t hurt to play it safe and tell others what you are doing so there are no misunderstandings down the road.

4. Be friendly

If your supervisor gives you a difficult time, it’s important that you remain friendly and respectful to him. Some people get upset and start to argue, which could lead to other problems. Listen to what your boss has to say, and then respond in a friendly and respectful manner.

5. Come in early and stay late

Try to be the first person to get to your office in the mornings and the last person to leave. Most managers appreciate the extra effort of an employee. You never know who is watching you doing your job.

6. Get sound advice

Consider talking to a career or mental health counselor when you are having trouble at your job. These people can give you sound advice on what you should do, and you won’t feel alone. There is nothing wrong with asking for guidance when it comes to doing your job.

7. Change departments

If you have tried everything and nothing seems to work, the next step is finding another job. There are often a variety of jobs available in today’s marketplace, so don’t feel like you’re stuck in a certain position. Learn how to do an effective job search for another position, preferably with the same company and different supervisor. This should help reduce your fears of losing your current job because of your boss.

It's almost impossible to find a job where you get along with everybody. The key is to learn how to deal with difficult people in addition to doing your job. The most important thing is to be friendly and outgoing toward everybody you work with. This will help reduce a lot of your problems.

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