HOW TO AVOID BURNING BRIDGES AT WORK: Three tips to building long and lasting relationships with your boss, colleagues and franchise partners.

Author:Myers, Christin

Over the course of our careers we will all encounter people we don't immediately see eye to eye with. Perhaps this person is a challenging boss or an unfriendly coworker. This person might even have reported to you in some manner. In the moment, building the relationship with this person might be insignificant due to your mutual lack of respect. However, you never know what the future will hold. Often professional paths cross again in the future in the most unknown ways. Therefore, it is imperative you never burn a bridge.

Tip 1

Build a Meaningful Relationship With Your Boss

The relationship you have with your boss will determine your future within an organization. It is always a fine balancing act. You must prove your worth, prove you are an asset, and most of all, you must spark a connection without crossing this imaginary line. However, as we all know, that is often easier said than done. Some people just do not mesh; for whatever reason that may be. That is why building meaningful relationships with your boss will always weigh the heaviest upon you in the present moment. You boss can be your biggest advocate, or your biggest roadblock to success.

There are four key ways to quickly build rapport with your boss. The first way is to clearly set expectations with each other. There is a four-part process to setting proper expectations:

* Establish what he/she would like to see from you in terms of productivity and results.

* Have your boss clearly define what success looks like in your role over the long term.

* Clearly define what you need from your boss to make it a successful partnership.

* Define what professional success looks like to you in the long term.

If you can walk away with a clear roadmap of your role and responsibilities and understand what results you need to deliver to be successful, the relationship can be easily defined by measurable, attainable goals. Your objective is to execute on the commitments you made to your boss, which ensures he/she will become a supporter and advocate for you.

Tip 2

Create Lasting Professional Relationships With Your Colleagues

Some relationships are just difficult, there's no way around it. It's almost certain a few of those difficult relationships happen to be at work. We've all had a coworker who seemingly glares in your direction, steals your conference room, or acts as if you're beneath them. Sure, the easiest thing to do is try to avoid them or attempt minimal contact without telling them...

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