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What do I do if my boss doesn't appreciate me?

If you feel underappreciated by the boss, there are a couple of things you can do to improve things.

First, and one thing you must do, is remember that the boss is the boss. It may not be fair, but it's your job to adapt to the boss. Expecting anything else is likely to be very frustrating.

One way to increase your own visability and appreciation is to make sure you update the boss on what you're doing. To do that well you need to communicate effectively. Here are three tips.

Figure out whether your boss prefers written communication or oral. Then use the perferred method for your updates.

Identify topics that you both like so that you can handle chit-chat in person, or "didja know" emails easily. Make sure to identify both business and personal topics.

Make sure you understand your boss's face-to-face communication preference. Some like to chit-chat and then move on to business. Others want to get right to the point.

As you might guess, you use the methods and touch on the topics that work for the boss.

Check out more resources on this topic on the Three Star Leadership site section on Managing Your Boss.


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