Main image of article Take the Initiative and Keep Your Manager Informed

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If your boss is constantly lurking by your desk, trying to stay on top of what's going on, it might be time to change the way you interact. Because they’re unsure of which employees require more oversight than others, managers new to their roles often supervise subordinates closely. In the absence of trust, they tend to manage everyone carefully, which can grate on the nerves of experienced workers. Since relationships are a two-way street, changing the nature of your relationship can be the difference between autonomous bliss and over-managed misery. For a start, increase the frequency of communication. Take the initiative and provide your boss with frequent progress reports. This will allow you to control when you interact with him while demonstrating your trustworthiness. Gradually lengthen the time between your reports, until you’ve successfully retrained your boss. Savvy managers will soon turn their attention to other issues and employees, once they know they can count on you.

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