How can having a new boss be a good thing and a fresh start for you?


A change in leadership can feel disruptive to your life at work. Disruption is a powerful force that can be harnessed for good. It can be tempting to focus on the ways a new boss will upset your routine—which might be just what you need. Here are five ways to embrace this change and let it propel you forward. 

  1. Welcome. Take time to sincerely express to your boss that you look forward to working with him or her. Be genuine and warm, but don’t overdo it. People can smell when you are disingenuous from a mile away.
  2. Communicate. Your new supervisor does not know you or completely understand how your department works. Being conscientious to be clear in communication will keep things running smoothly. A quick email such as, “I will have the monthly numbers to you by Friday like normal. Let me know if you prefer them differently” can keep processes and expectations clear.
  3. Reflect. Any shifts in your work life are natural opportunities to evaluate your career goals and take fresh steps to grow. Are there any courses you have wanted to pursue or organizations you have wanted to join? Use the energy from the changes to propel new growth for yourself.
  4. Grow. One of the benefits of having multiple supervisors is that each has unique experiences and strengths. Does your new boss have expertise that you want to learn?
  5. Relax. It will take a while for things to settle into a new, productive flow. Be patient with your boss, yourself, and the process. 

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