Managing the Boss

Adjusting to life with a new boss

A new boss can introduce a lot of new elements to your work life, such as a new leadership style, a new way of communicating and new expectations. Career coach Joyce E.A. Russell offers these tips to help you cut through your anxiety and start adjusting to your new reality.

3 steps to working better with shy boss

How do you build a positive professional relationship with a shy boss? That’s what one reader asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum.

Do you spend enough time with your boss?

A new study by Leadership IQ reveals that most people spend only half of the time they should be spending with their boss each week—only three of the six optimal hours.

5 ways to advance your career

Chances are you’re looking to grow at work and earn a promotion. You may also be wondering what you can do to increase the chances you’ll be able to advance in your career. MonsterWorking’s Hannah Hamilton spoke to career experts who offered the following five tips.

How to decipher your boss's emails

It can be frustrating when you’ve crafted an informative email to your boss but receive only a one-word response: “noted” or “done.” There are things you can do to keep the email miscommunication to a minimum, Sue Shellenbarger writes.

Working with a chronic complaining boss

Chronic complainers can kill mo­­rale, hurt productivity and drive you nuts. Author Linda Swindling identifies five types of complaining bosses and explains how to handle them.

How to keep the boss focused

These days, everyone has a hard time focusing. But when it’s the boss who’s afflicted with a short attention span, an administrative professional must take steps to ensure work moves forward and things get done. Here’s how to handle a distracted boss.

Build solid boss/admin partnership

If you find yourself in a tough relationship with your boss, instead of updating your résumé and embarking on a quest for a new job, learn how to improve your relationship. Start now by asking yourself these four questions.

Is your boss/admin team dysfunctional?

Your relationship with your boss can be good, bad or somewhere in between. Knowing the signs of a dysfunctional relationship can help you decide whether it’s worth working on or if you should just move on, career consultant Jennifer Winter writes.

Evolution of the editor's assistant

Sergio Kletnoy's role as a magazine editor’s assistant at Cosmopolitan is taking on new life as it moves away from “The Devil Wears Prada” stereotype to a role with more involvement within the company. Here’s an inside look into his life and the evolution of the magazine editor’s assistant.