Demanding Boss?

Here are tips for managing both your sanity and your bosses!  

Speak to Your Strengths.

Understanding your interests and strengths is key to being able to request work and projects that have the greatest potential to make you shine. The UCR Career Center offers a discount to alumni on assessments to start this process.

Write Things Down.

It is helpful to keep a ‘running list’ of matters to discuss and rather than interrupting your supervisor throughout the day, save non time sensitive matters for a scheduled one-on-one time.  

Get your role definition

Not your job description, on paper or email as an informal ‘contract’ and use this as a respectful way to respond when saying very polite no. Being careful about what work you say ‘no’ to is key to your long term satisfaction and should be defined. Try to stay focused on what was in this ‘contract’ or personal career ‘strategic plan’ laid at at the outset of your employment.  

Learn to listen to what is not being said. 

Learning to listen deeply is something that can be practiced and learned. Using key phrases such as ‘what I hear you saying is…’ can help make sure you are actually both hearing and understanding in the same way. 

Explore our archive of career seminars

Expert speakers such as Noelle C. Nelson, Ph.D, an internationally respected psychologist, author and seminar leader speaks on Effective Relationship Building With Your Boss and lots more.


Would you hire you? 

Seeing how you sound and look during an interview can give you valuable perspective to prep for the real deal. Check out our  Interview Guide to nail it. 





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