Starting a new job is filled with unknowns. What is the company culture like? What is the management style? How will your boss communicate? Not knowing the answers to these questions can make the onboarding process a difficult transition.

Communication is the key to making the transition easier and starting off on the right foot with your new manager. Here are some tips:

  • Assess the preferences and expectations of your immediate supervisor. Listen carefully to the directions that he/she offers and also ask other trusted colleagues for suggestions on ways to measure up to your supervisor’s expectations.
  • Communicating with your boss is a good way to let them know that they were right in hiring you. They took a chance when they hired you, so keeping them abreast of your progress and adjustment can be a good way to make them understand that they made the right decision.
  • Managers aren’t mind-readers and neither are you. Clear communication is essential to a successful working relationship.
  • If you feel comfortable — particularly if you already have a few years of work experience under your belt — request a one-on-one meeting with your direct supervisor to talk about communication and managerial style. Some managers like to be informed of everything: client contacts, project updates, problems that arise. Others take a more hands-off approach, preferring that you only bother them with the big news.
  • By understanding your boss’s communication expectations and management style, you’ll avoid some of the bumpy learning opportunities during the first weeks of a new job and jump straight into a smooth and productive relationship.

Using these tips on communication with your supervisor can help make the onboarding process a smooth one. This communication is also the basis for learning how you can succeed in your new job and get along with your new manager.

Also, check out this blog about the power of positivity when transitioning into a new job: New Job? First Things First: Be Positive.