Whether you’re entering a new role or have a new manager taking over your department, there are several important questions you need to discuss with them in order to ensure you both have a strong working relationship.
1) What is your management style? If your manager is hands on, then make sure you provide regular updates on all of your assignments and ask for their input regularly. If they prefer to delegate tasks, take care of the details and just report in with major updates.
2) How do you like to process information? Some managers prefer face to face conversations to discuss updates and happenings, while others work better by seeing the information summarized in an email. Understanding how they prefer to work will make both of your jobs easier.
3) Do you prefer to have your information delivered formally or informally? If your new boss is one for formality, it’s important to take the time to prepare thorough documents outlining your progress. If they are comfortable with a verbal update then don’t waste your time putting everything together in an official document.
4) Are there any courses or training programs you think I should enrol in to improve my productivity in the workplace? This is a perfect opportunity to know what your boss is looking for. They will likely have recommendations for programs or courses that will assist your professional development for the role. Some businesses even offer 5) How can I get where I want to be? Outline a goal you have in mind and wish to accomplish over the next 3 or 6 months, and ask your new boss what you need to do in order to accomplish it. This will allow them to know which projects are of interest to you, and which projects will assist you in acquiring the background you need to move forward with your goal.