I am convinced my boss has no idea what I do—and doesn’t want to know. He’s supportive in terms of providing resources but because he’s so detached he can’t offer substantive advice. Any suggestions? M.M., Mount Prospect, IL
Many people would consider your situation ideal! Is he well thought of by management? If yes, I’d assume that he has a very high level of trust in you and your abilities, which is great.
Make sure you provide him with the information he’d need to support your work when he speaks with management. Create a few bullet points about your progress on key initiatives and share them with him during your 1-on-1s. Make sure that he understands you’re prepping him for questions in case you’re not available.
If he’s not well thought of by management, it’s a whole different ballgame. You’re not going to be able to change him and he’s in no position to advocate for you. Protect yourself by making others in management appropriately aware of your skills and abilities. Volunteer to work on assignments that have a high profile so you have a reason to interact with other decision-makers. This is a delicate balance because you don’t want to alienate your boss. Make sure to keep him in the loop about what you’re doing so he’s not caught unaware. It’s your responsibility to keep him informed—what he does with it is his responsibility.
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