There are a few golden rules of being an all-star employee: Always be polite to your manager, stay on top of your assignments and make yourself an indispensable member of the team.
Bonding with your boss isn't something most of us consider imperative to excelling at the office. But having a good relationship with your supervisor has the ability to positively impact the trajectory of your career. A study published in Ergonomics found that a negative work environment leads to high employee turnover rates and researchers at NYU found that employee productivity is directly linked to his or her relationships with superiors.
Clearly, the relationship you have with your employer plays a large role in career success. And beyond being good for your career, a little office bonding is also important for your physical and mental health.
A quarter of people spend most of their time thinking about work — more than they think about sex or money. On top of that, we spend about a third of our time in the office. Hundreds of studies have shown that job satisfaction and health are directly correlated. And your relationship with your superiors is an important influencer of how happy you are at work. One study even linked a bad relationship with your boss to an increased risk of heart disease.
If you haven't quite buddied up to your boss — now's your chance. We have some strategic ways to do just that, straight from the horse's mouth. Here are ten real-life strategies for forging a bond with your superiors at the office.