Getting a younger boss doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it can throw you off your game. Admit it: Even someone who’s only a few years younger than you can make you wonder how the whole employer-employee dynamic will change. Should you be insulted that management hired a young upstart to lead the team? Do you need to make the usurper feel like she doesn’t belong? Here are a few tips we picked up from TIME.com.
Remember that she was hired for a reason.
You may have been passed over for a promotion because you and management don’t see eye to eye, but that doesn’t mean your new boss doesn’t have anything to bring to the table. Give her the benefit of the doubt during the transition period. She just might surprise you.
Act your age.
Just because your new boss enjoys following the latest fashion trends—say, she loves wearing crop tops, culottes, or outer inner wear—doesn’t mean that you should follow suit.
Show your strengths.
What skills and connections do you bring to the company? “This will not only help you realize how much you have to offer, but it will also show your boss that you’re a team player with a designated talent and interest,” reports TIME.com.
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