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Just Ask Jan: Better Qualified

Posted By Amanda Parsons, Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Dear Jan,

At my job the manager I got along with so well retired.  The new manager is from outside the state and we don't always see eye to eye.  It is causing a lot of stress.  I know this person is my boss, but I've been here longer and know how things are supposed to run!  What do I do?


Better Qualified.


Dear Better Qualified,

Adjust your attitude, please.  Seriously, flexibility and keeping an open mind to new ways of doing things is going to help YOU with your stress level. Your new boss needs support and you owe it to yourself to give the new manager the benefit of the doubt that the reason they were hired is because they have the experience and qualifications and they know what they are doing.

Yes, you may have to adapt to new ways and not that the past methods and approaches aren’t valuable, it’s just change. Have a sit down with your new manager and get to know the person as a person, not just as your boss.  Make sure that you find some common ground or interests and then never under any circumstances ever ever say, “We’ve always done it that way”. Explain to your boss what worked, what you liked about a certain style or approach and discuss what you two can do to make things work better.

Improvement in communication on something that you work on together will be the building block to a better working relationship, relieve your stress and you may learn something new and start enjoying new approaches. You may see a brand new appreciation for working with your new boss and while your past time working at your agency is great for your longevity record, learning and adapting to change can actually lead to a happier and longer life. 





Jan Wirtz is the Recreation Superintendent at Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation.  With her years of history comes sage career advice for park and recreation professionals at any level in their career.

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