Two hours in a car with my new boss
May 31, 2011 5:19 PM Subscribe
Help me survive two hours in a car with my new boss.
posted by Flying Saucer to work & money (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
After a month at a new job -- a small company where I interact with my boss almost daily -- I found out that my boss and I are going to a meeting several towns away. She will be driving me there and back, and the trip is just over an hour each way.
Though my boss is generally pleasant and seems happy with my work, I'm somewhat nervous about traveling alone with her, for all the normal reasons, like general awkwardness.
What's worse is that my co-worker told me that the boss has admitted that she (the boss) has "no people skills" and "will ask anything." My co-worker personally experienced this on a commuter train ride, which the boss turned into an impromptu performance evaluation, right in front of other passengers.
My question is, how can I prepare myself for this trip? What topics of conversation should I try to focus on -- and avoid? If things start to get weird, how do I handle myself? I've only been at the job for a month so I'm not sure how secure my position really is.
Thanks for your help.