Getting Along With Supervisors


School to Work Unit 6

Students with disabilities often need very concrete lessons in appropriate social/work behaviors.


must seeResources:

Social Skills on the Job- A Transition to the Workplace for Students with Special Needs -AGS

Life Skills-Attitudes on the Job by Educational Design Inc.

Working 1 and 11- Attitudes and Habits for Getting and Holding a Job, and Interpersonal Skills Assessment for Employment. from James Stanfield Publishing Co. Videos with lesson plans and activities.


  • True and False statements. A warm-up Activity to introduce this unit.
  1. ____ A good way to work well with your boss is to make sure that you do your job the way he expects you to.
  2. ____ As long as your supervisor likes you, it doesn't mater if you argue a lot with your co-workers.
  3. ____ If you get a new boss, he may expect you to do your work differently.
  4. ____ Most bosses like to spend a lot of time talking to their workers about their personal problems so that they can get to know them better.
  • Invite a Guest Speaker from local business - to talk about employer and employee expectations on the job.

Accepting Criticism- handout

  Accepting Criticism from the Boss Guidelines

     1. Stay Calm.
     2. Be Polite.
     3. Ask questions until you understand.
     4. Speak up about your feelings.
     5. Admit you made a mistake.
     6. Do It Over And Do It Better!

      Following Instructions From the Supervisors

When you are having a hard time understanding your supervisor's instructions because they are not clear to you, this is what you can do:

     1. Say you will do the job.
     2. State the problem in a friendly, nice way.
     3. Ask the supervisor to explain the instructions.

Below are links to websites that list real life work rules posted by employers and/or human resource advisors.