Being proactive, however, can mutually benefit both you and your manager.
It’s always better to clarify with a boss. Clarify, in this instance, means making sure you and the boss are on the same page when it comes to tasks, goals and team-building.
A major mistake most managers make is they simply assume their team knows exactly what his or her expectations are. This ‘top-down’ approach does not work in today’s modern workplace.
By asking questions, an employee and manager become more mutually joined; tasks get accomplished quicker and more accurately; and the overall organization improves. It’s about communication – two-way communication.
This list of questions, from Careerbuilder via CNN.com, is an excellent way to begin the process.