It seems to happen more often than you think. Your supervisor may think that it is important to work on project A, but you think that project B is more important. Your supervisor wants you to formerly acknowledge every e-mail that you receive and you don’t have time for that. Your supervisor wants something done a specific way, but you do it your way. And then you end up in trouble. Your supervisor is not happy with your performance although you think you have accomplished your assignments. Your supervisor may be a micro-manager and may want things done her way although they might not make sense to you. How do you avoid these dilemmas? First, it is important to talk with your supervisor and find out why she wants something done a certain way or explain how much time the e-mails take. If she still insists, then do it!! I have a philosophy – As long as what she is asking is not illegal, immoral (however that might be interpreted) and professionally incorrect (operating on the wrong hip; calculating the statistics incorrectly; purchasing the wrong software) then do what she asks. By cooperating with her initially, you will gain her trust and open the door to additional opportunities. Choose your battles and these issues are not one of them.