New Yorkers sure do complain a lot. (And rightly so!) But the last thing you want is to come off as a whiner in the workplace. In the latest Mediabistro feature, workplace experts give tips on the art of “managing up,” or how to better your relationship with your boss.

No. 6: Tell your manager what you need

Managing up doesn’t mean saying yes to every request; that can cause trouble later if you become overwhelmed. “Communicating requires you to be open about your needs rather than assuming your manager understands what’s going on,” said career coach Deborah Howard, president of Guiding Change Consulting. “Learn to say, ‘I’ll be happy to work on this project, and I’m also working on these three other projects, so how would you like me to prioritize them?’”

For more advice, read Managing Up: 7 Ways to Keep the Boss Happy.