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We all want to get in good with the boss, but buying him toys and coffee mugs just won’t cut it.It’s not the gimmicks that earn you respect; it just comes down to working “smart.”
Cynthia Onyejiji, director of social media for Arjuni International, Ltd states, “At the end of the day, an employer’s main concern is saving time and money by increasing efficiency. No matter how hard you work, if there’s someone doing exactly what you do except smarter and faster, they’ll grab the limelight every time.”
It’s time you found a way to get ahead at work without sucking up to your boss or throwing co-workers under the bus. Here’s a list of what employers believe can get you that step up.
13 Easy Ways to Impress Your Boss
1. Go the extra mile – go the extra mile, volunteering to help their teammates, pick up extra responsibilities. Strive for improvement and take personal pride in your work.
2. Attitude is #1 – the best employees are eager to be successful, professional and consistent. They are also important team players that have ideas and a desire to contribute to the success of the business.
3. Take initiative – pay attention to what needs to be done rather than waiting for someone to tell you to get it done. Bosses will appreciate your go-getter attitude and do their best to keep you off the chopping block if layoffs occur.
4. Always be prepared and ready – this is an opportunity to win over your boss by showing that you understand all of the important information and have already spent some time thinking about how to best address the goals of the team and organization.
5. Come in early and leave late – look at it from your boss’ perspective: Two employees are due in at 9 a.m. One arrives at 8:40, the other slides in like clockwork at 8:59. The second employee is at work because he “has to be.” The first employee, on the other hand, gives the impression that he’s excited to be at work and is there to tackle his goals. Not a bad return on 15 minutes of your time.
6. Anticipate what needs to be done – being able to say, “I already took care of it,” sends a powerful message to your boss. You can be counted on to manage tasks without micromanagement.
7. Don’t just talk the talk; walk the walk – so many people talk about how great they are and why they should be given an opportunity or a raise. Don’t tell your boss all the things you can do; show him.
8. Ask “what else can I do?” – seek out your boss when all your work is done and ask, “What else can I do?” There is always something that can be done.
9. Be a problem solver – this requires quite a bit of originality and patience from an employee, but any employee who can solve problems on their own is a truly valuable asset and will always impress the boss.
10. Make others feel comfortable – asking too many high-level questions or assuming a dominant role right away can come off as threatening. It’s important to control your ambition when working for someone else. If you want to advance, do it over time by earning respect and trust
11. Have a “let’s find a solution” attitude – take things in stride and approach problems with a “we can solve this” approach. Also, try to insert humor and fun to make the work day enjoyable for yourself and your team members.
12. Be humble – ask for suggestions to improve your efficiency; be kind; know you’re not perfect.
13. Finish projects early – not just on time, but finishing projects and tasks before time. The best lesson I EVER learned in life: “Yvette, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to be done.”
Believe it or not, you don’t have to be devious to get your boss to notice you. For some employers, it just comes down to working “smart.” Let’s face it; your boss is the person with the greatest potential to improve your work life, since he or she has the most direct control over your day-to-day activities.