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CAREER DEVELOPMENT / FEB. 15, 2015
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How to Become your Boss’ Favourite Employee

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There are many reasons why you might want to become the star of your team. Perhaps you’re looking to get a raise or a promotion; maybe you’re just sick of being in your boss’ bad books for taking too many cigarette breaks. Well, there are certain ways that you can shed your bad rep and shine. There are ways you cannot just look like but become the perfect employee, in your boss’ eyes at least. Just don’t start ass-kissing, because that sh*t’s embarrassing.

1. Be reliable

Start with the obvious stuff. For example, you absolutely need to turn up on time, every single day. Also, you need to just turn up – that means no more taking sick days for lame reasons; reserve those days for when you’re genuinely ill and physically can’t leave the house.

Being reliable also means being the person that your boss can count on. She or he will notice when you’re the one that seems to always be picking up the slack. They can count on you to get the job done when others can’t.

2. Get noticed

Let’s say you work in a big office. Although your boss hired you, you’re probably just one of a sea of faces, one of the cogs that are keeping the machine going. This is why you have to make yourself stand out. One way of doing this is through a major achievement, such as smashing your targets.

Another way to get noticed is by becoming part of the wider office culture. Make suggestions that could help everything run a little smoother – just don’t go around dissing the way things are too much. Become a team rep. Take part in charity events and attend every social. This will show that you’re providing the company with a lot more than just your presence at work every day.

3. Work hard

You’re probably thinking that that’s really obvious. Yet not a lot of us actually do it. It’s easy to bide your time and simply do the bare minimum. But if you want to be your boss’ favourite then you’ll have to do a lot better than just doing a mediocre job. Do a great job!

You might also want to do some overtime. This will prove just how hard you’re willing to work. You might miss out on cocktails with the girls or that oh-so-important football match, but it will be well worth it when you become the best employee in town.

4. Be happy

Most of us arrive at the office bleary-eyed, talking about how great our weekend was and complaining about how tired we are. Well, your boss really, really doesn’t want to see that. They want to see you there, fresh and ready to go every single morning.

There’s a lot to be said about the people who do their jobs with a grunt and a sigh, too. Those grumpy characters who just can’t be arsed. If you want to be your boss’ favourite, then don’t get sucked into that sort of behaviour, ever. Put a smile on your face and enjoy what you’re doing. Otherwise, there’s no point in you even being there, to be quite honest.

Consistency is key when it comes to improving your performance at work. Do a great job, go the extra mile and do it with a smile. And before no time you’ll be a shoe in for that promotion.

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