Getting on your boss’ good side is always the smart way to go! Not only will you be less closely monitored at work, but you will also be the one they put forward for promotion more often than not.
So, how can you make your boss think you’re awesome? Here’s how it’s done in a few easy steps:
1. Be Willing and Available
Bosses like to know that they can count on certain people for time-sensitive tasks or projects that need to be handled with professionalism. If you are always willing and available, they will be much more likely to look to you when a special project comes around. Raise your hand to take on new assignments and tasks whenever possible, and you’ll definitely be on your boss’ good side!
2. Understand Your Boss' Priorities
Spend a few minutes every week or two talking to your boss and seeing what their priorities are. Every boss has certain things that are very important to them, and they should become important to you as well. It’s not about sucking up to your boss, but it’s about helping him see the value that you can offer as an employee and a support for them.
3. Fix Your Problems
Got relationship troubles with your co-workers? Having a hard time dealing with some new program or system? Struggling to get your sales numbers up? Take steps to deal with these problems BEFORE your boss has to come and mention them to you, and they will notice it! The fewer problems your boss has to fix with you, the happier they will be with your performance.
4. Give Updates
This isn’t so the boss pats you on the back and tells you what a good job you’re doing, but it’s to help them stay abreast of the progress you are making in accomplishing the goals they have for you. Ask your boss how often they would like an update, and make sure to follow through.
5. Do Exemplary Work
To really prove to your boss how awesome you are, you can’t just hang out in the middle of the pack with all of the other mid-level employees who do average to good work. You need to stand out from the rest by going above and beyond with your efforts, and by making the quality of your work shine. If you want to get on your boss’ good side, being a top-notch employee is one of the best ways to go about it.
6. Pad Your Estimates
There is an art to "looking busy", and a huge part of it is giving your boss a deadline with about 25% more time than you’ll actually need. Need four days to finish a project? Say you need five days. This helps your boss think that you are working extra hard, and you can finish every project early – making you look very good. If you happen to run into trouble, you’ll have that extra day to finish the project without being late.
You’ve got to prove to your boss that you’re awesome if you want to stand any chance of rising in your company! What do you do to show your boss how awesome you are? Leave a comment below and share your secret…