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CAREER ADVANCEMENT / OCT. 05, 2016
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5 Ways to Gain Your Boss’s Trust and Get Promoted

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Getting promoted is not an impossible task; you just need to know what steps to take and how to ask for a promotion. This article should help you out!

Getting a job can be difficult which is why you would expect that after you managed to get a job life would become easier. But, that’s rarely the case, especially if you're interested in career development, because that requires a lot of effort and energy.

It’s usually a long process which starts with getting your boss to trust you and since getting your boss to trust you can be difficult on its own, being promoted at work can quickly turn into a nerve-wracking process.

To avoid going through this stressful period, you should focus on adopting behavioural traits that will get your boss to trust you without them even knowing that you’ve made the effort of winning their trust. Keep in mind that bosses are interested in hiring talented individuals, and they want employees who are going to push their company forward.

But, no matter how highly qualified and skilled their employees are, few employers manage to get what they want out of their employees. According to Glassdoor data, less than half of employers would recommend their staff to a friend, and this says a lot about how employers perceive their employees. Your safest bet is to adopt the following behavioural traits, and before long a promotion should come your way.

1. Tell Them They Are Wrong

It may seem counterintuitive, especially when most bosses like to be flattered by their employees; however, it’s a proven tactic that’s never failed: telling your boss that they are wrong when they are can help you win points with the big guy.

Of course, you should tread carefully because it might backfire in an instant. Generally speaking, you should avoid telling your boss directly that they are wrong and you should try to put it to them as diplomatically as possible. For example, if you think that what your boss is suggesting won’t work, don’t just tell them that. Give them data-backed evidence of why it won’t work and a couple of suggestions on how to improve (not replace) your boss’s idea.

It goes without saying that the more your boss micromanages things, the more difficult it is to tell them that they are wrong. But if you manage to find a way around this issue, you’ll see that even the most micromanaging of micromanagers will learn to trust and depend on you.

The key to identifying how to approach your boss is to observe them and understand how and what they react to. Every person is different, so you’ll find that no golden rule applies to everyone. But, what does apply to everyone is that they need to be presented with concrete evidence to change their minds. So make sure that you do your research before approaching your boss to discuss an idea they’ve had.

2. Never Ask Them to Explain Things Twice

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To reach the point where you are comfortable to tell your boss that they are wrong, you should first make yourself seem reliable. And by reliable I don’t just mean that you should be punctual or that you should meet your deadlines. You have to be the person that your boss can trust to do their bidding.

To achieve that, you have to be fully committed to the conversation when talking with your boss. Pay attention and listen carefully to what they want, understand what they want to get out of the task they’ve assigned to you and go through the process of completing the task with them. Make sure that you clarify anything that needs clarifying when they are assigning it to you and ensure that all your relevant questions have been covered.

This will help you avoid going back to your boss to ask them about details you've already covered. Eventually, this will make them more dependent on you which in turn will lead to your promotion.

It’s important to note that most of us run into problems at work and when this happens you are going to want to talk to your boss to make sure that you are proceeding as they want you to. But before you go to your boss, try to look for answers online or ask your colleagues about it, offering suggestions will always work to your advantage so make sure that you never just go to your boss with a problem. Also, avoid going to your boss many times for the same task. If you come across any issues, jot them down and make sure that you go through the rest of the process to ensure that no other questions will come up.

3. Offer Solutions

The key to getting your boss to trust you (which will, in turn, get you a promotion at work) is to present yourself as the solution. Don’t hesitate to involve yourself in things that have nothing to do with you, as long as you do it subtly and in a helping manner; if you have a creative solution to offer you should offer it no matter what.

What most employees fail to understand is that employers want professionals who can get the job done at any cost. Essentially this means that your boss wants you to be passionate about your work, they want you to take initiative and to be innovative so don’t let your fear of being turned down keep you from coming up with suggestions.

This might be easier said than done, especially when the boss is a toxic micromanager, but that does not mean that you should allow him to hold your career back. If you feel that there’s no room to grow in your company, look for growth opportunities elsewhere, remember that you should make every year count to reach the top, so don’t allow a micromanager to keep you back.

The key to dealing with such situations is to identify ways which can help you get past your boss’s ‘know-it-all’ attitude. Do your research and try to find gaps in ideas that will help you identify problems and allow you to come up solutions that will impress your boss.

4. Don’t Create Problems

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Creating problems includes creating office drama, complaining or demanding things, and although you’ll find that sometimes demanding can get things done, it’s important that your boss never sees you as a person who creates problems.

If you are going to ask for something, make sure that you do it in the right context and that you’ve taken into consideration everything that will be affected by your decision. For example, if you want to lead a project when the boss has assigned someone else to lead it, don’t just go to your boss complaining or badmouthing your colleague. Come up with suggestions on how to help the project leader and find ways to provide assistance to the entire team.

The key is to identify real problems at work and come up with ways to solve them on your own. If you can’t, go to your boss but make sure that you have a few suggestions to resolve the problem as well.

5. Do Your Job Well

Equally important is the fact that you should never forget why you were hired. No matter what your career aspirations are, you were hired to do a job, and you should focus on excelling at this job. Once you’ve proven yourself as a great hire, climbing the career ladder will become easier.

You shouldn’t just learn how to do your job at the level your boss expects you to do your job; you should also focus on understanding everything that there is to be understood about your job and you should strive to find ways with which to improve the quality of your work.

At the same time, it’s important that you understand how the entire company operates and you should cultivate relationships with the rest of the people in your department and other departments as well.

Getting a promotion is important for any career-oriented professional, but that doesn’t mean that you should become obsessed with getting promoted the moment you set foot in the building. Being promoted should be earned, and to earn it, you’ll need to demonstrate why you deserve it so focus on learning how to do your job and on gaining your boss’s trust.

It’s also important to note that you’ll find that in spite of your efforts of being a top employee, your boss might be interested in promoting someone else before you and if that happens you should never get disappointed or lose hope. Remember that their inability to promote the better-qualified employee speaks to their management abilities and does not in any way reflect your skills.

Have you ever managed to get promoted by gaining your bosses trust? How did you do it? Let us know in the comments section below...

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