How To Impress Your Boss
Making a positive impression is important when establishing any
relationship. Impressing your boss is essential if you wish to be successful in
the workplace. There are no shortcuts to making a lasting positive impression.
Hard work, respect, and sincerity are key factors. You will be sure to impress
a boss in any work setting by following these steps.
- Meet deadlines. An employee who delivers
high quality products or services in a timely manner will always be on the
boss's good side.
- Respect your boss's time. A good
supervisor reduces red tape and provides employees with the tools they
need to perform their jobs. This respects your time and contribution to
the business. Your boss will be impressed if you return the favor and
value their time as well. You can do this by asking " is this good
time?" before starting a discussion, combining small matters into a
single conversation, and choosing email or a note to resolve a matter that
isn't time sensitive and requires advance consideration.
- Bring solutions along with problems. When
an unexpected problem arises and you need to consult with your boss, think
of one or more solutions to the problem in advance of the meeting. Start
the conversation by saying something like "I think I know the answer,
but..." Briefly discuss the problem and offer your solutions as
possibilities, not ultimatums. The boss will appreciate your ability to
think for yourself and your respect for their opinion.
- Be positive. Employees expect the boss to
maintain a positive attitude, even during stressful times. Bosses hope
for, and are impressed by, employees who do the same. For every two
complaints or suggestions for improvement you make to your boss, be sure
to point out eight positive things. Avoid petty gripes entirely.
- Be sincere. No one enjoys being
manipulated, especially your boss. Undeserved flattery, performance or
behavior change near evaluation time, and feigned interest in the boss's
family or extracurricular activities will not impress. Your boss will be
pleased if you are honest and consistent in your performance and only ask
a question when you are truly interested in the answer.
- Say thanks once in a while. All
employees, including supervisors, appreciate recognition for a job well
done. In many organizations, recognition systems are geared towards front
line employees. Middle managers are often in the position of recommending
awards, but rarely receive them. If this is the case in your organization,
a well-timed thank you or small gesture is sure to be appreciated.
This article is written by Laurent and Benon Management Consultants Ltd.
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