Impress Your Boss
Edited by Jenni123, Charmed, Nate Pepperell, Shelley Branch and 5 others
When you're trying to impress your boss, there are a few questions you should ask yourself. What kind of person is your boss? Where does he or she see potential? Why were you hired? How does your boss run the business? The word "boss" remains an overhead term for people filling a variety of positions, so there's no single job description that quite fits the term. Your boss might only supervise a few workers, run a department or be in charge of the whole company. Either way, your boss directs your work, reviews your performance and influences a large part of your work week. It would be a valuable career move to strive to impress your boss.
You were hired in the first place because your boss saw potential in you. You don't need to only dwell on impressing your boss, but also show what you've got and keep building on it. Your work is an extension of your life, so by going the extra mile, developing your skills, building the right relationships with colleagues and delivering results, you'll not only impress your boss, you'll also improve your life and your happiness. Your boss will notice when you stand out from others because of all your hard work and the dedication you have shown. So be who you were hired to be.
Learn About the Company
You might be surprised to find that many people don't really take the time to learn about their company's culture and mission outside of their own position. If you want to get noticed by your boss, it's time to take some initiative, and here's how to do it:
- 2Take the extra time to attend all company meetings, events and functions related to your position. Listen and take notes on important facts so you can apply what you learned while you're working. Company events also allow you to socialize with other employees, which helps to build better morale and teamwork.Attend company meetings and events.
While being a follower and simply doing what's asked of you might be enough to get by, it won't help you grow and develop within your company, and it certainly won't get you any special recognition. By taking initiative and showing that you have the drive to do more, you'll likely be awarded better opportunities.
- 1Don't be afraid to speak up in a positive manner and provide useful suggestions. If you think a new way of doing something might be more effective, write up your plan in a spreadsheet or PowerPoint and propose your idea. Use charts and graphs to show how it can benefit the company. Even the smallest suggestions count.Present new and innovative ideas.
- 2If you have no trouble meeting the deadlines of your current position, offer to assist on an additional project. The more you learn about each section of a company, the more valuable you become to your boss. If you have skills beyond your current job, you'll be in a better position to ask for a promotion down the road. Going the extra mile is an excellent way to garner recognition and show off how reliable you can be.Volunteer for additional projects to broaden your scope.
Demonstrate Your Abilities
You were hired for a reason. You wouldn't be there if you didn't have the necessary skills to succeed at what you do. However, in a fast-paced world, technology and businesses are constantly changing, so you need to keep your skills sharp and up-to-date so you aren't passed up by newer, more qualified employees. Here are a few ways to do this:
- 1Consistently meet deadlines.
Develop and Show Leadership
Leadership qualities are desirable in almost any position, even if you're an intern or a new employee. Having the ability to take charge of a situation and lead yourself or a team is one of the biggest keys to professional growth. Nurture this side of yourself and you'll reap the benefits.
- 1Attend employee-sponsored training programs, meetings and seminars in your field as much as possible to stay informed on the latest updates. For example, read trade journals or enroll in certification programs in your field to expand upon your current knowledge. If your company recently started using new software, look up tutorials and take part in quick courses to learn the ropes. If you're a writer that uses AP style, keep up with changes in the AP Style Handbook. With your boss's permission, issue a monthly memo or newsletter to other employees letting them know what's new in the field or company. Hold a working lunch to keep your coworkers up to speed. This is a sure-fire way to get promoted.Become an information source in your field.
- 2Develop your leadership skills.
Develop Your Professional Image
Being a good worker is an automatic job requirement, but being a professional, likeable and presentable person can really help you open up new doors within your company. Here's how to get people to notice you and get on your boss's good side:
- 1This should go without saying. Avoid spreading gossip or speaking poorly of any individual within the company. Show respect to everyone you interact with, every single day.Always be courteous and loyal to both your co-workers and boss.
- 2If you aren't physically and mentally healthy, your production at work might suffer. Make sure you take the time to eat healthy, balanced meals full of fruits and veggies, whole grains and lean proteins. Follow any necessary dietary restrictions, avoid excessive amounts of junk food and stick to a regular exercise program. Relax and unwind as much as possible after work. Enjoy your favorite hobbies, listen to music, watch movies, spend time with your family or pets. These things are often overlooked, but healthy and happy employees are usually the most productive.Take care of your health.
- 4If you have good leadership qualities, offer to lead a team project. If you're an outspoken people-person, use that to increase sales. If you're a hard worker but you have a quiet or shy personality, make yourself visible, even if it's only connecting one-on-one with your coworkers and supervisor. Take public speaking courses to help build confidence and get you noticed.Emphasize the best parts of your personality.
- 5Making excuses and shifting the blame to others only makes you look bad in the end. Own up to your mistakes and reflect on them. Consider every mistake a learning experience.Admit your mistakes and learn from them.
Showing loyalty to your boss and the company as a whole shows that you value your workplace and truly want it to succeed. There are many ways you can do this.
- 1Do things to make other team members look good behind the scenes.
- 2Everything you do reflects on your boss, from the tone of your emails to the way you present yourself when meeting new people. Maintain a professional image at all times, and never speak badly about your boss. He or she is ultimately judged by how well his or her employees perform. Exceed goals and suggest new ideas to increase sales or make things run more smoothly, such as finding new sales leads through ads or creating a project board that keeps track of goals and lets the team know when each stage is completed. Automated invoices or email responses can also save time for more valuable tasks. It reflects well on your boss when you surpass sales goals, find new clients or get the best reviews.Make your boss look good to his/her boss.
- 3Use positive feedback to encourage your coworkers to support the boss's initiatives. Find ways to help your boss achieve his or her goals through your work, and you'll both be winners.Contribute to your boss's goals.
Find and Improve Your Weaknesses
While it's true that no one is perfect, you should always strive to improve yourself. Find your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. This shows that you have determination and perseverance.
- 1Find out where you're lacking. It could be related to your personality, such as shyness or awkwardness when you need to make a presentation or speak up in meetings, or it might be skill-related, like slow typing speeds when you need to enter data quickly and efficiently. Once you discover your weaknesses, take this as an opportunity to improve.Identify your weak points.
- 2Do everything in your power to work on your weaknesses and master them. If you tend to get distracted easily while working, break tasks down into smaller, manageable pieces, taking frequent short breaks in between. If you feel like it's hard to speak up, practice with your family and friends until you feel more comfortable. If you're lacking quick typing skills, practice typing tests in your spare time. Every little thing you do can help. Improving your weaknesses shows that you're willing to do everything you can to reach your full potential, and this is the type of employee that gets noticed.Improve your weaknesses.
Tips, Tricks & Warnings
- 2Throw away clutter, use document organizers and trays to keep papers neatly stacked. Put pens, pencils and other supplies in a drawer or in a pencil holder.Keep your workspace clean and organized.
- 3Most employees are only worried about their own position. Bring useful information about current office events that the boss may be unaware of, or offer to take over some tasks if you know that he or she is swamped with work.Find out how to help your boss succeed.
- 4While it's always a good idea to try to make your boss like you, it's possible to go too far, and most people don't like the office suck-up. Avoid excessive amounts of flattery and over-sharing. Observe your boss during interactions with others. Learn what he or she likes, and avoid making assumptions.Don't be a suck-up.
- 6Especially if the relationship is between a boss and a subordinate, others might perceive favoritism, complain about it and you and your lover could find yourselves out on the street.Claims of favoritism.
- 7There is a thin line between love and hate. When love turns to hate, it could be more than just awkward to be around your former significant other. This could lead to lower performance and morale which might effect your employment longevity with that company. Even if you stay, it could impact your chances for promotion.Awkwardness when the relationship does not work out.