Statistics show that the better the relationship you have with your superiors in the workplace, the more productive you will be in your job. In fact, job satisfaction is a key factor to your success at work, particularly in commission based jobs where bonuses help to promote self esteem and motivation. So, while most of us may wish that our boss would take steps to make our lives better, in reality it is up to us to forge the gap between employee and boss for a more pleasant work relationship.
Here are some ways you may not have considered to impress your boss at work:
One of the qualities most admired in the workplace is initiative, although there is a fine line between taking things into your own hands and undermining your boss when taking too much initiative. The best way to use this quality to your advantage is to involve your boss when taking the initiative. Firstly, this helps to show that you are not undermining his or her authority; secondly, it draws a attention to how you are dedicated to your job, otherwise it might go unnoticed.
Meet your targets
Obviously, in business, the best way to really impress your boss is to do all that you can to meet your targets. This point may be easier said than done. However, if you know that you are off target, you can improve your relationship with your boss by looking for ways that you might improve your performance. This could include asking to attend a training session, shadow a more experienced member of staff or seeking advice directly from your boss.
Avoid victim mentality
Taking responsibility for how others see and treat you is the first step to improving your relationship with your direct boss and other superiors. Often we fall into the trap of behaving like a victim when our bosses treat us “unkindly” or set unreachable targets. But, acting like a victim does nothing for your sense of worth, nor does it help you reach your targets. If you think your boss is genuinely unreasonable or unethical, follow the correct routes with the HR department rather than playing the victim and complaining.
While your boss wants you to follow the tried and tested procedures that are in place for you to perform at your best, being too sycophantic can work against you. It is much better to be yourself, speak up and share your ideas, show your integrity and contribute to the development of your department than simply being a “yes man or woman.” Just remember to add a touch of humility and try not to let your ego get the better of you.
What ways do you suggest will impress your boss? Add your words of wisdom to the comments.