Having a good relationship with your boss can bring a number of benefits. The more you impress them, the more likely you are to get the most coveted projects, regular pay rises and – eventually – the all-important promotion.
Here are our tips for how to get on your boss’s good side.
Don’t let the small things slide
After a few months at a job, it can be easy to fall into bad habits. Your boss will notice if you’re always coming in late or if you stop making an effort with your appearance. Conversely, coming in a few minutes early each day and dressing well can make a big impact. Show your boss you take your job seriously and that you’re willing to put in the extra effort to look and act professional.
Company time is for company business
The last thing you want is for your boss to think you’re lazy or slacking off when you should be working. Make sure you’re focused on your work tasks during working hours and save personal issues for your personal time.
This means not looking at your phone or surfing the internet when you’re supposed to be working. You can also make a point of taking your breaks away from your desk so it is clear to everyone that you aren’t shirking your duties.
Solve your own problems
You should never be afraid to ask for help when you need it, but pestering your boss with every little question won’t endear you to them. Instead of running the risk of looking incompetent, show some initiative and consider whether you already have the tools to find the solution on your own.
When it comes to smaller questions, try searching for the answer online or refer to your company’s internal documents about procedure. If you can’t find the answer there, ask a colleague before approaching your boss. The fact that you have tried to solve the problem yourself will put you in a more positive light when you do ask for help.
Beat your deadlines
Getting things done quickly is a great way to get noticed, and there are easy ways to beat your deadlines consistently. One popular method is to slightly overestimate how much time you’ll need for a given task, while still staying within reasonable bounds. This way, you can make it seem like you’re always turning your work in early – a great way to catch your boss’s eye.
Own up to your mistakes
Nobody’s perfect; mistakes are inevitable. But, if handled correctly, you can still use mistakes to win favour with your boss. Make sure you don’t try to hide errors or make excuses, as this will only make matters worse.
The best way to deal with a mistake is to be upfront about it. Acknowledge what you did and apologise. Then explain how you’ll prevent the issue from happening again. If you don’t have a strategy, then have a discussion with your boss until you’re both satisfied that the issue is resolved.
Record your accomplishments
Your boss won’t always notice your successes, especially if they’re small ones, so you’ll have to be proactive if you want to get on their radar. Keep a record of your achievements and bring these up during your reviews. Use that time to show your boss how these accomplishments are helping you achieve your objectives – and how they affect the team and the company as well.