7 Tricks to Get On Your Boss’ Good Side
Posted by Christina Hills on June 28, 2012 at 5:48 PM
With the slowed economy and fierce competition out there, it’s no secret that we have to stand out if we want to keep our job security, much less get a promotion. Whether your manager is laid back or obsesses over every detail, there are easy ways to be the star of the team. With these 7 tips, you’ll be in your boss’ good graces, and up for a promotion, in no time!
1. Ask For Feedback
You’ll never know until you ask, so after you’ve finished that big project, check in with your boss. If you’ve done a perfect job, go ahead and treat yourself to a latte. But if your manager has a few suggestions up his sleeve, listen carefully, swallow your pride, and implement them next time. I’ve done this and guess what? It works every time!
Good news: this is a practically foolproof way to get your boss to like you! First, identify and emulate her work style. For example, if your manager looks at every detail, always keep her in the loop about what you’re working on. And if the two of you share similar passions or interests, don’t be afraid to point it out. Just don’t expect to become office BFFs –you have a job to do, remember?
3. Admit When You’re Wrong
It’s way harder to try to cover up a mistake than to admit them and learn. If you want to get your boss to like you, never lie. Instead, be direct and tell her what you did wrong. Will she be upset? Maybe, but she’ll also appreciate your honesty. And we’ve all made mistakes. What separates a great employee from the rest of the pack is learning from them.
4. Be Punctual
Use your common sense here, ladies. One of the simplest ways to get your boss to like you is showing up to work prepared and on time. Even five minutes could make all the difference.
5. Stay Organized
Always keep your desk clean, your files organized, and create folders so you can access your work quickly. It’ll show your boss that you’re the type of employee who is totally on top of things. My apartment tends to be a hot mess, but my office desk? Sparkling. But we won’t tell my manager that.
6. Get Over It
The best way to get your boss to like you is to let the little things go. Remember: your manager is far from perfect, just like the rest of us. So, if he has a mini freak-out, take it in stride. If he sends you a curt email, let it go. It’s not personal, so don’t take it that way. He’ll thank you later, I promise.
7. Stop Trying Too Hard
If you’ve been hanging around the office afterhours or follow your boss around with a notepad, stop right now! Pulling a late night once in a while is commendable, but staying late all the time will affect your performance. And your manager might even wonder why you always need extra time to complete your duties! So, write down only what’s important and go home and relax when the workday is done.
Getting your boss to like you isn’t an impossible feat! Which tips will you try before the weekend? What are some ways you’ve gotten your boss to favor you?