Your most important relationships at work might feel like the ones you have with your colleagues, but inevitably, your career lifeline lies in the hands of your immediate boss.
Because we spend more time at work than just about anywhere else, we thought we’d slap together a list to help you make a few changes to your work ethic, which might seem small, but can speak volumes to your boss.
1. Try and be consistent
You don’t want your performance reviews to be all over the place – good one year, abysmal the next. Enhance your reputation by trying to consistently perform well. You want to be known for being reliable.
2. Be punctual
Although personally I’m not worried if staff start late and finish early from time to time, you don’t want it to become a habit you are known for. Get on your bosses good side by being early regularly. If you’re going to be late, at least do the polite thing and text them to let them know ahead of time.
3. Act like your boss’s colleague
You might not be on the same level as him or her, but you can make yourself available like any colleague would by lending your ear when appropriate, making suggestions, and chatting to them like you would any other colleague.
True, this might not work with every boss, but it’s worth a shot.
4. Don’t backstab the boss
This should go without saying, but it’s amazing how much chatter and gossip about the boss gets back to them. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your boss will never find out what you said about them in the office.
5. Don’t throw your boss under the bus
When your boss hired you, it was for a reason. They gave you a shot, so don’t leave them in the lurch by not turning up one day, or by resigning without any real reasons. If they’ve been good to you, be good to them. Chances are your next employer will ring them for a reference (even if you don’t put them as a referee on your CV) so it’s a really good idea to leave on good terms.
The same goes for booking leave. Where possible, give them plenty of notice.
6. Show your initiative
Prove that you can do a certain amount of work with little or no supervision. It won’t be forgotten, and a boss is always impressed by someone who hands them a completed task before they even asked them to do it.
7. Show them you want to step up
Volunteer to help out with stuff, and identify where your boss could use a hand and help him or her complete it. Make it easier for you by putting your hand up for a task you find easy, get it completed in record time and – bam! – you’ve impressed them with your eagerness and efficiency.