3 Simple Ways to Impress Your Boss Without Using Flattery
When it comes to setting yourself up for a successful career trajectory, one key step is making sure you’re impressing your manager so they notice your potential. Before you go just showering them in flattery before requesting your dream title and salary to match, it’s worth asking yourself if you are fulfilling your boss’s needs? By adding simple techniques to your work day, you can easily prove that you are the right person for the job.
In our monthly Ask Our Boss series our group publisher, Alison Rice, described how she prepares star employees for a promotion: “Well before the formal promotion stage, I will start giving team members who have been consistently nailing their current role more responsibility. It could be a special project or a new avenue the business needs to explore, but it’s through this higher duties work that I can assess someone’s ability to plan, lead, meet deadlines under pressure, foresee any problems or issues ahead of time, make informed decisions, problem solve, and so on”
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In the same Ask Our Boss column, Rice reiterates her love for talent, but even more so, high performers who do so consistently, “High performers are consistent with their work ethic and display great behaviour day in, day out, for sometimes years before they are formally promoted. It’s through this hard-personal work they gain trust from senior members of the business.”
See Every Task as an Opportunity
It’s easy to start thinking that the tasks you once loved are now mundane chores, and even easier to put in half the effort. Leadership and coaching professional Anush Kostanyan advises that this could be the perfect opportunity to prove to your manager that you care. In an article for the HuffPost she explains, “Opportunities are hidden everywhere, and people who see them are the ones who prosper. Make a habit of constantly asking yourself: ‘What opportunities for growth can I carve out of this situation?’ If needed, think about this same question again and again.”
Be Honest When You’re Struggling
A common challenge that many employees face is admitting defeat. But, associate editor at The Muse, Alyse Kalish thinks that admitting your mistakes and weaknesses early on to your manager will actually be seen as strength “[Your managers] need to know when you’re struggling because it may very well affect them. That deadline you’re about to miss, that project you’re half-assing because you don’t have enough time to spend on it—those results will negatively impact your boss’ to-do list as well their reputation.”
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