Your boss or employer is someone who should be of great importance to you if you are someone who are into furthering their careers. Ideally your boss should be someone who you should be in contact with even if you stop working for them. People in managerial positions have great experience that you can learn from. Not only that, they have contacts that you can use to climb the ladder of your career. It may seem self-servicing at the end of the day- but remember- in the corporate world the rule of “I scratch your back, you scratch mine” is prevalent. So in the future your old boss might contact you for help too!
Currently, you might not have the best relationship with your boss, or you might not have one to speak of at all. It is time that you change that and make it something that benefits the both of you someday. To do that there are a few things that you need to do that involve you changing your character just enough to build a nice relationship. But you should always remember that you are your own boss and should always take up tasks and challenges that best suit you!
So, without further ado, here are a few things you can do better your relationship with your boss!
The main thing your boss wants out of you is maximum performance and reliability. I would say the latter here is more important than the former but it does build off it. You should be someone your workplace and ergo your boss should rely on. Your name should be the one that is called when something arises. This only happens when you are consistent with what you do. If you hand in work in time, if you come in on time, if you put in the hours, you will eventually be seen as a consistent hard worker. This is the ideal image you would want to put in your boss’ mind. You should be someone who should be praised behind closed doors.
The only way you can accomplish this is to make yourself someone who can be relied on. Make your consistency your power. I’ve talked to countless executives who say that they wish nothing more than a person who they can blindly rely on for work. Like a well-oiled machine that you can turn on when required. It might sound a bit disconcerting, but you must be that cog in your work space that is in tune with every other.
Consistency is key!
Do Not Wait For Appreciation
It is only natural to wanted to be praised for something you accomplished. But that just does not swing in the corporate world. Waiting to be praised for something you did is somewhat childish even and honestly if you are expecting praise to come flying your way then you are in a for a rude awakening. Sure, if it does come your way then enjoy it while you can.
The main thing you should keep in mind is that you should never expect praise for something you are already expected to do. You are supposed to do your job, no one is forcing you to. If you then hold out hope for a pat on the back for every time you do accomplish a task then your boss is going to start viewing you as immature if anything. The thing is, you need to keep these cards close to your chest. At the time, do not actively seek praise, rather add it to a list of your accomplishments. Then use these as talking point when you are negotiating for anything that might be a benefit to you.
You must soldier on with your work. Your silence and your actions must speak louder than any excuses you might have made if you had not done the work.
Let Your Boss Do Their Thing
Your boss has probably been at the company for longer than anyone else. If not then they had the right skill set and the right experience that landed them that position. As such, as an employee, you must trust in the decisions that they might make. Of course, they make decisions with consideration of all employees and how it affects the workspace. You must trust in these decisions and loyally support them if you feel they are in everyone’s benefit.
Your boss just might start seeing you as a valuable and loyal asset to the company if you do Loyalty is so hard to get these days with employees being as fickle as they are. It is honestly a hard trait to find in people today. If you display this to your workplace then you can expect good things to come to you. One way of doing this is to let your boss do their thing. Voice concerns sure, but do not take an active part in dismantling every decision. No one likes being told how to do their job, and nobody likes a naysayer as well.
The ideal situation should be that you set yourself up with protection from everywhere. That is, you voice your concerns to your boss to an extent where might not really have a profound effect on them but still drives the point home. Let them then do whatever they wish, knowing that you did in fact voice concerns about problems you had and then if god forbid they fail, you can rest assured that you did your part in warning them.
Do Not Be Their Friend
Be their colleague. This is honestly the biggest mistake I see employees making all the time. They actively try and build a friendship with their bosses. Build a business relationship with them. Strictly formal. Some people might say otherwise, but in my years of experience when you start to build a friendship with your boss they then see you as that- a friend and not an employee.
The problem with that is your boss then has to be your boss at work. They may get heated sometimes and demand extra work of you. Gone is that friendship at that moment and you find yourself confused.
Other employees might start viewing you with negatively if you try and build a friendship with our boss as well. They might see your boss ‘playing favorites’. Your boss too might find it annoying or hard to draw the line between being your boss and your friend.
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