Whether it is for a pay raise or for a promotion or for a great reference or just a
cubicle with a window, we all want to impress to our boss at our job. In tough
economic times, we might just be trying to avoid being first in line for a pink
slip. But honestly, do you really want to put in extra unpaid hours, potentially
work weekends, and break your Facebook and Twitter habits?
Sure, it's a means to an end and everyone has to go above and beyond when
needed. However, wouldn't it be nice to have a little help along the way? Here
are ten simple, no-effort ways that will make your boss think you?re both
indispensable and brilliant:
1 - Beat the Clock in Office
Most bosses are pretty consistent on the time they get into your office.
Take note. If yours always arrives at 7.50 ? get there at 7.45 (even if your
official start time is 8).
Bonus to you:
Arriving earlier than
the boss makes you look keen and eager. Plus, when you?re skiving on Twitter
or Facebook later in the day, you can justify it to yourself by those 15
extra minutes in the morning.
2 - Say ?Good Morning!? to your BOSS
However hungover, knackered or grumpy you?re feeling first thing in the
morning, plaster a great big smile on your face and say, ?Good Morning!? to
Bonus to you: Two friendly words
can go a long way in putting you in your boss?s good books first thing in
the day. And (if you?re following the first tip), your boss will know you?re
in the office bright and early.
3 - Volunteer Strategically
If you?re in a meeting and someone asks for volunteers, be the first to put
your hand up. That way, you?ll look keen and engaged. This will be a tough
one to swallow if your workload is already jammed but volunteering for the
right, high visibility project can increase the perception of you.
Bonus to you: You?ll ??get the task
you want (i.e. the one with least effort but highest visibility) and not get
lumbered with what the boss assigns you.
4 - Be the Printer Guru
Even if it?s nothing at all to do with your job description, learn where the
spare ink/toner is kept and how to fit it. When there?s a paper jam or
error, get someone to show you what to do.
Bonus to you: When your boss is
running around in a flap before a big meeting, you?ll be the hero who fixes
his very-important-report-won?t-print crisis.
5 - Say ?Thanks? to you BOSS
Been given a pay raise, promotion or extra day?s holiday ? or even just some
of your boss?s valuable time and advice? Make sure you say ?thanks?. If
possible, thank him/her at the time, and follow up with a short note to
express your appreciation.
Bonus to you: It takes ten minutes
of your time and perhaps a couple of dollars to buy a ?Thank You? card for
your boss. If you feel strange with this one because a man giving a man a
card is out of the norm, just send an email. In the end, it's the thought
that really counts here. Guess who?ll be first on his mind when the next
round of pay-raises comes along?
6 - Make Coffee for your senior
This will make most of the people in the office like you, not just your
boss. However for you boss,
take a minute to say ?I?m just making myself a coffee, can I get you one??
(doing so multiple times per day will have the opposite effect as you're
labeled as a brown-noser).
Bonus to you: For virtually zero
effort, you give your boss the impression that you?re a considerate,
friendly employee who cares about him/her ? bosses often feel unloved.
7 - Use The Right Jargon
Pay extra-close attention to the buzzwords that your boss uses. Drop these
into the things you say at meetings, and into your emails. This isn?t a
chance to play buzzword bingo ? what you want to demonstrate is that you?re
on the same wavelength as your boss.
Bonus to you: Sometimes you can get
away with something with just the right words. You?re not filing your emails
for lack of anything better to do ? you?re ?implementing new communication
management protocols to further the client-company relationship?.
8 - Create Procedures
Closely related to using the right buzzwords is creating the right
procedures ? that is, any which get you out of hot water. If something goes
pear-shaped at work, explain that it was ?due to a procedural error? or ?a
fault in the procedure?. Then, try to correct the process.
Bonus to you: Explaining that the
same mistake can?t possibly happen again ?once I?ve changed the procedure?
makes your boss think you?re on top of everything. Even when you so, so
9 - Leave An Email Trail
If you?re ever working from home, a cunning way to demonstrate how many
hours you?re (supposedly) putting in is to make sure that your boss is the
recipient of, or copied in to, at least one of your emails first thing in
the morning and last thing at night.
Bonus to you: Your boss will think
you?ve been hard at work between that first email at 7.30am and that last
one at 9.00pm. You actually sent that first email in your jammies (and went
straight back to bed), then took the afternoon off to catch a movie...
10 - Fake Enthusiasm
Even if your job is as dry as dust, fake enthusiasm wherever possible.
Plaster a big smile on your face and wave your hands around when enthusing
to customers or colleagues about your company.
Bonus to you: Your boss will think
you?re truly (and possibly even a bit madly) dedicated to your job. You
might find yourself enjoying it more by being enthusiastic, too.
How do you get into your boss?s good books ? without doing too much work? We are sure
that you?ve got plenty more tips to add to our comments list, so let?s hear them
in the comments and place your ideas in comments.