October 16th is recognized as National Boss Day, a time for employees to show their appreciation. Sure, delivering coffee in the morning or treating for lunch is nice, but what better way to say 'thank you' than to make their daily routine just a little bit easier.
In an effort to help you help them, we have expanded on these 10 Ways to Impress your Boss. By meeting and exceeding their expectations, you may stand out as an exceptional employee.
1. Manage expectations
While it is important to focus on ways to meet and even exceed your boss’s expectations, first and foremost, you must effectively manage these expectations.
- Take the time to understand what your boss expects in regards to project deadlines and deliverables
- Communicate frequently with your boss about his or her expectations
- Set aside time or schedule checkpoint meetings to ensure both parties are on the same page
Whether it’s verbal or written, communicating ideas, deadlines and other messages to your boss efficiently is a must. Effective communication skills can differentiate you as a professional and help your boss gain confidence in your ability to take on new roles and responsibilities.
- Both online or in-person communications should be well-thought out and concise
- Think about the perception you are trying to create and choose your tone and words accordingly
3. Ask questions
It is also important to know when to ask questions. If your boss notices that you are asking thoughtful questions, they are likely to see you as a crucial contributor to the team who can add value.
- Don’t be shy when it comes to asking necessary questions
- Ask your boss or other team members about additional details regarding project requirements or possible strategies to implement on a new assignment
- Don’t always ask questions immediately, if possible, research the question or try to resolve the problem first (be proactive!)
4. Display a positive attitude
It’s expected that some days at work can be challenging or stressful when meeting deadlines or working on a budget. However, a positive attitude is a key quality that can demonstrate strength of character and can win your boss’s respect.
- Stay optimistic and encouraging in even the most difficult circumstances
- Remember, attitude is often the first thing people take notice of, make sure you leave a positive lasting impression
5. Be a team player
All employees should be working towards the same goal, whether that means generating revenue or promoting a positive image of the company.
- Be a good listener and strive to work well with others to contribute to the team effort
- Align your own goals to the team’s goals
6. Become self-motivated
Self-starters can help their bosses save time and allow them to focus on other areas. Employees that routinely rise to new challenges and demonstrate a high degree of self-motivation tend to get recognized when the opportunity for advancement is presented.
- Strive to require little direction
- If possible, take the lead on assignments
- Research details before important meetings
7. Keep your skills up-to-date
As technology evolves, so must professionals.
- Stay abreast of the latest developments in your industry
- Whether it is the latest version of software or regulatory changes, keep your professional skills up-to-date
8. Be flexible
In addition to changes in technology, changes to your team, goals and project requirements are inevitable.
- Remain flexible and adapt to changes, both expected and unforeseen
- Most importantly, continue to display a positive attitude when changes occur in the workplace
9. Pay attention to detail
When it comes to overseeing multiple projects, the reality is that your boss may not have the time to manage all the specifics.
- Pay attention to details and raise concerns when necessary
- Point out errors and correct any inaccuracies
10. Differentiate yourself
While many professionals may have the qualifications to do the job, differentiating yourself and what unique elements you can bring to the table will set you apart.
- Make these differentiating qualities characteristics that your boss can depend on
- Make small efforts such as routinely showing up to work early or consistently finding more efficient ways to accomplish everyday tasks
You want to demonstrate to your boss that you can continue to add value to the team and its goals. Ask yourself each day ‘how can I make my boss’s job easier?’
Implement these ten strategies, and you too can stand out as a star employee!