You want to get noticed at work, but it should only be for the right reasons. It is important to make a good impression on your boss. If you do that, he or she will be more likely to give you greater responsibility. That, in turn, can lead to promotions and raises. Here are nine ways for you to impress your boss.
1. Use Proper Office Etiquette
Your boss will appreciate it if you follow the rules of office etiquette as will your coworkers. For example, you should use your cell phone properly, have good table manners, and know how to write email for business correspondence and to use the telephone at work.
2. Face Up to Your Mistakes
When you make a mistake at work, which everyone inevitably does at some point, admit it. You shouldn't ignore your error or place the blame on others. Instead, you must take responsibility and come up with a way to fix your mistake. Your boss may not be too happy that you made a mistake to begin with, but she will at least recognize that you responded well.
3. Call in Sick to Work When You Should
Do you think coming to work when you're sick instead of staying at home will impress your boss? Reasonable bosses know that a sick employee not only isn't productive, he or she can spread an illness around the office rendering everyone else unproductive. Call in sick when you need to. Your boss and your coworkers will appreciate it.
4. Come Through in a Crisis
When the unexpected happens at work, who will make a better impression on the boss: the employer who panics or the one who springs into action? Of course, the boss will think highly of the employee who deals with the crisis quickly and effectively.
5. Know What Topics to Avoid Discussing
Staying away from subjects that make others feel uncomfortable or contribute to workplace strife may not make your boss see you in a positive light, but doing so will keep him from thinking poorly of you. Subjects that do not make for good workplace conversation include politics, religion, and incessant discussions of your health problems and other personal issues.
6. Manage Your Time Effectively
Your ability to complete projects in a timely manner will help your boss think well of you. You should demonstrate that you know how to manage your time effectively by handing in projects on time or, if possible, before they are due.
7. Dress Appropriately
Wearing the right clothes to work and, most importantly, not wearing the wrong clothes, will put you in your boss's good graces. You should dress for the "role you are playing." If you aspire to be a leader at work, dress like one.
8. Avoid Offending Your Co-Workers
Your boss will appreciate it if you do not do things that offend your coworkers. Always show respect toward them. The last thing a boss wants brought to his attention are the uncivil actions of one of his employees.
9. Represent Your Company Well at Business Meetings
When you attend a business meeting on your employer's behalf, your boss will appreciate it if you do everything possible to make a good impression. Dress appropriately, network on your employer's behalf, and bring back information.