How to Impress Your Boss at Work


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Everyone wants to impress their boss.

It’s in our DNA to try to please those in positions of authority in our lives.

We want our boss to like us and think of us when special opportunities or promotions arise.

Of course, it’s not just your winning personality that will get you noticed.

So here are five ways to impress your boss at work.

1. Arrive early and depart late

Nothing impresses a supervisor or manager more than seeing an employee arrive at work before them or staying late after regular hours.

It is true that in today’s working world, extra hours are often expected in many occupations, but the boss will be grateful if they see an employee, especially a new employee, go above and beyond.

When someone stays later to finish a project or arrives a few minutes early to get a head start on the day, it demonstrates dedication to the job and to the organization.

Employers notice this dedication, and it is rarely overlooked when it comes to bonuses, special recognition, or promotions.

2. Volunteer

Volunteering is another excellent way to demonstrate to your boss your dedication and commitment to the organization.

People who volunteer for extra work after finishing their own or offer to take on a difficult assignment become the organization’s go-to guys and gals.

It doesn’t have to be much, and it certainly doesn’t have to be all the time, but raising your hand every now and then will reap many benefits.

These include your boss’s smile and, more often than not, much more than your well-deserved pat on the back. Volunteers generate their own buzz at work, and managers and employers appreciate volunteers.

3. Take Responsibility

When something goes wrong at work, many people simply hide under their desks and pretend nothing happened. Or that they had nothing to do with whatever terrible thing had just happened.

If you want to be noticed positively by your boss or supervisor, speak up the next time something goes wrong.

Accept your share of the problem, acknowledge your role, and whatever else you do, don’t blame anyone else!

Even if it was almost entirely someone else’s fault, it is not your job to assign blame or point fingers. This will only make you appear ineffective and weak in front of your manager. You may speak with the other person later, but do not publicly identify them or their error.

4. Fix Your Own Errors

When it comes to mistakes, nothing makes a boss happier than an employee who can fix their own. You will almost certainly need to seek assistance the first time you make a mistake.

After all, that is how we learn. However, by the second or third error, your boss would prefer that you figure it out and fix it on your own. Once you’ve mastered that, you can work on never making the same mistake again.

That will truly impress your boss. Because that means you’re finally acting like an adult at work, not only cleaning up your own messes but also making fewer of them as you learn and grow.

5. Request and Listen to Feedback

Some employees claim that they want feedback on their work performance when, in reality, all they want is for their boss to tell them that they’re doing a good job.

That’s nice when it’s true, but employers want employees to constantly improve at work, both in terms of performance and productivity. To improve, we must practice and be coached in order to hone our strengths and address our weaknesses.

If you truly want to impress your boss, begin by paying attention when they offer you advice and guidance, and then go a step further by asking for feedback.

If you listen to their advice and implement some of it in your work, you will not only impress your bosses, but you will also be moving into wow territory.

We all have different strategies for impressing our bosses. What has worked for you in the past? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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