Your boss decides if you deserve an appraisal, if you will finally get that long awaited promotion and which projects you will handle. And in the recent times of economic crisis, your boss can also decide who gets the pink slip. Hence, it is important not only to be good at what you do, but also to keep your boss pleased at all times. Here is how you could stay in the good books of your boss:
1. Be ready to volunteer When your boss asks for volunteers for a project that everyone would rather stay away from, you can opt to volunteer and get noticed by your boss. Even if it may involve working on weekends or doing a task that you dislike, it will definitely leave a lasting impression on your boss.
2. Be an all rounder Learn how to use basic office appliances like the printer, how to send a fax or even how to refill ink for the scanner. So the next time when your boss is in a hurry and has to get some printouts for an important meeting, you can quickly step in and help him organize these small things. Your boss will definitely remember and appreciate your timely intervention.
3. Learn how to do damage control Even if somebody else in your team has goofed up, step in as a team player and assume responsibility for damage control. Assure your boss that you will help to correct flaws and take care of the situation. This will make you the ‘savior’ in your boss’s eyes.
4. Keep your boss posted Keep your boss ‘in the loop’ on all projects by marking him/her on important mails being sent out to the clients. Also, occasionally ask your boss for inputs or suggestions on important projects. This will make him/her feel valued.
5. Be enthusiastic Always try to be enthusiastic about work and the projects assigned to you. Do your research and go prepared for a meeting. This will leave a strong impression on your boss, making you come across as someone who is responsible, dedicated and capable.
We all feel that the boss is exceedingly demanding, unthinking, irrelevant and useless. But you can’t exactly spill the beans in public!
• If you feel that you have been treated unfairly or that you deserve better hearing, it would be wiser to approach higher ups rather than cull a storm amidst colleagues. Office colleagues are not the best discussion forums to analyze the boss! • When caught in a situation where you are asking yourself: `Isn’t this mad man (or woman) out of his (her) mind?’ let things settle down, and try to discuss the matter out with a senior or if you have the access, then directly with your boss. • And remember, approach calmly and drop all aggression. That way he/she will definitely give you a fair hearing. What’s more the probability that your boss will see your point of view is way higher.
The bottom line: Never tell the boss, or anyone else for that matter, that `the boss is not right’!
Are you facing teething troubles with the boss? Are both of you at loggerheads at the slightest provocation? Chances are that the thresholds of responsibility are not clearly demarcated and the ill-defined grey zone could be triggering off sparks. Another possibility is that the senior is keen to have a low-maintenance employee who could give him/her a good ego boost. Keep these in mind when trying to find a solution.
Discuss your role in the company with your senior (with whom you are facing trouble) underlining the responsibilities that have been assigned to you.
Outline contours and function areas that you are operating within, stressing on how you should be functioning within these.
Define targets and goals that should measure up to prove your worth.
A healthy and one on one discussion broadly covering these areas should go a long way in reducing tension. It is also a healthy practice to maintain a copy of minutes of the meeting detailing what had transpired between you and the senior.
Concentrate on the work rather than being one up on the boss.