Trust and communication are cornerstones of every good working relationship. These are especially important ingredients for making your boss’s life easier (and creating a good impression, too). There are a few other good ways to meet this goal. Let’s look at the top five.
1. Be trustworthy.
Commit to being the kind of employee your boss can trust to:
- Deliver – always make your deadlines.
- Represent the brand – when you understand and commit to the mission and values of your organization, your boss can trust you to be an ambassador.
- Show up – arrive at work on time.
2. Communicate effectively.
Communication counts, too:
- Honor your word – clearly say what you mean and mean what you say. Your boss wants to be able to value your perspective and input.
- Be honest and open – don’t offer one set of comments to your boss and another at the water cooler.
- Share your view – you have a unique perspective of projects and the work environment. Share what you know with your boss to help broaden his or her view.
- Offer suggestions – problems will come up in every work setting. Rather than always being the bearer of bad news, be willing to explore and offer creative solutions.
- Share concerns – if something is wrong, don’t sulk and make your boss wonder or guess what the problem might be. Schedule a meeting at a convenient time and share your concerns.
3. Cultivate emotional intelligence.
Self-awareness is one of the biggest indicators of success in the workplace. Emotional intelligence lets you understand what is happening within yourself at any given moment as well as how others experience you. Use this information for better relationships that contribute to a more productive work environment. You’ll be a stand out employee.
4. See your boss as a person.
Get to know something about your boss – the person behind the title. When you know something about the boss you will understand how best to share information, what goals matter most, and how or when to take some of the load off.
5. Be self-directive.
Don’t force your boss to be a micro manager. Take initiative wherever you can. Be responsible for your learning and growth, ask questions, offer answers, look for opportunities that interest you and take advantage of them as appropriate. Keep your boss in the loop as you go.
Ultimately, your boss needs to be able to depend on you to help them do their best work. As the saying goes, everyone sinks or swims together. Your boss needs to depend on you to keep the boat afloat.