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16 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You by Ray Vaughn

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16 Ways to Make Your Boss Love You

Sixteen Ways to Get Your Boss To Love You

Want to be recognized by your boss and get a promotion. Contrary to popular belief, it's not about sucking up to your boss or trying to be their best friend that gets you a promotion. Here's what the bosses have to say. Follow their tips and your own boss will think you're a real star.

1. Don't ask questions you can answer. Your boss has already got enough to do. If you know what should be done, do it. Take the initiative and show the boss that you have the initiative and ability to do your job. This also raises the boss’s confidence in you and places you on the list for promotions and special assignments which can lead to promotions.

2. Solutions, not problems. Don't go to your boss with a problem if you haven't spent at least 10 minutes thinking of possible solutions. It will impress your boss if you go to them with a tricky issue and then suggest ways to resolve it.

3. Never apologize. There's a right way to do this. Starting off with an apology makes you look weak. Next time you make a mistake, try this: "I think this project could have been better." or "In retrospect, I think I should have done it differently." or "Next time I would..." Your boss will be impressed and focus on what you've learned rather than what you've done wrong. Take responsibility for your mistake but don’t apologize for mistakes.

4. Don't get emotional. Don't ever send an email in a moment of anger or frustration. It's tempting to reply immediately after reading an email that angers or upsets you especially if it’s one that has a cutting nature to it and especially if you are sensing some work related attitudes from the employee sending the email. Write your response immediately, but don't send it. Wait at least half an hour, then re-read the original email and your response. Nine times out of ten, you will have calmed down and can send a much more constructive and considered response. Your boss will admire your diplomacy. Remember, you should respond calmly and with reason and not react with emotion. If you continue to receive disturbing emails from an individual you may have to share those emails along with your measured responses with your boss to put a stop to the disturbing and emotional emails.

5. Go beyond the call of duty. ”Don’t say Its not my Job or That’s not in my job description !”We all get asked to do things that aren't strictly in our job description." Take on new challenges. Sometimes, the best way to find your calling is by trying new things. You may well learn something new and your boss will be impressed by your 'team spirit', and remember that you pitched in to help. Your boss will think of you for new assignments and promotions in the future and will remember you during your yearly performance evaluation.

6. Don't insult your boss’s intelligence. There's a right and a wrong way to call in sick. Sending an email, text message or calling in sick to the HR Manager is a sure sign that you're lying. Next time, grow up and call your boss directly. Failure to communicate directly to your boss is a sure way to make them suspect that you are lying and thinking the boss doesn’t know this is an insult to your boss’s intelligence.

7. Ask for and give feedback. "I love it when someone from my team gives me feedback on something I've done." Communication works both ways and we all respond well to positive feedback. If there's something that your boss does that you like, tell him/her. Something as simple as saying "I appreciated your support in that meeting" will make your boss sit up and take notice of how his/her actions affect you. Positive feedback will reinforce the behavior and will improve your working relationship with your boss which can lead to other good things.

8. Stop Complaining About Everything. There's always one person who complains about everything. And often, they try to recruit others onto their complaint wagon. We all need to let off some steam every now and then, but your colleagues and boss will notice if you're always the instigator or if you are always finding a reason why everything does not work for you. Your boss will note that it’s “just you”. Like the boy who cried wolf, how will your boss ever know when there's a real problem? Your boss will respect you more if you pick and choose your battles and steer clear of 'group complaining.

9. Be proactive. "I take note of people who actually follow through with their ideas." We all have lots of suggestions on how to improve things at work or ideas for new projects. It's no use sending your boss a list of ideas, it's likely that none of them will actually happen unless you also take responsibility and become proactive in getting these projects going. Pick one or two of the best ideas and follow through with them. Take the initiative. Your boss will not only admire your innovative thinking, but the initiative you've taken to make them happen. This can and will lead to better things on the job for you.

10. Don’t be a trouble maker in the workplace. Trouble makers disrupt the work environment, decrease productivity, job satisfaction, create fear among co-workers and this leads to a loss of focus on the job and takes valuable time and energy away from your boss’s schedule to deal with the trouble maker. Trouble makers do not survive for long and they are eventually eliminated and ostracized. Be proactive in promoting a friendly and work conducive working environment that is noticeable to your boss. Do not have discussions about problems or perceived problems in a format that does not lead to the resolution or correction of the issues discussed. If you have an issue that needs the boss’s attention, bring it to their attention and offer plausible resolutions if you have any.

11. Do not go over your boss’s head or out of the chain of command. This is probably the worse thing that an employee can do to lose their boss’s trust. Once the trust bond is broken, it may never be restored. You may never be chosen for promotion by your boss and your future yearly evaluations may be diminished in some way. The only exception to going out of the chain of command is when your boss is doing something illegal and you know it.

12. Don’t Embellish Reports to your Boss. This is often a strategy employed by trouble making personnel. Report accurately and precisely and don’t go into extreme detail unless your boss asks for the detail. Don’t attempt to misdirect his/her scrutiny or cause your boss to apply scrutiny when it is non justified. If you do, you will be the one who is ultimately under the boss’s scrutiny.

13. Don’t be a part of office gossip or complaining. If you are aware of office complaining, backbiting and bickering, don’t become involved. Avoid it like the plague and if it continues bring it to your boss’s attention and let your boss know that you are not part of the disruptive processes at work. Your boss may not like the message, but he/she will not shoot the messenger. Reporting such activities will set you apart from these activities thus securing your position and confidence with the boss. Those who do not report and tolerate such activities or become caught up in these activities stand a chance of reprimand or warnings, which can lead to loss of future salary gains, loss of promotion opportunities and ultimately job loss.

14. Your Boss Signs your Paycheck. Don’t forget this important fact. What your boss thinks of you is the most important thing to your job. Maintaining your boss’s praise, respect, confidence and trust opens the door to all things good such as job promotion opportunities, salary increases, good performance evaluations, praise and overall satisfaction in the job you are doing. Your boss will do your evaluation yearly. What your boss thinks about you and what you have demonstrated to the boss during the preceding months will shape your evaluation and your annual salary increase is tied directly to how well you do on the performance evaluation. One significant negative incident can decrease your evaluation performance score by 30-40 % or more and this can affect your salary increase at raise time proportionately. If you rate on a scale of 1-8 an 8 and the raise for scoring 8 is $ 2900.00/yr. but an incident or occurrence has decreased your performance rating down to a 5, then your raise will be $ 1800.00 a year. This represents a loss of $ 1100.00/yr. for every year that you continue to work with the company. An error in behavior or good judgment or performance that affects your evaluation and what your boss thinks of you could cost you $ 11,000.00 over a ten year period. Mistakes that are noticed by your boss and un-resolved can be very costly to you in promotions and your bank account.

15. Don’t generate a written warning from your boss concerning conduct or performance. A verbal warning precedes a written warning and if you ignore a verbal warning and continue to the point that a written warning is required, your boss is already thinking that you are probably not going to meet the required performance goals and is probably anticipating your dismissal in advance. Take all verbal warnings or recommendations to heart and demonstrate to your boss that the subject is resolved and be proactive in your efforts so that your boss notices you are abiding by his/her recommendations and have taken them to heart. Your boss will see as someone who has learned and adjusted their performance to fit the required goals.

16. Bad attitudes in the workplace Don’t demonstrate a bad attitude at work to a co-worker or your boss. Bad attitudes cause friction in the workplace and take away from job satisfaction and productivity. Bad attitudes will be adjusted by the boss and remember, they may cost you in your bank account. In finale, everyone should perform at their maximum level of productivity, working readily with co-workers, promoting harmonious employee relationships and being proactive at making the work environment a great place to work which creates job happiness for yourself and your coworkers as well as making the management of the employees a pleasure for the boss. Your boss will love you for making their job easier and fun.

The 16 Ways to Make Your Boss Happy are a No Brainer for most of us but in today’s work force, many employees need to be reminded and more than that, they need to be shown the necessity of knowing these 16 ways and the consequences of ignoring them or half heartily following these guidelines. Employees with Brains, Ability and Talent combined with common sense and know-how will be successful in their job and many will climb the latter to success. Those lacking these attributes will be eliminated. Remember, we have the boss as our leader, but we are all called upon to lead ourselves to success and job happiness through our good efforts accountability and good judgment. Everyone wants a job they are happy in and excited about going to every day. I wish you happiness in your job.

Article by Ray Vaughn HealthCare Marketing Specialist Developing Successful Marketing Strategies for HealthCare. 9 ways to make your boss love you was originally published on The original work has been added to in this article and this presentation does encompass the original 9 ways theme.

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