If you’re trying to get ahead at work, you really need to get yourself noticed by your boss. But getting yourself noticed for all the right reasons without risk of alienating yourself from your colleagues for ‘sucking up’ can be a bit of a balancing act!
Here are our top five tips for standing out and impressing your boss without losing respect in the process:
1. Show them you’re interested in the business
In most large corporations a percentage of the staff are just there because it’s a ‘job’. They have no interest in the business beyond their own role and would struggle to tell you how the job they’re doing fits in with the business, its aims and long term goals.
Don’t be this person! Show a genuine interest in the business and its success by completing a competitive analysis report and presenting it to your boss. You may not have all the answers, but demonstrating an interest and showing that you want to be part of the journey can’t fail to impress.
2. Go the extra mile
I’m not talking about staying at work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but showing that you’re not afraid to put in some extra hours when needed will go a long way in the eyes of your boss.
It could just mean staying after your shift has finished to fully explain something complicated to an unhappy customer (rather than passing the call to your boss) or going out of your way to help a colleague even if this means your work may be slightly impacted.
If you do make it to the next rung of the corporate ladder, this type of behaviour will be expected so you may as well make a habit out of it now.
3. Bring one big idea
Make it your mission to propose at least one big idea to improve the way your department or business works each and every week. You can either speak to your boss directly or post them somewhere everyone can see them. It doesn’t matter how off the wall they are, they will generate excitement and get people talking. Great things are often borne from the craziest of ideas.
4. Be a ‘yes’ person until it’s a no
Be the person your boss can rely on by saying ‘yes’ to as many things as you feasibly can. Stretching yourself beyond your comfort zone will help you personally progress and is sure to get you noticed by the right people.
However, don’t take on so much extra work you struggle to get your own job done. Being assertive and saying no can be difficult, but following it with a reason and an alternative solution if possible shows great leadership skills.
5. Fake it till you make it
And on a final note, if you’ve been given additional responsibilities and you’re feeling nervous about delivering for fear of letting your boss down, remember to ‘fake it until you make it’!
Be confident in your abilities and concentrate on the things you do well, rather than the bits you’re unsure of. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make notes you can refer back to in the future.