We all want to impress our boss at work. In a competitive environment, coworkers are always trying to outwit and outwork each other in order to get some kind of incentive from their boss. This could be something big, like a paid vacation or a cash bonus. On the other hand, the incentive could also be a simple compliment from your boss, to get on his good side. After all, pleasing your boss could even lead to some kind of future promotion. At the very least, your boss could be a reference for you when you are applying for a higher position within the company, or at some other company.
Whatever your reason is to impress your boss, you will want to start doing it as soon as possible. After all, you never know when you are going to be laid off or demoted because your boss is unhappy with you. Even if your boss is happy with you, he may be happier with someone else. A company can only hold so many positions these days. Employers and managers are going to keep the employees that are the most productive and essential to the company’s needs. An employee that just does substandard work will be let go first. In this economy, it could happen anytime. Most people now work on a per week basis and they may not know if they will have that job the following week. So, you might want to start impressing your boss in one week’s time before you are laid off!
You may be thinking, “How can I possibly impress my boss in one week?” It might sound like a challenge, especially if you have had problems with your boss in the past. Don’t worry because change can come quickly if you simply make a few adjustments with yourself and your performance.
One thing you can do is to dress more professionally. There are a lot of laid-back dress codes now in companies, where you are only required to dress in business casual attire. This usually consists of khakis and a polo shirt. Instead of wearing this, try wearing a suit and a tie. Chances are, you will stand out a lot better amongst your coworkers who are probably wearing their usual business casual attire. If your boss comes around and notices that you are dressed more professionally than your coworkers, then you will definitely make an impression.
Another strategy is to do more work than is required of you during your shift. For example, if you work in a call center as a customer support agent, you are judged by how many phone calls you have handled successfully in a given day. So, try handling your calls faster, but with professionalism and intelligence. Your boss will be impressed with you if he sees that you’re accomplishing more work than everyone else.
Workers often get too caught up in themselves and try to work independently all the time because they feel they have to be in competition with their coworkers. Even though the workplace is technically a competition, there is also a lot of team work involved. This is the tricky part about impressing your boss because if you work in a team environment, you may be doing more work and somebody else may get the credit for it. What you have to do in these situations is to try and volunteer to be the group’s leader. A leader of any group often gets noticed before the group’s followers. If the group does a good job, then your boss will likely give most of the credit to the leader. If you are not fortunate enough to get chosen as the group leader, make sure your boss at least knows how much of a contribution you’ve made to the group. Ask the leader to let you explain your work to the boss when the group is evaluated. You’ll want your boss to know that you exist and made a positive impact in the group.
The whole idea is to become the most noticeable person working in your department or work area. Bosses can be very busy people and may not pay attention to every little detail about each individual coworker. You need to do as much as you can to draw positive attention to yourself so that your boss will notice you. Increasing work productivity and dressing professionally will certainly be the stepping stones toward that goal.
However, impressing your boss in one week may require even more finesse. What you should do is to wait for your boss to communicate with you or your group of coworkers about something. This communication can be about anything, like an explanation of a newsletter or a request for volunteers to do overtime. Whatever the communication is, try to find some way of communicating back to your boss. If your boss is simply going over new rules and regulations, ask them a question pertaining to the new rules. And of course, if your boss is asking for volunteers to do overtime you should definitely do that. Don’t ever give your boss a lot of excuses for why you can’t do something because they don’t like that. If you start bringing in your personal drama into the workplace, you will never impress your boss.
The last important step in impressing your boss is to simply be in a positive mood. Try to show enthusiasm towards your work. If you do this, you will show your boss that you aren’t just working at the company to get a paycheck. They want workers who feel like they are a part of the company and personally want to contribute all they have to their work.
If you go to work with a dirty look and a bad attitude every day, not only will this leave a negative impression, but your boss will simply not like you as a person. These are two things you certainly don’t want your boss to feel towards you, especially if you are trying to impress them in one week’s time. No one expects you to be smiling 8 hours a day, but try to control your attitude while you are at work. If you are having a bad day, just take a breath and control your emotions. Your boss is human too and they also have bad days.
You just have to give your job the best that you can and hopefully, your boss will notice you the most amongst your peers.