By Kat Krull
In order to really stand out at your current job — and possibly get that promotion you’ve been hoping for — you’ll want to go the extra mile. This often involves impressing your boss in one way or another.
So, what types of things can you do to make a good impression at your office? Here are several ideas:
Amp Up Your Communication
If you’ve worked at your company for a while, it’s probably pretty easy for you to go about your day and complete assignments without needing to talk to your boss. Unfortunately, this also contributes to your supervisor not having a clear idea of what you actually doeach day.
By opening up the lines of communication, you can help your boss understand how you’re reaching your goals and what types of assignments you flourish in. You can also get more feedback on each assignment. Just be sure that you know the type of communication your superior prefers — whether it’s email, phone, or a quick stop by his or her office. You don’t want to cross the line into being bothersome!
Channel Your Inner Entrepreneur
Have some great ideas for improving the workplace, business productivity, or the way you complete your work? Share them! Although not every manager is able to implement each idea, creativity and thoughtfulness are great qualities for others to associate with you if you want to make a good impression. It also shows that you understand the “big picture” of the way things work at the company, and want to be around to see it grow and change.
Help Out Others
If one week you have a lighter workload than normal, see how you can be of assistance to your co-workers or other departments. Let your boss know that you’ve finished your tasks early and would be happy to help out where needed. (Your supervisor might even want to utilize you if they have a lot of work to finish!) You may even have the chance to forge new relationships with other folks around the office.
What other things can workers do to impress their boss? Have you found success with any of the tactics listed above?