How To Keep Your Boss Happy


You go through life trying to seek approval from your superiors. You constantly want to please your parents with good grades, impress your coaches on the field, and wow your professors in the classroom. And as an adult, you want to win over your boss at work.

Al Coleman Jr., author of Secrets to Success: The Definitive Career Development Guide for New and First Generation Professionals said: "For young professionals trying to win over their boss, my advice would fall into three categories: do great work, assist and support your boss in accomplishing his or her professional goals, and consistently demonstrate an interest in the success of your boss and the organisation you work for."

Five O'Clock Club career and executive coach Anita Attridge, shared some tips for impressing your boss to win his or her approval: "Building a strong relationship with your boss will give you a better understanding of his or her expectations. Your boss's perception of you affects your salary increases and bonuses, opportunities for visibility in the organisation, and advancement opportunities."


It may seem obvious, but many employees fail to accomplish the basic tasks that are required of them. If you make a diligent effort and do a good job, your boss will be impressed.

Coleman said: "Employees who do good work, consistently, efficiently and professionally, are a joy to manage, and ultimately allow their manager to focus on critical issues within the organisation. The less your boss has to focus on you accomplishing your daily tasks, the more he or she can focus on accomplishing his or hers." It all starts here:.


* Focus on getting the job done right, on schedule, and only work late when you really have to.

* Don't make false promises or sugar coat things. When your boss asks you a question, give her the facts, even when you know it is not what he wants to hear.

* Provide relevant information in the format your boss can absorb best. For some, it may be via the printed page, and for others it may be through an email, or a face-to-face meeting.

* Be proactive in your own opportunity for advancement. Take initiative and ask for more responsibility. If you can prove yourself, you will make great strides towards a future promotion and show your boss just how valuable you are.

* Be cordial to everyone at work, share a smile and be positive. A happy worker makes the workplace a happier environment and your boss will definitely like having you around.

* Socialise with your boss, but know your limits. This will tell the boss that you enjoy his company on a personal level and that you wish to include him in your inner-circle.


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