Success in the workplace is all about making solid connections, and no connection is more difficult and critical than the one you make with your boss. Performing well at work is important, but the most effective people are the ones who work well with other associates at work. Constructing a solid relationship with your boss will give you a better understanding of his or her expectations. Here are 10 tips to make your boss like you and to win his or her approval:
1. Make yourself indispensable
Find out your boss’ aims and ambition for the company and make him feel you share the same goals. This will make you Mr. Dependable for him and thus he has no option but to like you every moment.
2. Know your boss’ priorities
If you happen to be the man who knows exactly what is going to come next in your boss’ mind, you are almost there, being the apple of his eye. If you know his priorities then he would see himself. You would be like his mirror image. That is the perfect way to get closer to your boss.
3. Keep your boss informed
When you keep updating your boss with daily chores of the office, you are most likely to win his loyalty card and hence you are open to bigger bonuses and royalties if you get lucky. He would trust you with the office’s decisions and you may make the acting boss in his absence. Thus transparency is the key to success.
4. Know your weaknesses
Inspect yourself over things you should work on. If you have the ability to correct yourself with decisions, chances are, you would be seen capable enough to take the company’s important decisions which are most likely to impress your boss, leaving him with no option but to like you.
5. Respect your boss
No matter how much the power your boss gives you, do not show ego or start feeling arrogant. It’s always a good emotion to feel like a king, but remember the king-maker has a bigger role to play. Always stay grounded and make your boss feel how he has emerged as a winner in taking the company to new heights and he possesses great leadership qualities. This will give him the idea that you respect his efforts. Empathy is always going to take you ahead.
6. Apologize when you need to
To err is human; to admit is divine. Anonymous
When you know you have committed a mistake, be the first to apologize and ask him for time to rectify your mistakes. This will give him an idea that you work with an objective approach towards work and also shows your honesty, sincerity and commitment towards work.
7. Do your best to work together
Working better with your boss will help you in preserving and strengthening relationships. Try to see it as an opportunity to work with your boss on any project. Perceive yourself as a partner with your boss on the dedicated project.
8. Be proactive
Take initiative with new projects right at the time when he is thinking of allotting them to people in the office. This will show your passion towards work and make him feel less overwhelmed. Be his right hand, but do not overload yourself with too much work or everything might go the other way around.
9. Find out similarities
Try to find out common interests between you and your boss and have a conversation with him sometimes about the similarities. This will help you in making a good personal rapport with him and he would adore you more than anybody else in the office.
10. Remember the important occasions in his life
Always try to remember your boss’ special days like his birthday or marriage anniversary. It will work like a jackpot for you to impress him with your courtesy and great memory. After that requesting for a summer vacation would never be a problem at all.