7 Tips that will make your boss think you’re a superhero!
1. Know Your Boss Better
“It doesn’t mean you need to be friends with them or hang out with them” according to Andy Teach says, “but you do need to learn what makes them tick.” Know what their goals, how they work best, what their biggest work frustrations are. When you know these things, you are better able help your boss and your company, and by doing so, you are making yourself indispensable.
2. Study Your Industry.
Your industry is constantly changing and you need to keep up with what’s happening now, Teach says. “Most industries have trade magazines or websites that have the latest news in that industry. It’s important to read these so that you are well informed and can discuss recent industry events and changes with your co-workers, supervisors, and management.” This will also help you be more effective when problem-solving… information is power.
3. Invest in Learning
To follow up with the last point, many companies encourage employees to go back to school and pick up courses that can help them do their job better, Meador says. “If you are pursuing an MBA, try to immediately translate your newly gained business knowledge into tangible action at work, as this can grab the attention of company decision makers and show them what you can do for the company.”
4. Find a Mentor
Everyone needs someone to teach them the ropes; to guide them through their career, Teach says. “Find someone at your company whom you respect and want to learn from. You don’t need to directly ask them to be your mentor, just keep the communication lines open and take them out to lunch once in a while.” You can talk to them about non-work interests as well–but when you need work advice, they’ll be there for you.
5. Improve Your Communication
Listening is the key to good communication. Listen to those around you, especially your boss, and make sure you are listening well, so you can know how to respond well. When you are responding be clear, specific, and concise. Know exactly what you want to say. It can help to write it down beforehand if you have the chance. If you aren’t clear, specific, and concise there is a good chance that your boss will see you as incompetent, unprepared, and clueless.
6. Follow Through on Commitments
“One of the most important things you can do as an employee is to follow through on work commitments,” Meador says. “Do what you say you are going to do in a quality manner, on time and on budget.” Your co-workers and management will see a pattern of reliability from you, which should increase their trust and confidence in your work, she adds. “Over time, this should translate into key leadership taking notice of the value you bring to the organization and may lead to challenging, promotional opportunities down the road.”
7. Volunteer to get Involved
The more you can help across all business units, the better, Meador says. “Lending expertise, time and effort to other teams will help you get to know other aspects of the business as well as help you connect with people across the company,” she says. “However, remember that your current position and duties are the most important, so be sure not to bite off more than you can chew.”
By Jacquelyn Smith
Article from forbes.com (14 Ways To Be Better at Your Job In 2014)
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