Create the kind of self that you will be happy
to live with all your life.
Make the most of yourself
by fanning the tiny,
of possibility into flames
Your relationship with your immediate superior or supervisor at work plays an important part in determining your own job satisfaction and opening up opportunities for career advancement. Seize every opportunity to gain the confidence and trust of your boss. Whether you are brand new to your company or you have been on the job for years, there are many ways to make yourself a greater asset.
What to Consider when You’re Thinking of Joining a Company
1. Conduct your own research. You and your boss are likely to hit it off if you are both passionate about the organization you wish to work for. As soon as you get an interview set up, check out the company’s website and press coverage to see if it feels like a good fit.
2. Evaluate the company’s investments in employee development. You can tell a lot about management, their hiring and their vision by their employee development programs. Find out what is available in terms of education and training.
3. Ask questions. An interview works best if it is a two way conversation. Request the information you need to make an informed decision.
4. Meet your supervisor. Your first contacts may be with the human resources staff. Try to get a chance to talk directly with your future boss before you accept a job offer, if possible.
5. Understand the organizational culture. It is a very promising sign when your boss and you both mesh with the culture of the company. See if you are on the same page when it comes to typical issues like customer service and financial management.
Steps to Take Once You are On the Job
1. Practice active listening. Good communication makes all the difference. Listen carefully to your boss to be clear about what is expected. Clarify the details and express your enthusiasm.
2. Become part of the team. Reach out to your co-workers. Share information and offer your assistance during busy times. A team approach is good for everyone involved.
3. Create solutions. Think of every challenge as an opportunity for you to shine. Approach your boss with your analysis of the situation and offer proposals for how to make things run better. But, do not be over-bearing or obnoxious.
4. Focus on results. Keep a record of what you contribute to the company. Talk in terms of numbers like increased website visitors and sales. Or keep track of the extra hours you work and the money you save the company.
5. Give praise! Bosses need positive feedback too. Congratulate your boss after a big deal is closed. Comment on the special skills and abilities that you notice.
6. Take initiative. Go beyond your job description. Be proactive. Pitch in wherever you are needed and can be useful. Assume greater responsibility without being asked. This goes back to the question of whether leaders are born or made. The answer is,”Yes!”
7. Be accountable. If you are willing to take a few risks, you will probably make an occasional mistake. Own up to your errors promptly and graciously. Reassure your boss that you are reliable even when things seem to be going south.
1. Establish boundaries. Work relationships sometimes turn into personal friendships. But you may still want to set some limits on the amount of sensitive information you want to share with your supervisor. In any case, be clear about your comfort level and stick to it.
2. Avoid favoritism. While there may be temporary advantages in getting special treatment, favoritism will almost always backfire. Abide by the rules and encourage fair treatment for everybody.
3. Get a life! As much as you may grow to love your job and your boss, it is always wise to nourish other aspects of your life. Spend time with your family and friends. Devote your leisure time to activities that make you happy. Take care of your physical, mental, and spiritual health.
Use your skills and positive attitude to impress your boss(es). As many companies try to operate on a leaner budget these days, you will stand out as a star employee who brings value to your organization. This will likely bring you increased job security and a strong foundation for building a rewarding career.
To your continued success!!