Five Ways To Impress The Boss
Look The Part
The best-dressed guy in the office is always going to turn heads, and don’t think the boss won’t notice. Give yourself more physical presence, too, by standing tall, dropping shoulders and literally keeping your chin up. Standing tall conveys both confidence and competence.
Find Them Fascinating
Not to the point of fawning git-ness, but when the boss talks, listen like you’re genuinely interested, whether it’s about work or his/her kid’s football team. Don’t look at your phone or scan the room. A simple nod shows engagement.
You don’t need a body language expert to tell you that smiling wins people over; it’s simply something in our DNA. When you smile at someone the message is you’re happy to see them, which is good for their endorphins. Just make it a genuine one, not a grin-mace. Or anything lechy.
There’s nothing that impresses management like an employee who takes the initiative and surprises them with an idea that will save money, or make their working lives easier. Not every idea will be a winner, but if you keep pitching something, eventually it will stick.
Offer a Solution, Not a Problem
He or she has plenty of people who pour into their office to detail problems and ask that they be fixed. Think of a process in the office that needs remedying and come up with a proposal. Then, surprise your boss next time you’re in the lift and hit him with it. The effort will be noted.