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10 Effective Ways To Make Your Boss Like You

10 Effective Ways To Make Your Boss Like You

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tayyab Babar

Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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