How to Impress Your Boss - No Kissing Butt Required
Making a good impression with your boss must last far longer than the interview/hiring process. In order to have an impactful and positive relationship with him or her is to stand out at all stages of your employment. Impressing your boss goes well beyond bringing in coffee and donuts on Fridays and wearing snappy suits and loafers.
Dig a little deeper to exemplify the type of employee you are any why your boss made the right choice in bringing you onto the team in the first place. Don't worry, your co-workers won't accuse you of vying for the role of "teacher's pet." These 3 tactics and long-term workplace qualities and standards will make you an employee to look up to, even by the "big man" himself!
1. Be Proactive
Sitting back and waiting to be called on is no way to progress in your role or status. Taking the initiative whenever possible is a quality bosses will notice. Wallflowers may blend in just fine, but they'll never shine as brightly as those who take proactive measures to succeed.
As perAsk Men, "If you see a new project, go after it. If you see something that needs doing, do it. And that means taking risks. Start a new task that's valuable to the company. Let your boss know what you're working on. They may take the task away from you, but they won't forget your vision."
Additionally, if you see areas of business that can be improved upon, make it your mission to make a difference. As Hongkiatnotes, "Come up with some potential solutions to solve (problems). Even if you have yet to appreciate the scenario as much as your boss does, the fact that you've showed the initiative to think through them will probably impress on him or her."
2. Be Money Mindful
Any successful business is in the business of making money. Overspending and working on a shoestring budget is not only stressful, but can lead the company into a sinkhole. Your boss will be delighted if you can work well on a lean budget and make the company more and more money with each passing quarter.
Taking note of where and how you can help save money will be a great gift to your employer. According to Ask Men, "Keep an eye peeled for ways the company can spend less, and share your ideas early and often. Found a cheaper vendor for one of your company's needs? Share it! The day may come when the company passes the savings on to you in the form of a larger paycheck."
If your savvy economic sensibilities can help the company's bottom line, be sure you'll be looked upon in high regard. This type of attention aimed towards protecting the company's assets will not be easily forgotten.
3. Keep Learning
Even people in the highest level roles of a business still have the capacity and need to continue to explore further information and education about their field. Let your boss know that you're eager to go to conferences, sit in on meetings that can help you grow, and may even seek a further degree to become more entrenched in your area of expertise.
As per Hongkiat, "When you first join an organization, chances are that your boss will only 'teach' you what you need to know in order to do your job properly. There are also things that can't be taught, such as unofficial or unwritten shortcuts that your boss and/or colleagues might know of when it comes to dealing with certain things or people. Your boss would probably prefer that you find out these shortcuts for yourself through the course of your work or interactions with colleagues. That's where your willingness to learn will help propel your career."
Read up on the latest industry news. Learn from other companies in your field who are successful. Take advice from those who are making a difference. When- and wherever you can absorb more knowledge, drink it in. When your boss sees your enthusiasm and genuine interest in moving the needle, you'll always be on their good side.
For more ways to impress starting day one, check out The Muse's advice for winning over your boss.
With individual motivation and cooperative teamwork, you'll impress your boss with your confidence and hard work. No kissing butt required!
Every time payday rolls around, I’m on top of the world. Jeff Bezos-level rich - even though I’m anything but. And then somehow the very next day, rent is due.
The cycle continues. The next payday, bills for my apartment. I find myself without a surplus of savings since I just moved and newly-furnished my apartment completely.
Even more terrifying is the looming presence of the holiday season. Halloween’s officially over and before we know it, hello Thanksgiving…and then there’s Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s. It’s insane.
I’ve been feeling very British lately. Not in a Union-Jack-obsessed, “Keep Calm and Carry-On” way. I went through that phase in 2012 with everyone else… no thank you. And it’s not even a surge of patriotism catalyzed by the Queen dying — I’m firmly team Diana and team Meghan.
Now that fall is officially here, the holidays will sweep in and I’ll have to contend with the fact that I won’t be spending them with my family in the UK. I went home to London earlier this year, so there’s not much left in my travel budget for another trip across the pond. A few domestic jaunts might be in my future, but the closest I’ll get to England this winter is watching Love Island and Love, Actually.
So in that spirit, I’ve been filling my days with content from my favorite Brits. I’m listening to all the old British rock bands I grew up listening to, patiently awaiting the new Arctic Monkeys album, and rewatching anything with Michaela Coel in it. I even shipped myself an order of British Baked Beans, so you know it’s dire.
I’ve also been watching British YouTubers like Grace Beverley — my favorite. Generally, I only go on YouTube to watch Vogue Beauty Secrets and AD Open Door videos. But I’m so glad I stumbled on Grace. Her content is a mix of London lifestyle (what lured me in), relatable entrepreneurship, and mindful productivity. I’m not a hustle-and-grind-girlboss, but as a creative person in a 9-to-5, I need all the help I can get to stay plugged in. So, the video “how to be really really really productive without getting overwhelmed” changed my approach to WFH.
Grace outlines her own productivity method: the to-do table. Instead of making a simple to-do list, she divides her tasks into a table that anyone can follow. As someone who’s survived with to-do lists for years, I recently implemented Grace’s method, and it’s revolutionized my workdays.
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I follow her routine to a tee. Here’s how it works:
Essentially, she divides her daily responsibilities into four categories: quick ticks, tasks, projects, and non-negotiables.
- Quick Ticks: Actions that take less than 5-minutes
- Tasks: To-do’s that take up to 30-minutes. Probably don’t take too much brain energy.
- Projects: Long-term list items. These help guide your priorities, even if you’re not crossing them off in one day.
- Non-negotiables: Pick 3 things each day that you must get done. This is how you’ll truly measure success.
With everything written down and sorted, next address your schedule. Meetings, deadlines, and time blocks — whatever works best for you. Write it down. Then make a pact with yourself to stick to them.
This way of categorization provides a roadmap for prioritizing your day — making you far more productive. Have you ever spent the entire day on small tasks and then suddenly realized you hadn’t moved the needle on any task? Or do you spend way too much time on tasks that aren’t a priority? No more. With your non-negotiables laid out, you know what to laser-focus on and what to dedicate energy towards.
Also, it pays to know your working style. I’m not a morning person. Yet, I have to be up and at ‘em super early. So, first thing in the morning, I march through my Quick Ticks to warm me up. I set a time limit, so I can knock out some easy wins which is totally inspiring. Then I move on to bigger things without lingering on emails or admin. For others, it might be more helpful to tackle the big things with all that early-in-the-day brain power earlier.
Grace has great tips on avoiding overwhelm and burnout. My favorite is taking more intentional breaks rather than scrolling through social media. I call this scrolling “productive” because I’m “coming up with pitches.” Oh, the lies we tell ourselves. It’s more productive in the long run to giving my brain a break with non-screen related stimuli.
Grace’s solution? Set a timer to read a real, an actual book. I’ve never thought of this. It’s a genius way to check off some books on my TBR and kickstart my creativity. After reading a good book, I’m completely inspired to write. So having books near my desk helps me step away from the computer during my lunch break for an actual reset. (And yes, the current books I’m reading are by British authors: Assembly by Natasha Brown, and Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalolu.)
In my pursuit of switching out my WFH set-up and getting my life together, I’ve engineered my workstation for success. With my new WFH essentials and Grace’s productivity technique, I’m revitalized for work — despite the fall blues and my melancholy about the pending holidays.
Here are the things getting me hyped for work and helping me crush my Grace Beverley-inspired to-do tables — no lists in sight:
Pack your bags — Southwest Airlines is having a major sale! Fares are as low as $59 one-way if you book by October 3rd.
This end-of-summer super sale is a game-changer for your travel plans through the end of the year. Summertime travel gets all the glory. But why not take advantage of your long weekends, holidays, and PTO this fall. You’ll be surprised at how much travel you can fit in. Keep the fall/winter season exciting with domestic trips that give you all the excitement without breaking the bank. All thanks to Southwest.
Here’s the breakdown:
Where can you go?
You’ll find discounted tickets to and from most airports. Sale fares apply to cross country travel, and even Hawaii, Mexico, and the Caribbean! Whether you’re visiting a new city or revisiting your last beach vacation, this sale has fares to make your travel dreams come true.
What do the fares cover?
Southwest Airlines has multiple fare tiers, each with various benefits. Wanna Get Away fares start at $59, while Wanna Get Away Plus fares start at $89. You can also find great deals on Anytime fares, which offer priority boarding and express lanes. Then there’s Business Select tickets for a luxe experience at an affordable price point.
Do you have to be a Southwest Rapid Rewards member?
You may think these sale fares are too good to be true. Is there a catch? Do you have to be a Southwest Rapid Rewards member to access them? You’re in luck — anyone can attain these fares for a limited time.
But, insider tip, you should consider signing up for Southwest Rapid Rewards. With a free sign up, you earn points and miles with each trip you take. And with this sale, each dollar you spend on these discounted tix can stretch super far until you eventually earn free travel. The only thing better than a sale is free stuff.
I’ve been browsing the Southwest Airlines site, checking out flights and dreaming.