They pay your salary, set the bar tab limit at the work Christmas party and hashtag their ‘grams with #likeaboss, but what’s your boss not telling you? We’ve delved into the mind of the boss to establish the unspoken rules of the workplace everyone should know…
1. Your boss doesn’t want to know
This might sound a little contradictory, but your boss has enough on their plate. Avoid telling them about the problem unless you’ve already thought about how you’re going to solve it. Hot tip? Knowing this about your boss will put you on the fast track to bonus-town.
2. You don’t always have to agree
In fact, it’s better if you don’t! There’s plenty of Insta-worthy quotes about how if you’re the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room, particularly if everyone in the room is nodding at everything the boss has to say. If you disagree with your boss, tell them why. Make sure you can back up your perspective if you’re questioned.
3. Own up
Straight from the mouth of How To Win Friends and Influence People guru, Dale Carnegie, don’t try and weasel your way out of something if you’ve made a mistake. If you’ve truly stuffed up, figure out what you’ve learned from it, how you’re going to fix it, and go to your boss direct. Don’t play the blame game, and don’t (I repeat, don’t) try to sweep mistakes under the rug.
4. Just say it
Passive aggressiveness in all forms is just the pits. Nobody wants to work with the passive aggressive person, whether it’s the boss, the sales gun or the cleaning lady. We have to spend a whole lot of time together in the office, so if it’s in your nature to be passive aggressive, get it tattooed on your forehead, so those hiring you can avoid you like the plague. Either that, or make a real effort to work on this aspect of your personality.
5. Your ‘tude matters
Just because there are people who have made millions off Snapchat doesn’t mean you’re going to be the next to be discovered. Have that as a goal, but in the meantime, work your butt off. These days, most workplaces are all-hands-on-deck, so if your boss asks you to pitch in, don’t roll your eyes and claim you just got a manicure.
If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Your boss is not solely responsible for your career development, and it should be your goal to stay current in your field. If there’s a course, a workshop or a conference that’ll make a big difference to the way you work, ask to attend! Your boss will be super grateful that you’re thinking of ways to better yourself.
7. Your boss probably won’t remember everything you’re doing…
Sorry, but once it’s off your boss’s plate and onto yours, your boss’s mind is on to other things. Don’t get annoyed if your boss doesn’t remember everything you’re working on – they’ve got the big picture to think about, like keeping you employed.
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