The boss is similar to a dictator. He or she has eyes everywhere, monitoring your performance and taking meticulous notes. One wrong move on your part can transform them into Dr. Jekyll, which often leads to the infamous words uttered by Donald Trump, “You’re Fired!” When they hold the power to fire you, they become your living nightmare.
Therefore, it becomes important for you to be in their good books. This means sucking up to them once in a while. Come on, who doesn’t like to hear that their leadership is commendable? However, this may not be the best advice if you lack acting chops. So, an alternative tactic to try is to look through the eyes of the boss. From your boss’s perspective, these six things about attitude will help you become the perfect employee:
1. Provide Solutions to Problems
Don’t go up to the boss telling them there is a problem that needs to be looked into. Instead, become the person that provides solutions for the problem and not the other way around. At work, the ball is in your court; all eyes are on you. But no pressure; it’s just that it’s a valuable tactic to get in your boss’s good books faster.
2. Take Ownership of Your Work
When the boss gives you an individual task, they are putting you through a test to see if you can take the stress of completing the project with dedication and on a successful note. They will judge each and every action of yours like a hawk. If you want to shine in the spotlight, stay determined, obsess over details, and rectify problems before they take shape. In no time, you will become the go-to person for difficult projects, not to mention a star in your boss’s eyes.
3. Maintain a Positive Working Attitude
If you aren’t a team player, you can see your job slipping from your hands. If you are standoffish, you will only make enemies. Now, who wants to be known as the person who’s a nightmare to work with? Be open to hearing other people’s ideas and most importantly, maintain a high level of tolerance, as there is no place in an organization for a person with a poor attitude.
“For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.” ~ Walter Scott
4. Take Feedback Positively
Without feedback, there is no way for you to tell how you are doing as a performer. If you don’t know how you’re performing, you won’t have a chance to improve, there won’t be a promotion waiting for you in the near future, and you will be stuck getting the same type of assignments over and over again. For people who get bent out of shape about it, they need to look at the bigger picture. Instead of hearing “you’re not doing well and need improvement”, hear “you are doing well, just need a little improvement in certain areas, and you will be fine.” Step up your game and search for feedback rather than letting it come to you.
5. Attempt to Solve the Problem
Your boss will not want to hear you complain about a certain co-worker acting out. Instead, your boss will expect you to solve the problem like grown-ups. If no solutions come up to resolve the ongoing employee soap opera, the boss can step him, but he or she will not be happy doing it, as they are not your mom. The solution that works the best in these types of situations is for you to act like an adult and not child.
6. Request Help with Tasks
Never become that person who is too proud to ask for help. No one is perfect and your boss will appreciate it when you make the effort to ask for his or her help. If you are struggling to comprehend something, don’t hide in your shell, hoping that people won’t notice it. If you ask for help, your willingness to learn and improve will be a plus in your boss’s book.
Once you start seeing through your boss’s eyes, your talents and skills will be up front and center.
A Selection of Attitude Quotes
“The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up.” ~ John C. Maxwell
“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” ~ Hans Selye
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