Who knew it was this easy to become the favorite son or daughter in management’s eyes?
A few simple steps and you’re there! But don’t just try and suck up, that’s too transparent and most will see right through it. All it really takes is a little effort and some very basic common sense.
- “Manage up.” If you’ve never heard the term, it’s all about managing the people ABOVE you, and finding ways to help them succeed. Because if they succeed, you will too.
- Say thanks more often. Even when they say you did something wrong. A study in 2011 found that expressing gratitude for your boss’s feedback… even if it’s negative… will make them feel warmer toward you.
- Get to work early. People who show up early tend to be seen as more competent. But if your boss is flexible with work hours, here’s a tip: Tell them you like starting later, because it makes you more productive. (Studies have found that wording it that way makes you look better.)
- Solve problems on your own. Show some initiative, and only bring stuff to your boss if you really can’t figure it out. And even then, try to have some solutions in mind so they don’t have to come up with them.
For even more tips (on not only becoming a favorite at the office, but just to be a batter employee) check out this article in Time.