Have you ever noticed how some students always seem to connect with their instructors…or how some employees seem to always please their boss? Here are 3 insider tips on how to build a great relationship with your boss!
1) RESPECT! Aretha Franklin tells it like it is in her 1967 R&B hit RESPECT. “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.” Find out what RESPECT means to your boss and then show it…but KEEP IT REAL! There’s nothing worse than an employee who is “kissing up” to the boss all of the time. You’ll not only ruin your relationship with your boss but your co-workers won’t think very highly of you either.
2) INITIATIVE! Employers appreciate employees who show initiative. A good place to start is by exhibiting a good work ethic. Show up for work a few minutes early and/or stay a few minutes late. When you complete a task or project, ask for additional work. After all, isn’t that what you’re getting paid for? Better yet…find additional projects on your own. And remember, no task is beneath you! Many years ago when dining at an upscale restaurant I was surprised to find the owner cleaning the women’s restroom. This experience spoke volumes to me! I then understood why the employees were so happy and worked so well as a team. The owner set the bar for her staff. If you see something that needs done…take care of it, no matter how small it may seem.
3) OWN UP TO IT! If you make a mistake don’t try to cover it up or blame others. Admit you made a mistake and fix it. We’re all human and we all make mistakes at times. Your employer will appreciate your honesty. Honesty creates trust and trust creates great relationships!