If you want to strengthen your job security it is a great idea to quickly
learn what is important to your boss. What does she really want from the
staff? Every boss is different just like every company, business, and work
situation can be different.
However, there are certain things that every boss wants from their
employees. Learn to deliver these basics every day and you will build a
more stable position for yourself at work.
1. Show up on time.
It is shameful that this needs to be said, but too many people drive the
boss crazy by not showing up for work at the scheduled time. Another
variation of this issue is showing up right at the 9am start time, but
spending 30 minutes going through your morning
gossip/coffee/bathroom/logging on routine. Stand out by being ready to
work 5 minutes early.
2. Don't complain.
Recognize the difference between giving the boss constructive feedback
versus complaining. Bosses don't want to hear complaining - for example
half of the staff thinks it is too cold while the other half thinks it is
too hot. Bosses have lots of ways to deal with complainers -
avoid/transfer/fire, etc. None of those options are good for you.
3. Be polite.
It is easy to forget about common courtesies during a fast paced work day.
However, because we just don't seem to get it as much anymore we tend to
be fond of those who treat us and others politely and with respect. Treat
your boss and co-workers politely and you will be perceived as more
likeable...a highly favorable trait in the workplace!
4. Don't bring your drama to work.
There are enough problems for your boss to think about at work let alone
having to listen to your personal drama unfolding at your work space. Deal
with personal phone calls or stories during your break times or when
you've punched out for the day.
Some employees get very nervous around the boss. This nervousness can
become so bad that it makes the employee do or say things that they
normally wouldn't. The boss is a person just like you. Relax when you are
with the boss and use the opportunity to gain the boss's trust.