By Kibet Tobias
Are you looking to advance your career?
You need to understand that your boss plays a very important role in your career. If you are lucky, he or she can be your mentor and someone who can help you make the right career choices.
That said here are a few things that your boss wants you to know but can never say to your face.
1. Your attitude matters
You might think that all that matters is, working hard, fulfilling your responsibilities and receiving positive feedback.
But did you know that attitude and interpersonal skills matter the most? If you are the type of employee who complains a lot and frequently kills ideas from coworkers or acts like a know-it-all in the office, you might be considered difficult to deal with.
You might end up losing out on new career advancement opportunities even if you are performer. This is because most organizations don’t tolerate difficult personalities.
Next time, you receive an extra project or negative feedback; take it in stride and work towards becoming better. A foul attitude won’t get you far in the work place.
2. Working 24×7 isn’t Impressive
Are you regularly leaving the office late?
There are many reasons for leaving the office late continuously. Maybe your schedule is not realistic, so you have to spend extra time in order to complete some tasks on time.
Whatever the reason, staying up late in the office could be sending the wrong message.
You may think it shows you are committed, but your boss may see it as you being overwhelmed with work.
To avoid this, plan your workday well.
3. It is okay to disagree with the authority
Your boss probably wants to hear your input towards a project. He or she wants to see how best to deal with a difficult situation.
For this reason, they are open to disagreement and criticism of their ideas
If you think your manager or supervisor doesn’t welcome your feedback, maybe it is because you deliver it the wrong way.
You just need to be emotionally intelligent about how you present your feedback. Use the appropriate tone to frame the conversation in a way that shows you are a collaborative member in solving the problem.
4. Feedback is meant to help you
Every one of us in the office never wishes to hear “you’re not doing well enough”
But what happens if your supervisor never bothers to tell you? How do you know whether you are moving in the right direction or not?
Without feedback, you will be wondering why other people are progressing in their careers while you are still stuck the same point.
You don’t want to get passed over when promotions are happening. Your manager doesn’t give you feedback to annoy you or put you down. They do it because they want you to do well in your career for your benefits as well as the company’s. Learn to always take feedback calmly without getting defensive.
5. “I want you to ask for help when you need it”
As an employee, you are a key player to the company. Your manager wants to know when you’re struggling with a particular problem on a project or any other work related issues.
Things will not be smooth in the office every time. So if you experience work-related frustrations, don’t hide your problems.
Instead of suffering silently, approach the right person in the office, ask for advice and get some help.
If you are looking to advance your career, these are some of the most important things no one will ever tell you in the office. Keep these things in mind when performing your daily tasks and you will be giving yourself a chance to succeed. Good luck!