Believe it or not, bosses aren't here to trip you up and there's plenty they wish you knew. Every so often they just don't get around to telling you, other times it seems awkward to spell it out, but 5 things exist that your boss isn't telling you that you need to know.
1. They Don't Really Care How Many Hours You Clock
If you think you'll just outstay your work colleagues and be first in line for a promotion then you can think again. Your boss isn't worried about the time you clock in or out. When the work is done well or you're getting the results they require, in fact, it might impress them. If you're ultra-efficient and complete your work and have a full and happy life outside the office at the end of the day that'll make you a more inspiring person to have on the team.
2. Just Doing Your Job Isn't Enough to Become More Valuable
Being the star at exactly what's expected isn't that impressive. Sure, it's great to meet the mark but in the competitive 21st century job market, if you're looking for promotions, then you'll need to be proactive and investigate options for innovating and anticipate the current or future needs of your employer. Ideation CEO Charles Lee wrote an article called doing your job is not enough and he shares these valuable insights on the topic; going through life by doing the minimal and being an exemplary employee should never be anyone's goal. We have to thrive beyond what's expected, fine-tune our ability to think clearly through the noise and distractions around us and speak up by producing great work that we've created to better our lives and the world we live in.
3. They Want To Know Your Allegiance Lies With the Company
According to the 2018 study from the bureau of labour statistics, the typical employee stays at a job for just over four years but even if that's true, your boss shouldn't be made to feel like there's a ticking timeline to your departure. While you're working where you're working, be sure your boss knows your loyalty lies with them. Show this by being involved in team building, buying into company culture and show that you have some sort of competitive spirit toward their competition. In other words if you work at Pepsi, no one wants to know that you prefer coke.
4. Bosses Want You to Identify Problems Before They Unfold
Have you ever been in a debrief meeting after there was a mishap at work and someone proudly says, “I knew this was going to happen.” Well, if you have, then I can assure you that your boss is wondering who this person is and how soon can they fire them. If you anticipated that something was going to be a disaster and you didn't remedy it, then what the heck are you doing in this role? There are no points for problem spotting, if you do nothing about it but there are major points for problem-solving before the problem hits.
5. Bosses Want To Know When a Job Is Challenging or If a Deadline Is Unrealistic
The worst time to tell a boss a deadline is unrealistic is a few hours before, that's not the time they can save face with a client. That's the time they must go and grovel and explain how their company isn't experienced enough to deliver on a deadline. Setting realistic deliverables and timelines is key to delivering an excellent product on time and part of what you're employed to do in any role is to know what is and isn't doable. Your boss needs you to be able to communicate these things to them long before they turn into a problem, so there's still time to fix it and deliver to the client.
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