Being the office newbie doesn’t have to mean doing all the thankless tasks. You can get ahead without getting your nose brown.
Getting ahead in the workplace starts with making sure you show up on time and deliver solid, dependable work. If you’re new to an office and looking to get in your manager’s good graces, here are a few ways to start.
Work the way your boss works
Everyone has a different work style, but it’s a good bet your boss likes things done in a certain way. This doesn’t mean you should copy their every move, but it’s easy to identify little things that help them get work done or do things the way they want them done.
It shouldn’t take long for you to notice patterns in your boss’s work day and fit your reports, emails or projects into their work flow. Just remember it’s more important to deliver good work than to try to fit yourself into a boss-friendly routine.
Take constructive feedback
Part of becoming a trusted employee is taking criticism and improving yourself. If you’re having trouble with an assignment, ask your boss how you can improve. Once you get feedback, work those suggestions into your future assignments.
Bosses like to see someone who wants to learn and can self-correct mistakes. But don’t get hung up on seeking approval for everything you do, or you may quickly become an annoyance rather than an asset.
Be a team player
The best way to earn your boss’s respect is to make yourself an invaluable team member and have a good attitude in the workplace. Arrive on time, meet your deadlines and offer solutions in meetings. It’s the little things that’ll get you in the good graces of your supervisor — and your coworkers.
Offer to sit in on a meeting across town, pick up a thankless task or stay late to help a team member knock out a last-minute project. Appreciation from your fellow employees is often just as important as appreciation from your boss, especially in organizations where team evaluations are used for performance reviews.
Take on new work
It can be difficult to tackle new work if you’re a recent hire, but once you’ve settled into the office, start asking your manager for new projects. Whether it’s something a teammate has struggled with or a project your boss has been meaning to get to for a while, asking for more work can signal you’re ready for more responsibility.
In addition to getting on your boss’s good side, tackling extra work is a great way to make yourself indispensable to your company.
Don’t be a headache
Your manager probably has enough to worry about, so it’s important to make sure you don’t cause them undue stress. Even well-intentioned questions can begin to grate on your manager’s nerves if they distract them from getting their own work done.
For many bosses, the best employees are the ones who can be trusted to get their work done quietly and efficiently on their own. (Click here to Tweet this idea.) You don’t want to be anonymous in the office, but it’s always safer to let your work speak for itself — and your boss is more likely to notice.
Cara Barone is the Social Media Marketing Manager at Kforce, a provider of staffing and solutions. Cara also manages Knowledge Employed, a career advice blog for job hunters, seasoned employees and hiring managers. Follow her on Twitter at @CaraBarone.