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4 Things your boss wishes you knew

Do you want to get on your boss’s good side and do better at work? One way is to understand their perspective, and the perspective of a manager can be very different from yours as an employee. Understanding that shift in perspective can help you get along better with your boss, have more insight into their actions and decisions and even perform your job better. Here are four things your boss probably wishes you knew.

Your attitude is very important

Bosses don’t expect their employees to be perfect shining rays of light, and happy every second of every day, however, being difficult, constantly complaining, and generally being a grumpy employee is not going to be tolerated for long, regardless of the skills you have. Managing a team can be exhausting, and it’s significantly harder when an employee is resistant to feedback, difficult to work with or just plain unpleasant. Even if your work is good, many good managers will refuse to tolerate poor attitudes. Less talented, but more positive, individuals will outlast highly skilled killjoys.

Feedback is meant to help you

It can sting to hear that you’re not performing well at work but imagine if your manager never bothered to tell you: You wouldn’t progress in your career, and you might wonder why others are getting better assignments and promotions while you’re passed over. If you struggle to take feedback calmly, remember that you’re not in a courtroom and don’t need to defend yourself; what your manager really wants to hear is that you’re processing her feedback and will incorporate it into your work. You can also read our blog post on how to handle negative feedback here.

They want you to take initiative

It might be fine to merely execute a project that someone gives you. But it’s far better when you can truly own the work – meaning that you’re the one driving it forward. Bosses have a lot of work to do, and when an employee steps up with a solution to a problem, rather than being asked to look into it, it’s an absolute delight to a boss. Approaching your work like this can be what takes you from a B-player to an A-player and can pay off dramatically in the course of your career.

Ask for help when you need it

Most managers want to hear when you’re struggling, whether it’s with a particular problem on a project, a difficult client or an overwhelming workload. Asking for help, or clarification, is a perfectly normal and accepted part of the job. In fact, by asking for help, you’re showing that you care enough about the project to make sure it gets done correctly. Don’t hide your problems in the hopes that they won’t be noticed – speak up when you’re struggling and ask for advice. Good managers will welcome it.

At the end of the day, your manager wants to see you do your best work. They want you to show them that you’re passionate about bringing something unique and exciting to the company. When the work gets tough, just remember that your boss actually wants the best for you.

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