If you want shorter hours and a bigger paycheck, and for your company to grow and be successful in order to further promote your career you will have to take a few steps towards making that dream become reality. First of all, do not blame your boss or anyone else for your setbacks, face the harsh truth and accept that you need to improve yourself and your attitude.
Only you can change the relation with your boss. Managing up means that you are able to recognize and mediate problems, as well as to gaining a few perks in the meantime.
Know your boss
You cannot expect to know how to act and how to behave in front of your boss and on projects if you do not know what your superior is and what their management style is. Only when you have done enough research and went out of your way to get to know your managers will you be able to start managing up properly.
One of the things you can always show your boss is that you are a good office space organizer. Show the company and your boss that you can make the most with as little office furniture and supplies as possible. Creative offices not only invite more business but give off a good atmosphere vibe.
Conflicts to be solved
When someone is criticized the first and natural reaction is that we go on the defensive, try to avoid that. If your boss tells you that you need to change something, take it as a critique feedback. Accept the flaws and mistakes you might have made and work out a plan how you can improve.
Consider also giving feedback as well, report on your improvements and ask for help on how you can solve the issues with mutual benefits.
Loyalty goes far
Being loyal does not mean that you are not able to aspire for higher and greater success; it only means that you and your boss have mutual goals to fulfill. Instead of trying to prove that you are above everyone else, try to be the best support you can be. Team play will get you further as others, and your boss, will recognize your efforts.
Furthermore, try to find out what are the good points of your boss. Instead of focusing on the negative sides, compliment your boss’ taste in office furniture and how they set up their office; the way they hold presentations or even how well they handled certain critical issues.
Unless you give a good reason for your boss to fire you, you can have a long and fruitful career. However, make sure that you become indispensable by helping your boss around their work and helping the company grow and develop.
Never become a snitch, but if you have vital information that could have impact on your department or your organization share the information with not only your colleague but with your boss as well; integrating a trust network will only work in your favor.
Learn to follow
Even though everyone wants to be a good leader, you will need good followers as well, people who can get things done and who will not hesitate to help out. Also, keeping a positive attitude even when things seem dark and gloomy will ensure that you will be noticed and appreciated.