01Use Proper Workplace Etiquette
Using proper office etiquette will help you make a good impression on your boss. It may sound simple until you realize that many people forget their manners (hopefully you don't too often).
For example, if you are allowed to use a cell phone at work, make sure it isn't a distraction for you or anyone else. Speaking of phones, you should also know how to use your office telephone. Sure you have been using one for years, but the rules for receiving and making calls at work are different than they are when your friends are on the other end of the line.
There's also a big difference between personal and professional email. Know the basics of email etiquette in the workplace. When dining out with your with your boss, coworkers, or clients, you must be on your best behavior. Find out what you should never do at a business lunch.
If you haven't already, you will at some point make a mistake at work. It may even be a big one. It happens to everyone. How you handle the blunder will influence your boss's opinion of you much more than the mistake itself.
The first thing you should do is admit what happened. Don't ignore your error or try to place the blame on anyone else. Instead, take full responsibility and then come up with a way to fix your mistake. Even though your boss may be upset you made an error in the first place, he or she will at least recognize that you did all the right things when responding to it.
Do you think coming to work when you are sick instead of staying at home will impress your boss? You're wrong. Reasonable bosses know that a sick employee not only isn't productive, but he or she can spread those germs around the office. What good will it do anyone if an entire staff has to take a sick day?
If you have a fever or think your illness might be contagious, take the day off. You can double up on your workload when you return to work, or if you are feeling up to it, get some done from home if your employer allows you to do that.
When an unexpected crisis happens at work—the caterer skips town before a big conference your company is hosting or your boss's computer crashes—who will make a better impression on the boss: the employer who panics or the one who springs into action to fix the problem? Learn how to deal with workplace crises quickly and effectively.
One way to do this is to imagine different scenarios and come up with plans to react to each one. Then if the unexpected ever happens, you will be fully prepared to deal with it.
Bosses tend to like it when their workplaces are calm. Who can blame them? When employees work together harmoniously, they can focus on their jobs.
Avoid starting conversations about topics that make people uncomfortable and could even lead to arguments. Steer clear of talking about politics or religion, for instance.
Always follow your organization's dress code. Most companies no longer require employees to wear suits to work, but it is essential to have a neat and clean appearance.
If you are allowed to wear jeans and t-shirts, make sure they are in good condition. Your shoes should be as well. Don't wear beachwear to work, unless of course, you work at the beach. You usually can't go wrong if you follow your boss's lead when choosing your work attire.
When coworkers' respect one another they usually get along better. And few things are more important to a boss than that. No one wants their employees fighting.
Always avoid acting in an uncivil manner toward any of your coworkers. Be on time to work, especially if you are relieving someone from their shift. Don't ever take credit for another person's work. Always share the workload. Apologize if you ever manage to offend your coworker.
When you attend a conference or large business meeting on your employer's behalf, it is your job to make a good impression. It will reflect well on your organization and your boss will appreciate your efforts.
Dress appropriately, network with other attendees. Make sure to bring back information to share with your boss and coworkers if they could not attend the meeting.
8 Ways to Make a Good Impression at Work
Never underestimate how important it is to make a good impression on your boss. Doing that will get you noticed...and only for the right reasons. When your boss realizes you can be relied upon to do a great job, he or she will begin to give you greater responsibility. That, in turn, can lead to promotions and raises. Here are nine things you can do: