Pattie Lovett-Reid: How to get your boss to notice you
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Does your boss know what you do during your work day?
More than one in three employees say they feel their manager doesn’t have an accurate understanding of how they’re spending their work day, according to recent data from Monday.com. And experts say they’re right – in many cases, bosses don’t know what their own employees are doing and what they spend their time on.
In fact, I’ve heard on more than one occasion that bosses expect employees’ number one priority to be focused on making management look good and to anticipate what they need.
Yet, to be honest, I don’t think many bosses have any idea what their team members are working on – especially if they have never taken the time to inform them and, in many cases, those bosses have never actually done that particular job.
In today’s labour environment, you can’t assume no news is good news. In fact, it can mean the exact opposite.
It’s important for your managers to notice your hard work, so that you are not only valued but also so that you can pave way for new growth opportunities. And ultimately, it isn’t up to your boss to open up the lines of communication – it is up to you.
Here are a few tips on how to get on your manager’s radar, and to put a spotlight on your contributions:
1. Set up regular quarterly meetings: Be sure to have a concrete agenda. While connecting with a boss is absolutely essential, you want to ensure you aren’t just working but working on the right things that are aligned to the strategic initiatives of the organization.
2. Ask your boss how often they would like to connect and in what format: It could be a call, email or face-to-face. You need to be flexible and know that nothing is carved in stone.
3. Pay attention to non-verbal clues: Is your boss focused on you and really listening to what you have to say? If they appear not to be as focused as you would like, it may not be about you at all. Bosses have bad days too, and a little compassion can go a long way.
4. Pitch your own insights: As an employee you can help your boss by highlighting the things you like working on, how you can help the company grow, and efficiencies that save time and money.
The key thing to remember as an employee in today’s work environment is that you want to be the problem solver, not the problem contributor.