Day 261: How To Make Your Boss Love You

After yesterday’s heavy topic, I had to go light, bright, and fun for today! Lately I feel like I’ve been doing really well at work, but it comes at a price: I’m super stressed out and super busy all the time. I’ve mentioned it before, being busy makes me feel purposeful (whether that’s right or wrong is up for debate) and I desperately want to be successful, so I’m not complaining – for now… Anyways, here’s my list of ways to make your boss LOVE you!

  1. Always say yes. Even when your calendar is booked out from 9am until 5pm and you don’t know when you’re going to get it done. Even if you have no idea what you’re doing. Even if it’s totally outside your domain. Just say yes.
  2. Learn how to say things in fewer words. If you can’t do your elevator pitch of your idea, analysis, results, etc. in one breath, it’s too long. I know it hurts to leave out the hard work that makes the dream work, but bosses LOVE briefly.  PSA: significant others typically don’t.
  3. Follow through, without needed a follow-up. At meeting (or via an email exchange), be sure to outline your action items so you know exactly what’s expected from you. Attach achievable deadlines before you leave the meeting, so you have a road map of when to get this done. Bonus points if you use sparkly pens to outline your monthly to-dos.
  4. Don’t bring problems, bring solutions. When I’m having issues at work (typically with other people), I try to always bring what’s going on, as well as a solution to fix it. Sometimes my solution is a request from my boss to step in and help out. Sometimes I’ll suggest that I meet for lunch outside the office for some one-on-one time. Bottom line, if you have a desire and plan to fix your problems, then you’re not a complainer.
  5. If all else fails, you’re young and probably have a first born child coming in the next 5+ years. Bosses love kids.

In all seriousness, everything in life is all about balance, which is something I’ve been desperately trying to incorporate at my life.

Sound off: how to you find balance in your life?

Outfit Details
Shirt: Stitch Fix (Papermoon) purchased two years ago for $48 (similar, similar)
Pants: J. Crew purchased two years for for $50 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Ralph Lauren purchased two years ago for $90 (similar, similar)

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