Source: This article was originally published on CNBC.
Written by: Courtney Connley, CNBC Make It
One of the quickest ways to get into your boss’s good graces is to be a hard worker who delivers great results. But, it takes a lot more than that to actually be a standout employee.
There are three things you can do, and actually should do, that will impress your boss. Below, she shares how these three actions can help you make a lasting positive impression at work.
How to impress your boss:
1. Avoid office gossip
Office gossip can be fun until someone gets hurt or it starts cutting into productivity. To separate yourself from the crowd and to prove your leadership, you should avoid joining in on the intrigue, especially surrounding the latest round of office politics.
All you have to do is not take the ‘Did you hear?’ bait. Look, I know it’s human nature to gossip, but your boss will see you as superhuman if you simply don’t.
2. Understand the meaning of T-M-I
Being authentic at work is typically a good thing, but it doesn’t hurt to have boundaries with the information you share.
A little verbal restraint can go a long way. There are some topics that simply don’t belong in the workplace, like: your love life, family problems, and certain medical procedures, to name a few.
This doesn’t mean you need to put a privacy cone over yourself. But, it is important for you to understand that bosses value employees who are grown-up enough to know the meaning of T-M-I.
3. Assume people have the best intentions
As your manager is building a solid team, they’re looking for employees who can earn the trust of management as well as their colleagues. That’s why, your boss will love you if, in every single encounter in the office, you assume best intentions.
That means going into conversations, meetings, and projects believing everyone wants the best for the company and for you.
Trusting the motives of others can be a massive mindset shift for the cynics of the world. But if you make this change, your boss will surely thank you. And so might everyone else.
Suzy Welch is the co-founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute and a noted business journalist, TV commentator, and public speaker. Through its online MBA program, the Jack Welch Management Institute transforms the lives of its students by providing them with the tools to become better leaders, build great teams, and help their organizations win.