You spend most of your time at work than you do anywhere else. Make the most of it by building a good working relationship with your colleagues, and especially your boss.
We have lived the expression that the world is small. So how much more than the industry you are working in? I personally find this to be true because the media industry that I have been carving out my career in for the last six years is very small. This is the reason it’s important to build amicable industry relationships while you are navigating your way to a job or position that fulfils you. Sometimes, whether you like it or not your bosses can make or break your career. This doesn’t mean you have to suck up to them, but burning bridges will not take you anywhere. Although not every boss has your best interest at heart, you have to ensure that you initiate and try to maintain a good working relationship with them. This is how:
Let your passion speak for you: Every boss wants to have hard working and dedicated employees to ensure the success of the company. Show enthusiasm for the work you do and put up your hand if you have ideas that could help the business grow. Your initiative will go a long way.
Don’t badmouth your colleagues: Each employee wants to be in their management’s good books, but going about it at the expense of your colleagues’ reputation is the quickest way to a career suicide.
Be punctual and reliable: Not only does punctuality help you organise your day properly but it really impresses your boss. It shows dedication and respect to your work. When your boss knows that you are someone they can rely on it builds trust and a good relationship with them.
Understand that they are human too: We all have bad days, and ensuring that the company performs well, not only for you to keep your job but to also impress other stakeholders is really not easy for them. Try to understand their communication style and personality trait before drawing to conclusions. It might not be easy but try not to take things personal and imagine yourself in their shoes; you might not be best friends but it will help you understand their position. Remember, you don’t have to stay if you are not happy because that does reflect in your work. Give your job your best and maintain a good relationship with everyone at work while you look for other opportunities.
Don’t try too hard: Don’t be that person. It shows that you are desperate and it looks unattractive. Let everything flow into place and make the most of your job, always.
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