It is not a new thing for most employees to strive and build a strong professional relationship with their managers, team leaders or heads of department. Workplace understanding with your superior is often a pivotal element of career success. Some just need to impress, especially if they are at the beginning of their employment career, others want to gain side – personal benefits, while others just need to have their work recognized and appreciated at its right value. If you work in a large company, where it is natural that the CEO doesn’t know by heart what each employee has to do or how well he or she accomplishes the tasks, trying to make your boss understand what you are doing there, how you do it and why you made certain decisions helps building a better working environment, builds trust among you and your superior and comforts the latter that the business is going well and the staff is doing the best they can for success. But what about those circumstances when your manager is unaware of your daily tasks or capabilities? It is also natural that not all company managers have deep knowledge in the IT field or in advertising, so making them understand your work is crucial for a healthy working environment.
1. Stand out on a professional level
Maybe your manager already discovered you are a hard worker who obtains good results, you’re punctual and deliver your projects on time. Surely, you’d like to be a little more appreciated but this doesn’t mean he or she isn’t aware of your skills. Sometimes, however, it is perfectly alright to stand out of the crowd and remind your boss that you’re not only the standard model of professional consciousness, but above the average. Come up with an interesting idea; offer your boss a solution to a problem, come up with a plan, make use of your other resources to pull off a hard task, implement a new system. Your ideas may not be the greatest and might not be accepted, but you will be the one who at least tried to make a difference. Explaining your boss how you can contribute to a future company success, you will show him that you know your job, you have the skills and you’re confident. Maybe this time your plan won’t be implemented, but maybe next time, you’ll be directly asked for your competent opinion.
2. Deliver what was asked for
There is no manager in the world who would love his employees for not respecting their deadlines or their daily tasks. If you are good on your position and you are fully aware that you can deliver a project in time, with good results and no stress, your flexibility will make your boss trust you more, be confident in your skills, rely on you and truly understand that your work is important for the company. Sometimes, the ones who are quite skilled at multi-tasking and very flexible end up with supplementary loads of work, just because they can do it, but if you have a meaningful open relationship with your boss, you will make the difference between abuse and appreciation and you will speak your mind accordingly.
3. Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Many employees fear to speak the truth about the obstacles they meet in their jobs, about some lacks they experience and about the impossibility to deliver under certain circumstances. To make your boss understand what you work and how you do it, don’t be afraid to ask for help, an extra – hand or alternative resources. He will understand better your tasks and field of expertise and he will appreciate more you being open about a problem than delaying a task or delivering poor results.
4. Report to your manager and ask him what he needs to know
If your field of expertise is rather technical or in an area your boss isn’t very focused on, it is better to report your results in a coherent manner. In team meetings, during the department regular assessment sessions, inform about your tasks, the procedures you implemented and the results you obtained. Ask your boss to tell you exactly what he needs to know, as it can be truly bothering to be flooded with small technical details they don’t really understand or care about. Be professional and talk on his language, emphasizing the main points he is focused on: the number of new clients you brought to the company, the final design of the website, the benefits of the contracts you closed on. If he is not interested in how many different templates, add-ons and widgets you used to create the web-site, spare him the details. But if he is interested in how many trips you took to a client’s office to convince him to contract your company for services, be ready to provide that number.
Making your boss understand your work is not sucking up, as many might consider, not boasting your incredible skills or making a big case out of a small success. Any manager work better, feels better and treats his employees better when he knows that they are competent, ready to offer data, trustworthy and dependable.