So many leaders these days are stressed and overworked that they can’t keep up with what every employee is doing on daily basis. Some supervisors barely have the time to stop and say a quick hello, never mind ask them what they are working on.
It is very important that employees try to close this gap in communication with their managers. It is important for leaders to understand that their employees are working hard trouble-shooting, making new strides and going that extra mile, on a daily basis.
Staff cannot get credit for things their bosses aren’t aware of and that can hurt, especially when it comes to a yearly evaluation.
So here are some ways you can help start spreading all the good news about you:
- It might seem simple but especially if there is a new manager in the office…introduce yourself. A new supervisor needs to know what you have done in the past and doesn’t know about your degrees or awards earned until you tell them.
- Make an appointment with your director because a handshake while passing in the hall will not help them get to know you or what you have accomplished for them and the company. Make sure you explain your biggest projects and talk about future ones you’d be interested in.
- It is okay to be direct. If you have been putting in long hours, you can tell him/her how the extra-long days have been worth the work because your project is really making progress.
- Establish a regular form of communication with your manager. You can email status updates regularly and make sure to mention obstacles as well as any positive feedback you are getting.
- During staff meetings, make sure you contribute and let the others know what phase in the project you have completed and any feedback you have gotten.
- If you have completed any training courses, received emails from other managers or even created a web page or had an article published…whatever it is, send your supervisor a link to view it or put the document in their inbox.
- If you and your coworkers complete a project, make sure to send them an email thanking them and cc your manager as well.
- Think about what special knowledge you have and volunteer to give a presentation, make sure your boss knows about it and the positive feedback it brought in.
- As you are increasing your value at work, push any negative thoughts out of your mind and focus on the work you do and how you add value to your company. Keep up the positivity and a can-do attitude with your coworkers.
People taking notice plays a huge role in moving up the corporate ladder.
Managers tend to promote people who they know, trust, and believe to do an outstanding job.
So, if your boss doesn’t know you and all that you contribute, it’s worth putting in the time and effort to shed light on just how much you do.
How do you let your boss know how much you do?
Dave Baney is the founder and CEO of 55 Questions, LLC and author of "The 3x5 Coach: A Practical Guide to Coaching Your Team for Greater Results and Happier People", which is now available in Paperback or a Kindle version at https://tinyurl.com/y8ecykfy