Across the hierarchy of the business world, co-operation and teamwork are vital. As the crew works hard on the front line, efficiency is maximized when they do their best to assist the managers and bosses who keep the operations in check. To further improve the overall health of a business, some employees go above and beyond to help their managers handle the workload. It is this kind of employee that can send productivity through the roof, increase relationships among all types of workers, and overall profits. To these workers, benefits come in the form of favourability among superiors, increased value as an employee, and higher chances of getting a raise or promotion. To become one of these so-called workplace superheroes, follow these tips on how employees can make their boss’s life easier.
Beat Your Deadlines
While it may seem simple, one of the best things an employee can do to help out their boss is to exceed the expectations set on them for time management. By putting in some more effort, picking up the pace, and avoiding procrastination, time spent doing the work assigned can easily be reduced. As an initial goal, try to make the most out of the time you are given and cut time spent on tasks by 10-15%. Let the manager know that you have finished, and take the extra time to get started on a new task or help out your co-workers. If this is done consistently while the quality of the work is maintained, it can really help the company and will catch the attention of your superiors.
Forget the Words “Free Time”
Continuing on the aspect of time, employees who sit around and twiddle their thumbs after they have finished a task will stick out like a sore thumb to managers. Even when they have finished everything required, their bare-minimum attitude towards working will often catch them in a bad light from the boss’ perspective. In contrast, proactivity will always attract a positive opinion from superiors. Once a task is finished, ask what you can do to make better use of your time. If you can assist your manager with whatever task they are doing, then extra points for you. Either way, always be sure that you are providing as much value for the company and the best working experience for whoever is working above and beside you.
Fix Problems Before They Become Problems
To most managers, one big difference between a good employee and a bad one is their ability to think and act independently. If you see a leak that can be fixed or covered easily, do so before you alert your boss. If an angry customer can be comforted with an incentive that you have the authority to give, give it to them. The majority of small troubles within a workplace can be solved by the lowest levels of employees with some common sense. However, this isn’t to say you should hide issues from your boss. If it is a problem that could recur or an issue that requires further attention, notify them immediately after doing what you can to provide a solution. Situations are much easier for management to deal with when they have already been handled. When superiors know that you have the ability to deal with complicated matters on your own, they will see you as more capable and able to move up the ladder. Even if an issue does not need to be reported, your bosses would recognize your responsibility and will once again see you in a positive light.