Here are another five excellent ways to get your boss to like you:
Communicate the same way your boss does.
That is, if your boss likes to use email, take the hint and email instead of calling. Go along with it if your boss prefers phone calls, or face-to-face conversations, or telepathy – okay, probably not telepathy. Even if your boss doesn’t state a preference for a specific mode of communication, usually they will tend to use the method they find most comfortable, so you should take note of their habits and follow suit. Similarly, if you talk in the same style as your boss does – be it rather casual or highly technical – your boss will be more drawn to communicating with someone who they see as communicating and thinking similarly.
Be meticulous about following through.
Following through on things that your boss thinks you may – or that someone else normally would – forget about can help you make a great name for yourself. Do not, however, promise to do things in an effort to have more things to follow through on and then forget to do so. Don’t promise to do things that you may not actually do; it’s better not to promise at all than to promise and fail to deliver. However, following through on little things – like returning phone calls or updating old charts or contact info – can make a good impression and help promote the idea that you’re very organized and detail-oriented.
Be early to work, be early on deadlines. Just be early. It’s kind of obvious advice, and probably advice that you’ve heard before – but that’s because it works. Being late never creates a good impression, but being early does just that. Sometimes, things happen and life gets in the way and you end up being late – but if you consistently allow yourself enough time to be there early, then that won’t happen as much.
Being able to drop relevant data into a conversation can help you look well-prepared and well-informed. Obviously, exactly what data you should have on hand depends on your field of work, but in general having data is useful – not just proving points but for scoring points.
Make a note of anything that you have in common.
If your boss happens to reference shared interests or preferences, mentally store them away. Sometime when it fits into conversation, you can reference your similar interests or preferences and it’ll be a great way for your boss to connect with you.