Impressing people at work

These days, it’s fair to say that for the average individual, the workplace has become more and more like a home away from home. Long working hours, rotational shifts and long term projects have seen more people spend more hours per week in a professional environment rather than back home. This automatically means you will be seeing a lot more of your colleagues and bosses than any other people, creating a need to foster a healthy social relationship with each and every one of them in order to make sure a huge chunk of your time is spent in a cordial, welcoming atmosphere where people like and respect you. And, some of these friendships may well transcend the professional and extend into the personal. In other words, you can end up making friends for life.

We obviously start with the boss, who single-handedly can accelerate or halt your professional growth. Although subtle flattery may be necessary sometimes, you have to remember that most bosses like genuine, warm individuals rather than sycophants surrounding them. It’s imperative that you spend some time during your first few days observing your boss, and determining how best to make a good impression.

The most important thing, though, is to be yourself and not try to introduce any degree of pretense in your activities at the workplace. I’m referring to, of course, of trying to have an intellectual conversation to impress your boss without actually knowing what you’re talking about, or the likes.

Some bosses may like people who are punctual and meet deadlines, valuing quantity over quality and keeping a close eye on the hours you put in every week.

Other bosses might be more relaxed, not interested in whether you dashed off the report on the last night or spent an entire week on it, as long as the quality is outstanding. Such bosses are also likely to appreciate some healthy disobedience, and encourage proactive activities on your part that may toe the gray area of the company policies but results in better results. It’s necessary to figure out such dynamics in order to move forward with your career rather than being pragmatic and simply focus on just the work you’re told to do.

As far as your peers and colleagues are concerned, there is no better way to gain their respect and admiration than treat them the way you would want them to treat you.

Be pleasant, and strike up a conversation, even if it is just for a few minutes, to people. A person with a good sense of humor and a willingness to listen is always liked and appreciated by everyone. The first few weeks, when you do not really know anyone at the workplace, is a dangerous time to get swept up in work politics, so try your best to avoid anything of that sort before you can judge your colleagues for who they are.

Additionally, planning team trips and other bonding sessions (specifically, taking the initiative for one) is always a great idea.

Apart from these, make sure you always have an eye on the bigger picture. Read up on the business sector that your company is involved in, and keep tabs on global news that your company, or any competitor for that matter, is making.  All these will keep you informed in your line of work, and make you more confident and appealing during company meetings.

Ultimately, making friends and impressing people at your job is no different from making friends outside of it. People value someone who is genuine and sincere and first impressions are very hard to shake off. So make sure that you’re in your element right from the word ‘Go’, and you’ll have no trouble getting acclimatized to your workplace and finding a social ambiance.



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