If you want to move up in your career, you need to establish a mutually beneficial relationship with your employer. Looking from your own perspective you want to do this so you have a happy workplace to go into, and you want your employer to be a great reference for you in the future. What you do now could segue into your entire career!
There are some different ways you can establish a great working relationship so let’s look at five really good ones that will help to give you a leg up in your career.
- Be respectful of their time. The best way to be a colleague instead of just another employee is to know how to do your job and ask questions at the appropriate times. If you are constantly having to send emails with questions throughout the day on how to do your job, you will come across as being to needy. Be sure to establish the proper lines of communication from the beginning. If you need to ask your employer questions, know that they are getting questions from every other person in the company, so the chances are that they might not be able to get back to you right away, especially if you’re sending multiple emails. Instead, if you wait until a certain time each day to compile your most important questions into one email, they will only have to respond to you at once.
- Take the Initiative. Learn to be proactive and a problem solver, especially as a new employee. You don’t want to give the impression that they hired a person who cannot fulfill the job responsibilities. Instead, show them that you are capable of just about anything if you put your mind to it. If you need to research how to do something new, do it so you can prove that they hired the right person for the job! Going above and beyond, such as coming in early or staying late to make sure a project deadline gets met, can be what sets you apart from the rest of your co-workers. You just may end up being acknowledged as an innovative employee as well.
- Act the part to gain respect. If you want respect, then act professional in all business dealings. Treat your co-workers and clients with the same respect you would want and it shows you know how to be a good leader.. Your boss will take notice, and you’ll be an obvious choice when future opportunities come available. The people you work with will respect you as well for treating them properly and will be happy working under you in the future if you have a great relationship with them now.
- Honesty goes a long way. It is important to be able to let your employer know if you won’t be able to pull something off and why. This will show that you can be open with them and that you are willing to give your feedback on project expectations. Also, if you are candid with them on what is bothering you instead of waiting to snap, then you are allowing your employer to make any changes necessary to encourage a positive work environment rather than going on in an unhappy manner. This will help establish trust between the two of you.
- Observe and learn from your boss. What better flattery could you give your boss than to show them that you respect how they run things? You don’t even need to ask them about mentoring you. Instead, just be observant to how they have established the company culture.
Asking the right questions may get you a long way with them. When you have the opportunity, ask questions about how they got to where they are. Use time alone to ask questions that could help you understand how to climb the ladder, ask advice and seek feedback. When you are in a group setting, such as a company meeting, ask questions that show your enthusiasm about getting a project done right. You could ask your boss how they approached a similar project in the past.
Establishing a great working relationship with your employer is imperative to learning and growing as an employee. It is up to you to keep the relationship solid by proving that you are enthusiastic about your work and are willing to do whatever it takes to do a great job!
What do you think? How are you establishing a professional relationship that can take your career to new heights?