Communicating Your Success With Your BossAdministrative Assistant Resource
October 18, 2013 — 1,887 views
If the right people do not know that you are working hard, your work does not matter. You may be doing important work, it may even be very valuable, but if you want to get ahead, you have to ensure that the people above you know your accomplishments and value. Note that actions do not always speak louder than words.
No matter what anyone says, self-promotion is not a dirty word. This quote by Mohammed Ali will sum it up; He says, 'It is not bragging if you are able to back it up with proof.' You would not want to go that far, but when you do it the right way, it can make a lot of difference in your work. Self-promotion is important for career management.
But be careful because if you overdo it, you may come across as being arrogant and full of yourself. This will turn people off. Here are a few tips that you can use to communicate your success with your boss.
Creating a Regular Schedule of Communication
Do not wait for your boss to value you, become proactive. In the past, people used to wait for their boss to ask to see them, but this is the 21st century. Request regular meetings with your boss, but consider how frequently you want to meet with your boss and whether it is realistic to meet so often. Note down all the things that you want to tell your boss at these meetings.
Keeping the Communication Concise
Keeping the lines of communication open is very important for any relationship, including your workplace relationships. The much loved cartoon character, Winnie the Pooh says, it is easier and more fun to talk with people who use easy and short words, than those who use long and difficult ones.
Keep your communication concise. Stick to the point you want to make and keep the message brief.
Leaving your Personal Issues at the Door
Complaints, gripes and feelings related to your personal life should not be brought to the work place. Your emotional baggage can affect your work and career goals. Your co-workers may also react. How much time is it before your boss also comes to know? This can affect his impression of you.
Keeping a Journal of Completed Projects and Tasks
Create a word document where you can track your achievements. Every time you complete something successfully, make an entry in the file. Also note down why the project was important. If you have the data, write down how your company benefited from your contribution. If someone has made a positive comment about work, include it in the file.
Before your performance appraisal, review this file. It will actually be great help because the period around performance appraisals are often chaotic and your boss may not remember what you have done. At other times, if you have had a great success in your work, send a short enthusiastic mail to your boss about it. Good news is always appreciated and you can be sure that your boss will approve of it.