How to make your boss happy, in 60 seconds or less

Check it before you send it

You know that feeling when you hit “send” on an email, then see a glaring typo or error and realize you can’t un-send it?

It’s a lousy feeling, and it is avoidable. Proofread your emails and your work for typos and errors.

If it’s too late for that, simply own your mistake.

If something went out with an error, point it out. We’re all human. This is important because it shows that you don’t hide from potential typos or mistakes and that you’re able to quickly address it.”

Volunteer for projects

Offer to work on different types of projects when you have time and think it is something you will excel at.

Of course, the project itself will take more than 60 seconds, but it only takes that long to evaluate a project and decide to do it.

This works because you’ll become more versatile and it will help boost your resume for additional skills and experiences when you look for external job opportunities.

Ask for feedback

Check in with your boss every so often to find out what you did well and how you can improve.

Not only will this help you stay on track for a raise or promotion, but it will force your boss to evaluate your work and — as long as you’re producing good work — recognize the good job you’ve done.

I usually ‘text’ my superiors for a quick feedback after meeting or engagement with superiors.

Handle mistakes well

Everyone makes mistakes sometimes, but not everyone handles mistakes maturely.

“Accept responsibility for your actions, indicate what happened and how you’ve learned from it. Then move on,You’re better off pointing it out than trying to hide it.”

One way to avoid making mistakes is to ask questions in advance if you are unsure of how to do something or what the expectations are for a project. Take a minute to think of any questions before starting a new project.

Celebrate achievements

If you are working on a project and a coworker does a great job, don’t keep it to yourself. And definitely don’t take all the credit.

“If you’re at a department meeting and a colleague did a stellar job, publicly acknowledge your peer. This will probably boost your peer’s morale and simultaneously show your boss you’re a team player,”

“By creating a positive atmosphere, your peers and others may return the accolades to you.”