11 Ways to Impress a Tough Boss

11 Ways to Impress a Tough Boss


It’s no secret that some supervisors can be intimidating. When your boss intimidates you, it makes it hard for you to feel comfortable enough around them to do things that will catch their eye and make your work stand out. This is especially scary when you start a new job, but a tough manager isn’t necessarily a bad manager. Want to impress your boss? Try these tips.

Speak Up

Your boss wants you to have ideas and contribute them openly. They want you to be open about how you feel about the company and if there is anything going on that needs their attention. Staying quiet in the corner may not upset your boss, but it won’t get you noticed, either.

Be Flexible

Make yourself available if your boss asks if you can work overtime. Come in early for a morning meeting. Show everyone how committed you are to the company and how much of a team player you are, and you’ll definitely stand out.

Be Open to Learning New Tasks

Don’t shy away if your boss wants to give you more responsibility. Getting more daily tasks is already a reward on its own because your boss thinks you can handle it. They see you are a hard worker and want to expand your knowledge. You never know, maybe they’re looking for someone to take a new job opening!.

Mind Your Business

Don’t get wrapped up in office drama. While everyone else is getting caught up in the drama—causing more of it—you can be in your own little corner doing your job. Trust me, people will notice and your boss be impressed.

Be Kind

Supervisors are typically pretty skilled observers. Be kind, don’t gossip, and don’t play the blame game. You may not realize it, but they are noticing how you handle yourself.

Support the Company

Would you work for a company if you despised everything about it? I’d hope not. Showing support for your company lets management know you’re not just there for the money, and that goes a long way.

Dress the Part

Not all jobs have the same dress code. Just make sure you’re dressing to the company’s standards and don’t come to work  wearing inappropriate attire.

Related: A College Girl’s Guide to Decoding Your Office Dress Code

Work Well Under Pressure

Working well under pressure shows how strong your work ethic is. Your boss will admire your professionalism. This is also a good way to test if someone is management material.

Quality and Initiative

Consistently meeting goals and deadlines is a great way to show what you can do. Combine this with quality work, and it’s a recipe for success. Understand how you work and manage your time, and then apply that to the tasks you’re assigned. If you see something that needs to be done, volunteer to do it. You manager will notice both your good work, and your willingness to tackle problems.

Always Try Your Hardest

When people notice how much effort you put into your job, you’ll make a great impression. No matter how difficult the task may be, always give it your all. Go the extra mile, and it will pay off.

Don’t Be Lazy

If you want to impress a tough boss, don’t sit back and do the bare minimum. Being lazy could show lack of dedication and get you demoted or fired. Make the most of your time at work and use it to impress your superiors and grow in your career.

Having a job is hard work. Advancing in a job is even harder work. If you plan to move up in the workplace, you must know how to get on your boss’s good side and stay there. At the end of the day, you’ll go home feeling accomplished, and hopefully your hard work will pay off!


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