8 Ways to Impress Your Boss as a New Employee

Congratulations on your new job! It's now time to make a good impression on your boss. Here are eight steps you can take to start your new job on the right foot.

Arrive on time. Every boss appreciates an employee who arrives on time and is ready to work. Plus, clocking in on time or even a bit early shows that you're dependable and take your job seriously.

Ask questions. During your interview, you learned a lot about your new job and responsibilities, but you don't know everything. Consider asking about your boss's vision for the team, the company's overall goals and expectations about your performance or position.

Do more than the minimum. You were hired to do specific tasks, so definitely make sure your job is done right. However, if you go the extra mile, you show your boss that you're willing to put in the work needed to succeed.

Take notes. The first few days at a new job can be overwhelming as you meet new people and jump into your new responsibilities. Carry a notebook and pen to track any instructions or tips your boss gives you. Your attentiveness shows that you value your boss's words and time, and you won't have to ask the same questions multiple times.

Admit mistakes. Everyone messes up occasionally, so admit your mistakes. Don't hope the boss won’t notice or wait for him or her to point it out. Instead, show that you're responsible, honest and mature.  

Ask to cross train. After you master your job, look for opportunities to cross train. Understanding how the entire office works makes you a more versatile employee and team player.

Ask for regular meetings. A short 10-minute meeting at the end of every work day or once a week gives you the opportunity to make sure you're on the right track. It also shows your boss that you're open to feedback and willing to make whatever changes necessary to do the job right.  

Play nice with your co-workers. No matter what job you're hired to do, make an effort to get to know your co-workers and to play nice. Spend time chatting in the lunch room or ask what they like about their jobs as you ride the elevator together. Your effort builds teamwork, makes your boss's job easier and is better for everyone in the long run.
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