Nothing’s worse than getting a list of “don’t’s” and not knowing the “dos” :) My bad everyone…
So here you go! Five things you should always do at the office to be a (successful and loved) girl boss!
1) Take meeting notes
You never know when you may need to reference a conversation you were “so sure” you would remember… and then forgot. You might as well have a written record for backup! Plus, it will make you look more engaged and interested in the meeting.
2) Go to after-work events
Yes, it’s not always fun to stay after work for a happy hour with coworkers for “bonding”, but that is truly where the real bonding happens! Your participation in these events will not only help you befriend people in the office (see point #5), but will also show to your boss that you care about the company and are invested.
3) Get to work early
I’m known at work as the girl who is always in by 8am, when everyone else doesn’t get in until 8:30 (earliest). My office knows I put in extra time beyond the standard “8 hours a day”. You know what that gets me? Credit! If there are days I need to leave early or an extra day of vacation I’m taking, they cut me slack. Prove to your employer that you care enough to put in extra time, and you will be compensated with other benefits down the road.
4) Ask questions
This will help you better understand what’s being discussed and make you look like you truly care about the topic. No one wants a dud in the corner of the conference room who isn’t contributing (all they will think is, “why on earth are we paying this girl to sit in that chair?”). Make it your mission in every meeting to ask at least one question.
5) Be “friends” with everyone
The last thing you want on your hands is an office-enemy (just like how you don’t want an office-romance on your hands either). You may not love everyone at the office, but at least play nice. You never know when you may need their help on a project or when they may be in the position to rave about (or destroy) your reputation to the boss.
Clearly there are WAY more than just 5 things you should do, but these are some that I’ve personally found extremely helpful to my career this last year.
What tips do you have on how to be a “girl boss” at work?