When the cat’s away, the mice get more work done! If you’re like most people, you feel a little micro-managed. Just when you get up a head of steam, your boss looks over your shoulder, asks for a report, gives you a new project, calls a staff meeting and so on. Well, according to Forbes magazine, the best way to demonstrate that you can work independently is to prove it while the boss is on vacation! Here’s how to use your manager’s getaway to earn more respect at work:
- Before they leave: Make a list of what you want to accomplish while they’re gone. Since you’re likely to get daily tasks accomplished faster, plan on tackling a large project that’ll make a big impression.
- Enjoy the chance to work independently. Whatever you do, just be sure to complete all the tasks on your list. If you don’t, you might wind up with more supervision.
- Then, when your boss returns: Go over what you accomplished. Say something like, “I want to catch you up on what happened while you were away.” Then, show them your big project. It’s also a good time to mention how confident you felt with less supervision.
The idea is simple: You want your boss to get back from vacation and have LESS work to do. After all, if they can trust you while they’re lying on a beach thousands of miles away, why would they waste time looking over your shoulder when they’re in the office?