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How to Impress Your Boss


I’ve had my fair share of bad co-workers. I’m convinced that everyone is forced to work with someone that they don’t like at some point in their life. One of the worst colleagues that I’ve worked with was this guy who had no motivation at all. He completed the tasks that were required of him, but the word, “initiative” was not in his dictionary. He was closing in on 30, living at home with his parents, years away from finishing his graduate program that he started years before that, with no sense of direction or ambition. Working with this type of an employee is a huge burden, as it means you are forced to do more work and it’s always a challenge to interact with them.

Assuming you are not anything like my former co-worker, there’s a good chance that you want to make a good impression at work. Being successful in your job not only provides a sense of satisfaction, but leads to more opportunities to advance, higher pay increases, more days off each year, and more benefits all around. I have now finished my first week of my new job and impressing my boss is on my mind. When being offered the position, I made sure to negotiate in an earlier date to reassess my salary. The reason for doing so is that I’m confident that I will be successful in my new position. The earlier we talk about my salary, the earlier I will get a increase in pay (hopefully). Now that I am working the position, the pressure is on. I can’t let myself slack off, but most importantly, it means having to make a big impression in just 6 months. If you are looking to impress your boss, you might be interested in the steps I am taking to make sure I make a huge impression.

Steps to Impress Your Boss

Be Punctual

This is very basic, but being at work on time on a regular basis is very important. The last thing you want to do when trying to impress your boss is show up late for work more than once. If it starts to become a regular occurrence, people will start to question your commitment or priorities. This is not going to help me if I want to negotiate my salary up in a couple months.

Take On Big Projects

On day two of my job, a co-worker came to me and told me that she wanted to start working on a huge project that will hopefully generate more revenue for the organization. It was my second day at my new job and part of me felt a little overwhelmed as I was still getting settled. The other part of me knew that if I want to make a huge impression, the best thing to do is to hit the ground running. Taking on this huge project will help show that I have what it takes to be successful. I responded by putting together a proposal, with a detailed outline of what I think we needed to do in order to make it a reality. I could tell that I made a great first impression, not only with my supervisor, but my co-worker as well.

Decrease Costs and/or Increase Revenue

If you work for an organization that is concerned with their financial position, the best thing that you can do to impress those above you is to improve the financial position of your organization. Most likely, you won’t be in a situation to drastically improve both the revenue while also reducing the costs. It is probably going to be one or the other. I don’t work in development (where increasing revenue is the primary concern), but I do manage the operations aspect. This means that I have the opportunity to lower our operating costs. The first voluntary project that I am taking on is evaluating the costs that we are incurring and analyzing how I can save the organization money. Think about it this way: It’s easy to give someone a raise if you know that person saved you thousands of dollars in the past year because not only do you have that much extra money, but you know that person is fully invested in the success of your organization.

While there will always be some things that are beyond your control, you do have the power to control how you are seen in your organization. You can choose to simply fulfill your responsibilities like my former co-worker, or you can follow these steps and make a great impression on those for whom you work. The way I see it is that you have a choice. You can choose to be mediocre or you can choose to exceed expectations. It seems pretty simple to me.

What have you done to impress your boss?

This post was written by Corey, a staff writer from 20’s Finances.



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Good advice Corey!

    Taking initiative is always huge in my books. I always prefer when people I manage come to me not just with a problem, but options to resolve it as well. I try to do the same with my bosses!

    I hope all the hard work you’re putting in stands you well at the salary review in 6 months!

  2. I try to improve processes to make things more efficient at my job. It allows me to spend more time on other items!

    • That’s a great way to do it as well. I’m all about efficiency. 🙂

  3. Just do your job and do it well, and on time and you will impress me easily. Great points Corey.

    • Thanks your boss. I’ll be sure to keep that in mind. 🙂

  4. I think another great technique is to impress your boss’s peers as well. So if your boss passes along a project to you that was requested by one of his peers, interact directly with his peer rather than using your boss as the go-between (unless of course this would piss your boss off, and always copy him on your emails to his peer). The more people in the office who see firsthand all the great work you do, the better.

    • I think that’s a great point. I’ve been sure to keep my direct supervisor in the know as I’ve adjusted to the new office.

  5. I impressed my boss by never missing a day of work in four years. Finally when I did call in sick (because I was extremely ill), he commented that I was always at work and always on time or early. In fact, he even got out his spreadsheet to make sure he was correct — I didn’t even know he’d noticed that I existed!

    • It’s amazing how that happens, sometimes.. in reality, that boss should probably do a better job at recognizing your accomplishments as time goes on if you ask me.

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