3 Tips to Impress your Boss

There are times when every employee feels like their boss doesn’t respect them or appreciate the work that they do. It’s a typical situation and it can start as soon as you enter a workplace or it can happen after you’ve worked somewhere for a while. Bosses like to see their employees enthusiastic and excited about their work, and whilst you may enjoy your work, your boss might start think that you’re in a workplace rut. So whether you feel like your boss is apathetic to your work or they’ve started sighing when you come in the door, here are three quick tips to help you get back on their good side. 1.       Volunteer Whether it’s making tea for the office or taking the lead on a massive project, volunteer to do things whenever you can. Your boss will see your initiative and it will you get you noticed as someone who is happy to work and wants to help out whenever they can.  Even if you feel like a project is too big for you, then ask your boss for help or suggest collaborating on the project together. This also gives you an excuse to get closer to your boss and impress them up close. 2.       Stay late, come in early Working late and coming in early is a contentious issue for some workers. Arguably if you can get your work done in the day then it doesn’t seem necessary, but staying late maybe to double check what you’ve done that day or writing a to-do list of things you have to do tomorrow will make you look dedicated. This is especially pertinent if your boss stays late most days, don’t do it every day, but make sure a few days a week your boss sees you staying as late as he does. This may also lead to you having a one-on-one chat when no one else is in the office. 3.       Train, train, train Become invaluable to your department, if you feel like you are weak on some areas of your work, let your boss know that you’d like to talk to other members of the team to learn more. Admitting weakness isn’t a bad thing because you’re showing that you want to improve on those areas. If at all possible, join professional organizations in your field or look into taking a City & Guilds apprenticeship so you have more actionable skills. Attend seminars and keep up with industry news, these small changes will show to your boss not only how committed you are to work but how much you can improved since you started working. Impressing your boss can be as simple as putting some extra effort it, if you feel overwhelmed and maybe that is why your failing to live up to their standards, then tell them! Most people who run departments are exceptionally busy and don’t know what’s going on if you don’t tell them. Asking for help isn’t a bad thing, it means you recognise your limitations and want to do what’s best for yourself and the company....

Can A Boss Help Save Money On A Mortgage?...

Most people recognize that keeping up a good relationship with their boss is important for their job security.  What many people don’t recognize is how important a strong relationship with an employer is for life outside of work.  The way a boss thinks of you as a worker and as a person benefits your income, your career, and even helps you buy a home. When workers plan to change their work environment, a reference letter from the boss is one of the most valuable documents available when heading into a new job interview.  An employer is recognized as someone who knows their employees professionally, but is considered detached from them personally.  As a result, the reference letter is considered an excellent judge of character to potential new employers, government institutions, and even creditors. It is the latter that many people fail to recognize that a reference from the boss can benefit them personally as well as professionally.  Banks and other financial institutions prefer to lend money to applicants who can present references that aren’t written by friends or family.  In many cases, a credible reference letter from an employer can help a new homebuyer acquire a loan with more affordable mortgage rates than an applicant without that referral. Low mortgage rates are very important in today’s economy, which is still recovering from the Great Recession that began in 2008.  A few basis points can add up to thousands of dollars over the lifetime of a home loan, which is money that can be placed into savings accounts or set aside for retirement planning. Many people will also compare the best mortgage rates online, and then use an employer’s letter of reference to secure even better options.  The internet is the optimum tool to help people find information, and mortgage comparison websites evaluate the best financing quotes in one convenient location.  After applying for a mortgage and being put in touch with an appropriate broker or banker, referral documents can be used to negotiate even more affordable terms. A relationship with a boss is perhaps one of the most unique relationships that you can have, but a rapport built on mutual respect can prove more beneficial than many people even realize....

How to Stay on your Boss’s Good Side...

Getting and staying on your boss’s good side doesn’t mean you’re a “brown-noser.” In fact, being on your boss’s good side means you are more likely to perform better and be more productive at work, according to a new study in the Journal of Business Ethics. Here are some ways you can become an office superstar: Go above and beyond – Don’t just do your job, go the extra mile. Don’t be afraid to work on things that may seem outside of your job description. This can be a learning opportunity for you and show your boss that you are a team player and have initiative. Be punctual – Don’t be the last person to roll into work. Pressing the snooze button five times in a row is tempting but it won’t get you on your boss’s good side. Think of work like your credit score. If you are punctual with paying your bills, you’ll get the reputation of being a responsible customer. Therefore, auto and home insurance companies will trust you and give you lower premiums. If you are punctual at work, you’ll get the reputation of being a responsible employee. This won’t get you a lower premium but might get you a higher salary. Who can argue with that? Ask for feedback – Ask your boss for constructive criticism or suggestions on how you can do your job even better. Are there rumblings about layoffs? Be direct and ask your boss, “How can I avoid being one of those numbers?” This shows that you are a go-getter and you are serious about your job. Stay organized – Keep your desk clean, your files organized, and create computer folders so you can access work quickly. You will quickly be known as an employee who stays on top of things. Compliment when appropriate – Nobody likes a “suck-up,” but a carefully crafted compliment can help you move up in rank. Compliment your boss in front of his boss. Mention how well he handled a situation or found a solution to a problem. Your boss will appreciate the recognition. Of course, always make sure you compliment in a professional manner. Know your boss’s communication style – Every boss communicates differently. Some sit back and listen while others fire off questions. Some are casual and relaxed and others are all business. Part of your job is to figure out your boss’s style and relate to him or her accordingly. Be detail-oriented – Proofread your emails, be on time for meetings, respond promptly to calls or emails from your boss and always be prepared. Small details might seem unimportant, but they add up. Be positive – Simply having a positive, go-getter attitude will make you a magnet around the office. Be helpful to fellow coworkers. Try to offer solutions instead of whine about problems. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to smile. It might seem cheesy but simply smiling around the office will boost your reputation of being a positive employee. Stay in the know – Check your credit score annually. Make sure there aren’t any mistakes on your report, and if there are, contact the reporting agency and fix them. Mistakes could potentially hurt your credit, so it’s important to stay up to date. Some websites offer free copies of your report. 2.       Pay your bills early – Being timely when payments are due is a sure-fire way to boost your credit score. However, simply paying bills on their due date won’t...

Getting Along With That Co-Worker, The One Who…...

Your co-worker, you know the one who needs a cubicle archaeologist to free important paperwork from beneath coffee stained mugs; the one who spends all her time talking (loudly) on the phone to her boyfriend about her plans for the night; the one who insists on running his yogurt spoon against his teeth every morning before you’ve even fetched a cup of coffee; the one who always has an opinion but never pitches in constructively; the one who smells of your second grade teacher’s perfume. Yes, that’s the one. We spend more time with our office mates than our families sometimes, and just like family little annoyances quickly stack up to large grievances if left unchecked. If your co-workers are irksome, employ some easy tactics to diffuse the situation. Take Care of Yourself If I don’t eat on a regular schedule, I turn into a beast. Often the anger emerges before I even feel hungry. During one particularly stressful string of event planning, I stayed busy all day making phone calls and packaging peripherals for the attendees. Around four that afternoon, I finally surfaced from my hyper-focused state when my co-worker began twisting in her chair and making a repetitive creaking noise. She must have made this sound a thousand times before, but on this day the creaks sent me over the edge and I called out for her to calm down. As soon as the words escaped my mouth, I knew I needed to eat. Fortunately, all it took to mend my error was a quick explanation of my hunger and we took a trip to the breakroom together. Don’t take your hunger, headache, wild night, or illness out on a co-worker. Keep yourself well-fed, well-rested, and well-hydrated. Healthy relationships start with healthy bodies. Talk About It If a habit still annoys you, take it to the source. Exercise sympathy and understanding. Respect the tenor of your relationship to that moment so far. If someone’s perfume is a bother, but you only have an acquaintance-level of interaction telling her that the rosewater is suffocating might be a bit much. Instead, opt for a civilized discussion about how, though lovely, heavy scents give you headaches or sneezes. Honesty is the best and only policy if you expect changes to happen. Stewing in your own juices hurts productivity. Often co-workers don’t know how they are impacting you, give them the benefit of the doubt and talk about it. Mediation I worked with a girl who hated me. For some reason everything I did rubbed her the wrong way. Her dislike for me meant she talked about me behind my back to clients and impacted my work by refusing to collaborate. I could have spent time planting land mines for her step in, luring the boss over to catch her on a social network or witness her snark. Instead I requested time with my boss to discuss our working relationship. I approached the meeting without accusing her of wrongdoing. I only highlighted where our communication breakdowns were and did not embarrass her with the messier details. We both left the meeting on level ground, and whenever things got out of hand or I felt her ire rising I would bring up the conversation. From that baseline, we always managed to find a way to work together. Ultimately, we developed a working friendship, and I discovered she was not happy with her career path. She regretted not pursuing her original career choice of dental...

Bonds versus Shares — The Boss’s Side...

When you’re the boss of a company, you have to run it so that it’s profitable. Sometimes you need extra capital, and there are different ways of raising it. In terms of seeking investors, there are two main instruments you can do it with: shares and (corporate) bonds. Which one do you go with? Shares — your flexible friend The benefit of shares is that if you’re running a highly profitable company, there’s greater chance of people investing it. Better still, they’ll be willing to invest more. This generates more capital for you, the CFO, and the COO to work with. Shares can also create more solutions in times of corporate or general financial strife. You have more options to help keep the company afloat. You can split shares. You can buy back shares. You can issue more of them. A special benefit of being a share-issuing company is that your underlying allows you to use other derivatives to benefit your company’s finances. You can grant options or obligations for people to buy your shares or products at more favourable prices (to you). Hedging like this can work to your advantage in international trade, especially with businesses in regions or countries that export lots of oil, like Egypt and the Middle Eastern countries. International banks like HSBC can advise you more on this, if ever you need you consider this option. Who has the right? Remember that shares aren’t only financial instruments: they’re a set of rights. You might be the boss, but you won’t have the whole say in the company’s financial affairs. If you sell shares, you grant the holders some influence in certain financial aspects of the business. Common shares give the shareholders the right to vote in shareholder meetings, whereas preference shareholders sit higher on the list of priority creditors if the company runs into difficulties. The good news is that despite having a dividend policy (if you have one) you don’t always have to pay dividends. The shareholders may vote to reinvest profits back into the company (as mentioned, they have a say). Forming bonds? The important thing to remember is that if you issue bonds, you’re placing your company in debt. Not in the red, no, but you’ll have creditors. The thing with corporate bonds, too, is that you’ll have to pay back the loan capital and also a higher rate of interest. If you have a high default risk, you’ll have to pay a higher rate of interest. Not only that, time is money. You must pay the money back within a specific timeframe. Shares are more flexible… to the point that you may never even have to pay the original capital back. Bond issues are, however, are a good way to acquire short-term capital. You can acquire long term capital with them, of course, but this isn’t profitable: the longer the term, the more interest you have to pay. You’re in business to make as much money as possible, so these payments aren’t welcome. When raising capital for the company is on the agenda and the debate boils down to bonds versus shares in the board room, these are the main things to consider. Of course, the other option is to mix the two, preferably obtaining more of this capital from shares. They give you more flexibility— and with flexibility can come more profitable decisions. Ultimately, the choice is yours. For more information on shares and bonds, you can visit the...

How to Allocate Cash Like a Boss

Creating a smart attitude to your money requires you to research, think and act like an investor. Think of the greatest investors of our time – people like Warren Buffett didn’t get there by accident. They achieved their legendary status by being prudent with money and understand how to allocate assets and capital. The next step to sorting out your personal finances after getting out of debt is saving money for your short-term needs, long-term savings such as retirement and cash allocation for investing. Follow these tips on how you too can have the investor mentality: Assess your risk for capital: Risk is a critical feature in investing. You need to understand how much you can risk in your financial portfolio. If you are averse to risk, don’t invest all of your money because if you lose it all, you don’t have an insurance policy. Once you know what your tolerance for risk is, you can look at the available cash in your account and see how much you want to invest in mutual funds, interest-bearing savings accounts and other products. Know what you want to invest in: The types of investments that are available include cash, bonds, art and property. As an investor, you should know what type of investments you want and try for a balanced portfolio. When you allocate cash, choose by what you want to grow in the investment sense. People who believe in real estate should choose properties while investors who like liquidity should stick to cash. Always have money saved: Don’t use all of your cash for investing because if the investments don’t work out, you won’t have cash to fall back on and this might lead you to use high interest short term loan services. Allocating cash for investment should come when you have paid down your debt and you have emergency savings. Start your journey as an investor with these tips....