7 Ways To Build A Personal Connection With A New Boss
Starting at a new position in a company you stand for is enthralling, but it can quickly turn into a pile of nerves. You may be wondering how do I make my boss see my drive, knowledge, and passion in the beginning stages from day one.
You only ever get one first impression, so it is vital to learn how to make a good one. This first interaction will shape the way your boss views your personality and your work-ethic moving forward.
In various studies, it was found that this first impression is formed in between seven and seventeen seconds. Within that time frame, there are communication methods that can be implemented to make the meeting memorable- in a good way.
Seventeen seconds is very little time to shift the opinion new people will form of you. These statistics do little, except incite anxiousness to make a perfect impression. Here are the real ways to help ensure your new boss considers you a competent and valuable employee.
1. Punctuality Creates Personal Connection
Familiarity with the phrase, “Better late than never,” is common, but it is not well applied to workplaces. Punctuality should be made an inherent trait. Being on time reflects your respect for the company’s rules and culture. Arriving early is the smart approach that shows your employer, and co-workers, that you understand the importance of work and can efficiently prioritize.
Just as well, keep an eye on other employees on the first day, your employer will be keeping one on you. If the work ends at 6 p.m. but co-workers are willing to work late to ensure the day’s work is fully completed, it is best to follow suit.
Having the time to personally connect with your boss is the optimal result, and it should not all be done on the company’s clock. A personal connection occurs when you take a moment to acknowledge another person’s ideas, thoughts and existence. Bosses are often left out of this, but a solid personal relationship can add to the creation of a superior professional one.
2. Focus On Your Boss
Surely, you are interesting and have much to share about yourself and your goals. To make a good impression on your boss, focus on and truly understand what they are saying. Make them the center of the conversation during the first interactions with active listening techniques. This shows you value what they say and want to learn from their input and experience.
Focus goes hand-in-hand with being completely receptive to their opinion. Your boss is in their position for a reason, and their reasoning can reflect the company’s beliefs. Listening and nodding does not matter if you do not truly care about what the other person is saying.
Letting others talk is a great way to make them feel comfortable with you. Take mental notes on the information they are providing, whether business or personal, so you can remember aspects of your boss to add to any additional conversation.
Being receptive to their comments will also help you learn what they expect from employees and how they view the workplace. This information will be essential in determining in what ways you can earn their favor going forward.
3. Eye Contact Shows Confidence to Personally Connect
Looking someone in the eyes is the tell-all of confidence. This shows you are comfortable making real personal connections with those around you. Not only that, but it is clear that you are exclusively using that moment to listen.
Looking away too much can make you seem easily distracted. Though you may be digesting the information they are giving, it looks like you’re not valuing what is being said in the moment and are lost in making your own conclusions. Use small nods, or quick responses to portray your appreciation for the conversation.
4. Take Every Opportunity To Volunteer
Even as the newbie, do not be afraid to volunteer for any and all additional projects. Offering aid (especially if unpaid) shows your boss and your co-workers that you are a leader. It can portray that you are not afraid of hard work, even if it’s the grunt work. However, this can be a double-edged sword. Take caution to not overload yourself in a way that makes your key tasks look menial.
By speaking up, you are more likely to grab the boss’s attention. Make sure you are using relevant points and asking plenty of rich questions. These questions should show you have been actively listening, then using critical thinking to absorb the concepts.
5. Dress Appropriately with Confidence in Mind
There is nothing wrong with expressing your style through eye-catching designs, or an amazing pair of shoes. We all want our outfits to show bits of our personality, but make sure this is not taken too far, even for a bold first impression.
Details on your dress code are found in the employee handbook, so that should be the first place to look to determine what is appropriate. Discreetly look at other employees, especially those the boss looks at favorably, to see what the vibe of the workplace is. If possible, always dress comfortably as long as taste and professionalism is not sacrificed.
A great starting point is to have your clothes reflect what others in your dream positions wear. Take note of your boss’s staple clothing items and begin dressing for the position you want, not the role you’re currently in.
6. Speak Directly with Mindfulness
Clear speech shows you can collect your thoughts and express them relevantly. Being confident in your rapport is how you appear experienced and capable. Lofty unsure answers that do not provide anything to the conversation shows you are lost. If a new hire wants to make a personal connection with their boss, there must be an attempt at communication.
Meekness can lead new employees to fade into the background of everyday operations. Do not shy away from conversations that lead outside of ‘business’ talk, but attempt to use your emotional intelligence to gauge correct responses to delicate subjects.
7. Promote Innovation to Create Personal Connection
New ideas are the lifeblood of successful businesses. If, from your experience, you know a more efficient method of work, bring it up and show you are an addition that will improve workflow throughout the business. Keep the team in mind, because all innovation needs to serve the needs of the company as a whole.
First, try to understand why things are done the way they are. Be careful not to insult the way things are running, often a good reason exists that you’re not seeing. If there is no reasoning behind a boses’ offense to your input, this environment may not be viable for employee growth.
A new hire is often focused on the technicalities of the position, but more exists to thriving in your work environment then knowing the duties expected of you. Real-world personal connections drive a workforce, and how well you can appeal or relate to your boss will set the course for your future in the company. These business relationships need continuous work to thrive. Through self-awareness and instilling personal communication strategies, your first impression will set proper footing to this.