Being confident in the workplace starts with being knowledgeable about your job, your company and the responsibilities of your role.
When you know your stuff, you position yourself to professionally handle conflict, deflect intimidating people and take on big projects without hesitation.
Your boss may want to assign you an awesome new project—or ask you for the report that’s due today (wait, what report? But how often do you stop by your manager’s office just to chat?
Why would your boss be open to your ambition to move up or out of your current role?
In many cases, he or she truly does want to see you achieve your goals.
Discussing your ideas with your boss helps you in several ways.
First, you’re showing him or her that you take initiative, that you’re committed to improving the company, and that you truly want to make contributions to the team.
A Staff Writer/Editor for The Muse, Sara has experience managing programs; recruiting, interviewing, and referring job applicants; building strategic partnerships; advising executive directors; and supporting a national network of volunteers.
See more of her writing on her website or follow her on Twitter @sarajmccord.Do a great job answering the questions you’re asked, and in a follow-up email mention that you have other ideas you’d love to share when he has time.Similarly, if you’re in a situation where your boss’ boss is visiting with you socially—say, you’re at an office happy hour and she brings up the local football team —don’t jump to change the subject and discuss work.Now, if you’re talking to your boss’ boss specifically to report issues with your supervisor, that’s a bit of a different story—but still approach these conversations as professionally and honestly as possible.Saying, “I haven’t been able to get the approvals I need for a client because Bill’s been out this week,” will go a lot further than, “Bill’s been totally MIA, so I’ve had to bend over backwards to hold down the fort.” Thankfully, it’s not just the worst of times when you’ll find yourself one-on-one with the boss’ boss: it can also be the best of times.Whether that means putting in a good word for them in a different department at my current company or assigning them specials projects that will help them build new skill sets for a different role, I want to help.