When the job market falters, many employees try to stay below the boss’s radar for fear they might be next on the chopping block. However, it’s far wiser to take the opposite approach. Now more than ever it’s especially important to be noticed (though for the right reasons, of course), explains Tina Chen, a director of permanent and temporary staffing firm Carlisle Staffing in Illinois.
“When companies trim staff, they will save the people who stand out because they manage their managers well,” says Chen. “There are also more temporary workers now who could manage upward to get hired.”
So instead of being the good-enough team member who the boss has trouble remembering, use these tricks to become noticed and indispensable.
1. Understand Your Boss
“Managing upward requires empathy,” says Aaron Nurick, professor of management and psychology at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Nurick believes that the key to success is being able to see the world from your manager’s perspective. Read the rest of this entry →