Mar 29, 2016 01:19 PM EDT

Things Your Boss Wants To Hear

By R S Ali

Magic words, especially at work, aren't only just restricted to being polite. There are things your boss wants to hear, and Monster helps you identify what they are.

Keep in mind that this is not the same as mindless flattery - a boss can usually tell when you're being insincere or too glib, so watch out for that. This is more about things your boss wants to hear are being done than just empty promises.

Here are a few things bosses would love to hear from their employees, but don't get to hear as often as they would like.

1. Ask them specifically how to do things

One of the worst things you can do in a lot of situations, especially those you are facing for the first time, is to do things your way when you aren't sure what the right way is - and cause a lot more damage in the process. 

Many employees are embarrassed to ask how to do things, but the truth is, even if the boss gets annoyed at your asking for details, he/she will undoubtedly be more grateful that you didn't mess up something important.

2. Ask him/her how you can help them achieve their aims

This is something the boss would love to hear but normally doesn't - that his/her workers are focused on themselves.

All too often work is about money, or even personal goals. This tells your employer you care what they want to achieve, which is, after all, what team and team leader dynamics are supposed to be about.

3. Do something necessary that isn't being done

Initiative and being proactive is, according to many employers, the single most valuable skill in an employee.

When you see the gaps, fill them. Your boss will always appreciate not having to do all the thinking work by himself/herself.

A boss' nightmare is someone who needs too much hand-holding. He/she needs someone who makes their life easier, not harder.

If you see something that maybe needs to be fixed, ask. If you know it needs fixing, just do it. 

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