You may be wondering why should you or why would you want to manage your bosses time, after all you are super busy just like your boss! Truth be known upwardly managing your boss or ‘Boss Time Management’ as it is now known has been around for decades and is used by many successful leaders and business managers.
Boss Time Management is essentially employing strategies to manage your boss and the time they have that impacts on you. We all know the impact placed on us when our boss needs something urgently, we have to juggle other deadlines and appointments and even our own team of people. By embracing some or all of these top tips you will not only be helping your boss look good which also helps you to look good but you will also be gaining the benefits of having your time less imposed on by your boss.
Sound like a good idea? Well read on and take what you can from our Top 5 on How Manage Your Bosses Time and like all good things we can’t get enough of, Happening People offer you an extra top tip. Simply ‘like’ our Facebook page www.facebook.com/happeningpeople and watch out for it in one of this week’s Facebook posts.
1.Volunteer to attend meeting
Volunteer to attend a meeting that are of little worth to your boss but good for your profile.. Ask your boss which of their meetings you can attend on their behalf (maybe not every meeting but try to as often as you can) this will not only ease pressure from your bosses hectic schedule it will give you more ‘face time’ with senior managers and will help up your profile. Just remember to do a good job!
2. Protect your boss from interruptions
When people suggest escalating straight to your boss see if you can’t help out first. By doing this you will demonstrate to your boss and those you interact with that you are more than capable of doing your job as well as demonstrating your ability to take the initiative, a trait of all good leaders. A hot tip here: If you really think something should be escalated straight to your boss, make sure it is, there is nothing worse for your boss then having an issue get out of hand because it was not escalated to them in a timely manner, so bear this in mind before choosing not to escalate.
3. Take over some of their work
All bosses have tasks they do as a matter of course and that are routine to the job. Many of these jobs could easily be delegated to their team members but often times your boss is so busy they forget to delegate or they may feel you have enough work to manage and are reluctant to give you more. Ask your boss what tasks they do that they feel you could manage and when appropriate you would like them delegated to you. By doing this you will gain exposure, experience and broaden your skills as well as become indispensable to your boss!
4. Ask how to gain their approval
Ask your boss exactly what and when they want the work done so you only have to do the task once to gain their approval. This will not only free up your bosses time but yours too! This strategy is a good one but a quick word of caution; this strategy can take some time to build. You want to be seen by your boss as being organised efficient and detailed not nagging, pushy or difficult. One of the best ways of introducing this strategy is to talk to your boss and let them know you would like to work effectively with them and that to do that you would like to understand with each job/ task request or project what they would like achieved, is there any particular way they would like you to go about achieving it and to what time frame.
5. Help your boss stay on track
Help your boss stay on track on your catch up meetings by setting an agenda, having a project or task list – keep it up to date and on hand. By doing this you will not only make the most of the precious time you spend with your busy boss you will also gain better control over your working week.
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