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Impress your boss using these 7 tips - it's easier than you think

It's pretty tough to get ahead at work without being on your boss's good side. But no one likes a suck-up, either. Some bosses are easier to please than others, too, so what's the best way to make sure you're impressing your boss enough to climb the career ladder but not so much that you look like a brownnoser to your co-workers?

According to a recent ProOpinion poll, 30 percent of business professionals think that finding solutions to your boss's biggest problems is most important when trying to impress him or her. Another 25 percent considered being loyal as most important, and 25 percent more thought it was crucial to support your boss's professional goals.

Basically, the best way to get on your boss's good side is to be good at what you do and know what your boss needs. But there are certain ways you can make sure you're a stand-out employee in your boss's eyes. Check out these tips.

1. Put in extra hours
It might not be ideal as far as your schedule is concerned, but there's no denying the appeal of an employee who shows up early and stays late when necessary. Especially when you first start a new job, you should aim to arrive before your boss and leave after him or her, even if it's only by a few minutes. Clocking out early - whether mentally or physically - doesn't show a boss that you're making the kind of effort that he or she is looking for, according to Forbes magazine.

2. Do your homework
Studying up on the company and the industry as a whole is a great way to make sure you're on top of your game and have plenty to bring to the table. Go through all the information you can about your boss, your team, the company and even what your competitors are doing. Stay up to date on emerging business trends by following important leaders on Twitter and making connections on other social media sites. If you know what's going on, you'll be more likely to have ideas and opinions that your boss is interested in.

Knowing your stuff is a surefire way to impress your higher-ups.

3. Keep a clean workspace
AskMen pointed out the importance of keeping a clean workspace. It should look like a space where you actually get work done, so don't let it get too cluttered but don't leave it totally bare, either. Show your boss that you're organized and efficient by keeping your paperwork and office supplies neat and easily accessible. At the end of the day, give your desk a quick once-over to get rid of the day's mess and spruce it up for tomorrow's tasks.

4. Make his or her weaknesses your strengths
Your boss is in charge for a reason, but that doesn't mean that he or she knows everything or is good at everything. Evaluate your boss's weaknesses and make a point to excel in these areas. Marie Claire magazine suggested offering to run a meeting if your boss doesn't like public speaking, for example, or saying you'll handle your boss's spreadsheets if numbers aren't one of his or her strong suits. Your boss will view you as an indispensable employee who makes him or her look good.

"Take advice and show that you value your boss's opinion to land on his or her good side."

5. Accept criticism
No boss likes it when an employee gets defensive every time he or she receives criticism. If you happen to get a mediocre review or receive negative feedback on a project, Marie Claire recommended thanking your boss for his or her honesty and asking how you can improve. Be proactive about meeting these goals and ask your boss for another meeting in a few months to go over your progress. If you take your boss's advice and show that you value his or her opinion, you're much more likely to land on your boss's good side.

6. Be a team player
Bosses love employees who work well as part of the team and don't cause any issues or drama. Make a point to be positive on a daily basis and work to get to know your co-workers. Avoid getting involved in office drama or participating in gossip sessions, and never bad-mouth your fellow employees or especially your boss. You never know - this information could slip out and land you in hot water. Do your best to make your boss and your co-workers look good by giving them credit when it's due.

7. Pay attention to personal details
Show your boss that you care about him or her as a person by paying attention to personal details like the names of his or her children or what kind of recent activities he or she has participated in. If you know your boss loves to run marathons, ask whether there are any coming up or how he or she did during the last one. This shows that you have an eye for detail and value your professional relationship.

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