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National Boss Day: 9 Ways To Impress Your Manager

Scientifically-proven strategies to boost your standing

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The ability to impress your boss is a major determining factor in your success, as well as your happiness and productivity at work.Whether you get along with your boss or not, you need to show them you're capable of greatness.

We looked through the latest research to find science-based strategies to help you seem like a better and more cooperative employee and, in turn, make your boss happier.

In celebration of National Boss Day, here's a list of proven ways to wow your boss.

9. Wear red to show you're 'focused, committed, and trustworthy.'

According to a study published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research in 2012, waitresses wearing red earned more money.

If you want to persuade or impress someone in the office, you could try wearing a powerful shade of red. The color makes others view you as someone who's "focused, committed, and trustworthy," said Kenny Frimpong, brand marketing and development manager at high-end Italian clothing store Eredi Pisano.

"We've been in business for about 15 years, and we encourage most of our clients to wear red."

8. Wake up earlier.

If you want to impress your boss, get to the office early.

Although studies show that night owls tend to be smarter and more creative than morning types, those who wake up early have better job performance, greater career success, and higher wages.

People who wake up early are typically also happier, healthier, and have higher satisfaction compared to their friends who prefer the night life, according to a study conducted by the University of Toronto.

Being happier also means that you'll be more productive at your job and easier to work with.

7. Wear makeup

Professional women who wear makeup are viewed as more competent and likeable than those who go au naturel, according to one study funded by makeup manufacturer Procter & Gamble.

6. Exude 'executive presence.'

If you want to impress your superiors, you need to show that you have leadership potential.

What does this mean? One study by non-profit research organization Center for Talent Innovation said that having "executive presence" comes down to exuding confidence, calmness under pressure, and decisiveness. Executive presence also counts for 26% of what it takes to get that promotion.

5. Don't negotiate face-to-face.

If you want to impress your boss with your negotiating skills, do it through a virtual medium, according to one British study. Face-to-face interactions won't benefit you, since you're not the more powerful person in the situation.

Basically, the more powerful you are, the more you'll get out of in-person meetings. This could also possibly be the reason why some employees won't speak up in meetings with their bosses or why brainstorming sessions result in a list full of ideas from only the leader.

4. Make them think your idea was theirs all along.

Want to wow your boss with your ideas? Get them to believe it was theirs all along, said author Douglas Van Praet in his book "Unconscious Branding." This way, your boss will have you work on ideas that you believe in because the ideas were yours to begin with.

Van Praet wrote:

"The brain doesn't always clearly differentiate between something real and something imagined. Our imagination and our perception of the real world are closely linked since both functions engage similar neural circuitry. Numerous scientific studies confirm that visualization and mental imagery enhances actual physical performance, demonstrating the very real benefits of mental rehearsal. If you can get someone to imagine something vividly enough, you are well on your way to making the suggestion real.

"When you imagine something it transforms the message from a universal one to a uniquely personal concept, and not an attempt at external manipulation."

If you can convince someone that an idea is related to them on a personal level, they will have an even greater commitment to that idea.

3. Think twice before helping someone else at work.

When you help someone else, you may feel good about yourself, but a study conducted by German and Swiss researchers found that it doesn't actually help your work performance. In fact, the study said that "participants who requested help with a task performed better, while those who supplied assistance did worse."

Why? Most likely because you're interrupted while doing your own work. If this happens frequently enough, you'll end up suffering from "cognitive load."

Yes, you might be building connections with your coworkers as you show them the ropes, but it's important to make sure you're on top of your own duties.

2. Smile a lot.

"If you smile enough, your body eventually thinks that work isn't so bad," writes Meredith Lepore at Levo League, and you'll become a more pleasant person to be around.

So the next time you and your boss are dealing with a difficult situation, you should smile, said Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman, the author of 12 books, including "The Silent Language of Leaders: How Body Language Can Help-or Hurt-How You Lead."

Kinsey Goman said that this is the fundamental idea of faking it until you make it, since you are tricking your body into thinking that the task isn't difficult.

1. Have sex at least four times a week.

Impress your boss by being a happy, calm person - no matter what. How do you do this? One strategy is to have sex at least four times per week.

According to a paper titled "The Effect of Sexual Activity on Wages," published by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Bonn, Germany, having sex regularly each week may result in higher self-esteem, confidence, and overall happiness, which in turn makes employees more amiable, productive, and creative.

Sex is the "barometer for health, quality of life, well-being, and happiness," the study said.

The study found that sex can be an important factor in how satisfied someone is in their personal life, and satisfaction in that area can affect work as well.

5 Proven Hiring Tips From A Top Recruiting Firm

Hiring the right people will eventually contribute to the overall success of a business. On the other hand, a bad employee has the potential to cost you thousands of dollars.

"The single most important driver of organizational performance and individual managerial success is human capital, or talent," says Bradford Smart, author of the book, "Topgrading: The Proven Hiring And Promoting Method That Turbocharges Company Performance" and president of Smart & Associates.

His recruiting firm, Smart & Associates, Inc., utilizes a method of hiring called "Topgrading."
In his book, Smart says that only 25 percent of hires are considered top performers, but business owners can increase that number to 90 percent by following his Topgrading methods, which have been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Fortune magazine, and more.

Here a few of his tips on hiring:

Calculate your successful hires and cost of mis-hires. Smart advises business owners to be as meticulous and calculating with new hires as they are with equipment and technology. “For a piece of equipment costing $500,000, we’re disciplined in calculating ROIs, doing comparative shopping and planning installation," he says. Companies should proceed to hire with the same caution.

To aid business owners in measuring the success and mis-hires rate of employees, Smart devised four online calculators: the hiring success calculator (calculates percentage of high performers hired and promoted); the talent projection calculator (calculates the number of people you'll have to hire and fire in order to achieve a 90 percent success rate); the mis-hires calculator (calculates your typical cost of mis-hires, and your typical number of hours sweeping up after mis-hire); and the organizational cost of mis-hires (calculates how much it will cost you to replace underperformers with your current methods versus Topgrading methods).

Create a vivid job description. The job description in an ad determines the type of people it attracts. Hiring managers should put in the extra time to make the description as vivid as possible.

"Job descriptions are so vague that hiring managers and others who will be affected aren't really clear about what they are hiring someone to do and candidates are equally confused, hoping to figure it out once they're on the job. Avoidable, costly mis-hires are the result."

According to Smart, the staff at Smart & Associates often get job descriptions from hiring managers that are so vague, they have to call the client to clarify the duties associated with the job.

Recruit from your networks and have connectors. "The advantage of recruiting from your networks is that it is faster (pick up the phone, email, use your social media), better (because you know the people to be high performers), and cheaper than running ads or using recruiters (no fees)," says Smart.

Aside from having a network of A players you've worked with, Smart recommends having a separate network of people called connectors. "Connectors are people who know A players they can refer. We recommend that every manager build and maintain a list of 20+ A players and 10+ connectors — people who are not suitable for your business, but who know a lot of high-performers you might hire. This connector group can include retirees who stay in touch with lots of talented people, vendors with an eye for talent, professional associates, and former peers who know lots of As."

Avoid generic competency questions. Smart considers the face-to-face interview to be the weakest step in the hiring process. "Competency interviews fail because a typical competency question is, 'Pat, can you give me an example of when you had a lot of passion for your work?' Of course anyone can come up with an example and anyone can claim more passion than exists."

Smart once met a senior manager at a recruiting firm who coached candidates on how to successfully oversell themselves and lie during the interview process.

For this reason, he believes the key during the competency interview is to not allow the candidate to "put [one's] best foot forward." Smart suggests asking questions that show initiative. For example, "What actions would you take in the first few weeks, should you join our organization?"

Have the candidate set up a reference call. This method is done using what Smart refers to as the TORC (threat of reference), which involves arranging for the candidate to set up the reference call between the hiring manager and the previous employer or referral.

"This 'threat of reference check' scares C players away," says Smart. "C players can't get their former bosses to talk to you and C players wouldn't want their former bosses to talk to you anyway. Decades of experience confirm that high performers do get their bosses to talk and are happy to make the arrangement." Smart advises recruiters to remind candidates throughout every step of the hiring process that they will be the ones to set up the reference call between the two parties.

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