So the Boss is out of the office for a few days. For anyone else, this would mean a few days of respite from reporting to the manager, and maybe even some free time to pay the bills or surf the Net. Right? Wrong…
Translation for the ambitious and driven corporate sister: time to shine! Not only is the saying “when the cat’s away, the mice will play” very true, but we can also add to it that the mice will certainly play, yet they will play SMART!
While bringing your A-game when the boss, managers and other corporate authority figures are lurking right above your computer screen is one thing; yet performing your best work and handling yourself with utmost professionalism when no one is watching demonstrates excellence and character, and will make you climb higher in the esteem of management (and up the corporate ladder) faster than it takes for you to say “Play”!
1. Touch basis with your manager before they leave: if your manager makes you aware of a future temporary absence, touch base with her/him to clarify your work load, and even volunteer to take over some responsibilities during their absence. Showing initiative and leadership will go a long way!
2. Maintain your professionalism at all times: Now is not the time to slack off, come in late and leave early, or take a break from fulfilling your duties. Keep up with your usual professionalism, and make sure to act as if all eyes are on you (because they atually are!).
3. Deliver Results! Your work speaks for yourself, so as you tackle tasks and projects without your manager present, make sure to deliver effective, timely and documented results. You want to show upper management that not only can you hold your own, but you can also deliver beyond expectation!
So yes, the boss is away, and it’s time to play it SMART, career-smart that is!
The Corporate Sister
Author: Solange Lopes
Solange is the founder of The Corporate Sister, as well as an author, entrepreneur and CPA. She’s passionate about helping women do work they love, build fulfilling careers and living life on their own terms.