In construction, everyone wants to make a good impression on their boss, yet some employees have bad work habits that can rub management the wrong way. Some aren’t even aware of these habits. Here are three ways you may be making a bad impression on your manager.

Not Understanding What Is Important to the CEO

If you don’t have a firm grasp of what matters to the CEO, or if you don’t understand what the company’s goals are, it will be very difficult to succeed or to make a good impression. Your boss wants you make these goals your number one priority, so if you’re not even sure what the company’s main objectives are, you’re going to make a negative impression on management. The easiest way to understand what is important to the CEO is to ask questions and have regular meetings with your leadership. Frame it as if you want to make sure your goals align with their goals. Most people will appreciate the show of initiative.

Not Being Deadline-Oriented

Deadlines drive construction work, so deadlines need to always be top of mind. Your boss will notice if you aren’t prioritizing deadlines. Missing important deadlines is the easiest way for you to lose the confidence of your manager. Work on being more efficient and hone your time management skills. You can improve time management by prioritizing work, delegating tasks when possible, and being proactive about managing stress. If you have a deadline coming up, don’t start multitasking, and quash any urge you have to procrastinate.

Having a Messy Desk

For some people organizational skills come naturally. For others, keeping everything organized and running smoothly can be a major challenge. Most bosses don’t like it when their employees show clear signs of being disorganized. If you have files sprawled across your desk or chaotic stacks of paper, your boss will see you as messy and disorganized. They might even start to question your priorities and time-management skills. Try to establish a routine that will allow you maintain an orderly workspace or set aside a designated time during the week to clean your desk. If you truly struggle with organization, you might want to consider hiring a professional organizer to assist you.

You might be leaving a bad impression on your construction manager without even knowing it. If you want to make an excellent impression on management, go out of your way to understand what matters to the CEO, work on your time management and organizational skills, maintain a clean workspace, and adhere tightly to deadlines.


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