Get To Work: With Suzy Welch

Suzy Welch: 3 unexpected ways to make your boss love you

Suzy Welch: 3 surest ways to impress your boss
Suzy Welch: 3 surest ways to impress your boss

One of the quickest ways to get into your boss's good graces is to be a hard worker who delivers great results. But according to bestselling management author and CNBC contributor Suzy Welch, it takes a lot more than that to actually be a standout employee.

She tells CNBC Make It that in her experience, "there are three things you can do, and actually should do, that will make your boss love you."

Below, she shares how these three actions can help you make a lasting positive impression at work.

CNBC Contributor Suzy Welch

1. Avoid office gossip

Welch says office gossip can be fun, "until someone gets hurt or it starts cutting into productivity." To separate yourself from the crowd and to prove your leadership, she says you should avoid "joining in on the intrigue, especially surrounding the latest round of office politics."

"All you have to do is not take the 'Did you hear?' bait," she explains. "Look, I know it's human nature to gossip, but your boss will see you as superhuman if you simply don't."

2. Understand the meaning of T-M-I

Being authentic at work is typically a good thing, but Welch says it doesn't hurt to have boundaries with the information you share.

"A little verbal restraint can go a long way," she says. "There are some topics that simply don't belong in the workplace, like: your love life, family problems and certain medical procedures, to name a few."

Welch adds that this doesn't mean you need to put a "privacy cone over yourself." But, she says it is important for you to understand that "bosses value employees who are grown-up enough to know the meaning of T-M-I."

3. Assume people have the best intentions

As your manager is building a solid team, they're looking for employees who can earn the trust of management as well as their colleagues. That's why, she says, "your boss will love you if, in every single encounter in the office, you assume best intentions."

"That means going into conversations, meetings and projects believing everyone wants the best for the company and for you," she says.

Welch emphasizes that trusting the motives of others can be a "massive mindset shift for the cynics of the world." But if you make this change, she says "your boss will surely thank you. And so might everyone else."

Suzy Welch is the co-founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute and a noted business journalist, TV commentator and public speaker. Think you need Suzy to fix your career? Email her at

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