8. You are proactive. Bosses really love employees who don’t wait to be asked, told, or assigned every little thing that needs to be done around the office. Being proactive means looking around and seeing what needs to be done and volunteering to do it. It means looking around and seeing what could be improved and offering sound reasonable ideas for improvement. It means keeping your eyes and ears open, sharing what you learn, and being constantly focused on the organization and your team. Being proactive is not self-serving. It is not based on what will make you look good as an employee, but rather, what will make your boss and your organization look good. And, in most organizations, looking good, means serving clients and providing great services while maintaining sound business practices.