Life is a lot easier when you know you've got your boss on your side and winning your boss's favour isn't all that difficult.

Business Insider says it's not about kissing up by complimenting their new haircut or volunteering for every single new assignment.

If you can figure out what your boss wants from you and how you can help them you should be able to make them love you.

Business Insider consulted both scientific research and expert opinion to come up with five ways to get them on side.


1. Arrive at work early

Research from the Michael G. Foster School of Business at the University of Washington suggests that workers who get to the office early are perceived to be more hard-working by their managers. Early-starters also receive higher performance ratings than staff members who arrive later.

2. Ask for advice

Research from Harvard Business School suggests that asking for advice from your manager doesn't make you look stupid -- it can make you seem more competent.

Finishing a task with the question "Do you have any advice?" revealed itself to be a way of showing competence in Harvard's research. The researchers explain that, when you ask for advice, you're validating the person's intelligence and experience, so they feel good about you in turn.

3. Pay attention to detail

It's great to have a sense of the big-picture for the company, but it's important to attend to the small stuff, too.

Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, wrote in a LinkedIn post that employees who pay attention to details are imperative at his organisation. "Even what seems like a small technical glitch can end up affecting a lot of clients in a short period of time. An employee who can be trusted to catch such small errors truly begins to stand out among the crowd."

4. Say 'thanks.'

Saying thank you for feedback from boss, even when it's negative, can make them feel warmer to you, according to a University of Southern California study.

5. Speak up

Don't be shy to share your opinion.

Jenna Lyons, president and executive creative director of J. Crew Group, told Motto that she wants people to share their perspectives: 'I find it impossible to understand where a person stands if they don't join the conversation.'

Don't be afraid that your idea isn't good enough.Lyons says, you should 'never be afraid to pitch an idea; we all have good ones, and we all have bad ones.'