Learn Your Boss's Goals
Communication fosters learning—in this case, you’ll be learning about your boss!
Take the time to learn how your boss operates, what they need, and how they like for that need to be fulfilled
For example, does your boss like for you to be autonomous, only contacting them when a project is completed? Or do they prefer hourly status updates? Do they prefer verbal or written communication?
Every human being is a complex constellation of character traits, strengths, and weaknesses. Learn what your boss does well, and perhaps more importantly, what they might sometimes struggle with. Do your best to fill in those gaps when appropriate and your boss will appreciate you to no end.
Take the time, also, to understand your boss’s job. What do they have to deal with on a daily basis? Do they depend on your morning report to give their evening report to their own boss? It’s easy to become focused on your own goals, losing sight of the big picture—you’re there to support their goals.
Everyone appreciates being known and having their preferences accommodated. Your boss has a tough job—why not make it just a little bit easier?