9 scientifically-proven ways to impress your boss

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It's National Boss Day. For some, it means a day of celebration. For others, it may be a day of torture. For both groups, the pursuit of perfection continues. National Boss Day, including ways to impress, was searched more than 50,000 times on Google October 16th.

Business Insider published nine scientifically- proven ways to impress your boss.

WEAR RED: A 2012 study published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research showed waitress wearing red earned more money. It's considered a "power color" that makes others view you as "focused, committed, and trustworthy".

WAKE UP EALIER: Even though a study published in Harvard Business Review shows night owls tend to be smarter and more creative, it's the early birds with better job performance and higher wages.

WEAR MAKEUP: The controversial study originally paid for my Proctor & Gamble said women wearing makeup are viewed as more competent and likeable than those who go natural. There was quick backlash to the study, but CEOs that viewed photos almost always chose the woman wearing makeup.

EXECUTIVE PRESENCE: A study by the non-profit group Center for Talent Innovation said having "executive presence" means exuding confidence, calmness under pressure, and decisiveness. It accounts for 26% of what it takes to get a promotion.

DON'T NEGOTIATE FACE-TO-FACE: A PhD student at Imperial College in London lead a study showing you'll have a better chance of getting what you want if you negotiate through a virtual medium. The more powerful you are, the more you'll get out of face-to-face meetings.

MAKE THEM THINK YOUR IDEA WAS THEIRS: Author Douglas Van Praet in his book "Unconscious Branding" said your boss will then have you work on ideas you believe in because they were your ideas to begin with.

THINK TWICE BEFORE HELPING SOMEONE ELSE AT WORK: Helping someone else may make you feel good about yourself, but a study conducted by German and Swizz researchers found it doesn't help your job performance. Usually, because it's an interruption to your own work.

SMILE: Dr. Carol Kinsey Goman, an expert in body language, says you should smile whenever you get into a difficult situation. It's a way of tricking your body into thinking the task isn't that difficult.

HAVE SEX: A paper published by the Institute for Study of Labor said having sex regularly (at least four times a week) may result in higher self-esteem, confidence, and overall happiness. Satisfaction in someone's personal life affects their work life.


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