Looking to take your job to the next level? Hoping to score that big project at work? Need a little boost in your pay? Here are 10 professional practices to catch the attention of your boss.
1. Be Productive
This seems like a no-brainer. Strive to be productive even when the days seem to drag or your workload isn’t very heavy. On days when other employees are distracted, make a point to stay focused and on task.
2. Speak Up
Have an idea? Confused about a task? Need more information to produce the best work you possibly can? Speak up! Connecting with your boss or supervisor when you need clarification or just want to share an idea shows that you take pride in your job and want to do your best for the company.
3. Use Your Resources
When you face a challenge at work pull from past experiences and your education to enhance the quality of your work. Ask others for help when you need it. Using the resources you have available to you to solve a problem instead of shifting the responsibility on others will impress your manager.
4. Take Initiative
Is it broken? Fix it. Does it need refreshing? Do it. If you want to get something done, do it yourself.
5. Follow Through and Follow Up
If you’re given a task and it is within your talent and power to complete it, then follow through on the assignment. When you’re finished, follow up with your boss on your work. Does it meet the expectations that were set? How could you improve next time?
6. Honesty is the Best Policy
Do not inflate your skills or your talents, but at the same time, do not undersell your hard work.
Consistently deliver the level of work you know you’re capable of.
Thinking outside the box and approaching tasks with a creative way of thinking is a sure way to stand out among the rest.
9. Make an Appearance
Is your employer sponsoring an event? Is a coworker hosting a dinner party? Make an appearance at these after-work gatherings every now and then. Always handle them professionally, but know that taking time to interact outside of the office is a great way to build connections with those you work with on a daily basis. Your coworkers will speak highly of you as a person, and that’s something your boss will notice.
10. Healthy Work-Life Balance
All work and no play will take a toll on your morale, and if you’re not happy you won’t perform well at work. Maintain a healthy work-life balance and keep yourself, and your boss, happy.