When organizations recognize their employees, they give their staff the opportunity to grow and develop in their careers. However, if you work at a job that doesn’t give you frequent feedback on how you’re doing, it can be hard to tell where you rank on a performance level. Yes, it’s possible to ask your boss for a review, but if you want to make sure you’re always exuding stellar employee behavior, follow these five tips:
- Be easy to get along with.
If you’re co-workers constantly avoid you, you may want to reassess your people skills. You don’t have to be everyone’s best friend, but you want to get along with your colleagues and show them you can be a quality team player. When you’re a team player, and people enjoy working with you, it shows that you’re a great fit within the culture of your organization.
- Show that you’re reliable.
By proving you’re trustworthy and dependable, people know that you’re someone they can count on to get the job done, making you invaluable to the company, and someone they rely on for big projects or important assignments.
- Constantly work to improve yourself.
Many people get comfortable in their careers after a while and settle for what they think is good enough. Stellar employees never become content with their work and are always looking for ways to improve themselves. Be consistent with wanting to learn new things by trying different approaches, and striving to work smarter.
- Stay proactive.
Instead of waiting around to be directed on what needs to be done, take the initiative yourself. Ask your boss if there are any assignments he/she needs assistance with. If you see an area of opportunity to help out your department, take it. Finding problems and then working on solutions for them allows you to stay proactive.
- Finish what you start.
Imagination is an outstanding quality to have, but it doesn’t do much good without ambition and perseverance. You may present your job with a ton of great ideas and plans, but if you back out of projects or leave them incomplete, you’ll never be a standout employee. Managers love to hear what employees intend to do, and then actually see them go out and complete those tasks.
Being a stellar employee isn’t just about pleasing your boss, but about setting goals. Working a bit extra and learning skills that could help you improve really does benefit you in the end.
If you feel you’ve been doing all you can, but feel stuck in job that doesn’t utilize your talents, the Jobs Partnership can help. Our LifeWorks training program is designed to help you discover a path to the job you were made for. With the help of partners and volunteers, we provide a 12-week training course at no cost to you. Call us today at 407-641-0755 or apply here to get started.