In today’s increasingly competitive workplace, it’s no longer enough to simply show up and do your job. Employers consistently promote employees who go above and beyond to contribute to a team’s success, sometimes even choosing these team players over employees who may have experience.
If you’re looking to increase your value to your employers, read on.
Learn Something New
The world is constantly changing, and to stay relevant in your field, you need to be able to adapt with it. More than likely you were qualified for the position when you were hired, but if you were to interview for the job now, would you still get it? Keeping up with new developments in your field is a good way to ensure that you remain valuable to your employers. Read about your industry and learn something new. This can be as simple as setting up a daily news alert for certain topics to show up right in your inbox each morning, and the talking points and up-to-date industry knowledge are sure to wow your boss.
Make the Company Money
Most employees are hired because an employer feels they will benefit the company in some way. But if all you do is show up to work, do your job, and leave, how much are you really helping the company? Probably not any more than the next employee, or the next. Find a way to make your company extra money — it could be anything from bringing in a new client to contributing a killer idea to finding a way to save time or resources. Doing so shows your commitment to the company and puts you at a level above the rest of the staff in your employer’s eyes.
Use Your Time Wisely
Every office culture will be slightly different, but all have this in common: The goal there is to get things done. Joking with coworkers is great, but when it gets in the way of work even for a little bit, your boss will probably start to notice. Use company time wisely. Be diligent in completing your work for the day and be prompt in meeting deadlines. If you finish your work early, don’t leave. Instead, use the time in the office to work ahead, organize your tasks for the next day, or learn something new in your field (see above).
Only Break If You Need It
Taking a break can be good for concentration, and it’s good for your body to have some movement throughout the day. However, taking unnecessary breaks may show that you’re not as invested in your work as you should be. This is especially true if you’re working on a project on deadline or with a superior who is taking breaks less frequently than you are. Employers want to see employees who are focused and get things done, not employees who only put in the minimum effort required.
Dress Above Your Position
A huge way to show that you take your job and company seriously is to dress the part. We’re not saying you have to wear a three-piece suit every day, but if your boss doesn’t dress down for casual Fridays, neither should you. We suggest dressing as though your biggest client is coming in — you’ll be prepared if they do, and your boss will take note for the next time they really need to wow an investor.
Write Well, Even in Emails
Communication matters, especially when it’s written. Words last longer in print and make more of an impression than a simple verbal conversation. In many cases, an email will be the first contact you have with a person, and if the tone is too casual or if your message is full of spelling errors, you could be starting an important business relationship off on the wrong foot. If you can’t even take a moment to proofread before hitting send, what other tasks do you rush through carelessly? Your emails are a reflection of both you and your company. Represent both well.
Answer Emails Outside of Business Hours
Answering emails even when you’re out of the office is a surefire way to show how dedicated you are to your job. especially if the emails are to a client or superior. You can set up most email to come straight to your phone, letting you answer emails anywhere. If the request is for something that you can’t really provide outside of the office, you can at least send back a quick message that you will get the information to them when you’re back in the office. This lets your boss see that you view your job as more than just a nine-to-five commitment, and that you really care about the success of the company.
Listening is great, and most employers will sooner or later notice which employees do and which don’t. But why wait for them to notice? Show how invested you are in what your boss is saying by taking notes. This helps you remember what they said, but also shows that you’re on the same team and committed to the project. Plus, you’ll have an accurate record to refer back to later when the topic comes up.
Looking for more ways to stand out in your field? The Executive Placement program at JBN & Associates may be just for you. To get started, give us a call at 480-344-2822 or visit our website at www.jbnassociates.com.