It’s hard to get noticed in the office if there are a number of co-workers all performing the same job as you. This isn’t a problem if you are happy to go along with the nine-to-five, it could be a slight issue if you want to ask for a raise, or would like to boost your job prospects with a view to gaining promotion at some point in your career.
That shouldn’t prevent you from trying to impress your boss though. Work hard seated at your desk all day and this should help you get noticed, plus you won’t do your chances of promotion any damage by taking these steps either.
Stop throwing sickies
How many sick days did you take last year? Are you regularly off on a Monday with a ‘migraine’ following a hefty weekend of partying, or do you have the lowest tally for sick days in the company?
People get sick from time to time. Sometimes this is unavoidable.
However, try to minimise the amount of time you take for sick days, if you are forever off ill, this won’t look good on your personnel record.
Start work early
What are your contracted hours? If they’re nine in the morning until five at night do you arrive bright and breezy to work or sit down at your desk on the dot. Ideally you should be seated at your desk at least five minutes before you are due to start work, ready for the off from the start.
To really impress your boss, get there fifteen minutes to half an hour early, put in extra time and this won’t go unnoticed.
Leave work later
It’s been a long day so do you sit there looking at the clock waiting for the hour hand to hit five? That’s going to impress nobody. Leave work dead on five every night and it could show you’re not that committed to the company.
If you have an urgent assignment to complete, stay later until you have the finished the project, that’s sure to make you stand out.
Volunteer to take on extra responsibilities
Be realistic with this one. If you honestly feel like you can juggle extra responsibilities at work and still complete all your daily duties without it having a detrimental effect on your productivity levels, go ahead, see if there are any new challenges you can accept.
Volunteering to take on extra responsibilities is a good way to get noticed amongst your peer group, and it could be just the challenge you need.
Devote time to learn outside of work
Would you like to learn more about your market sector, could you benefit from additional learning but find you simply don’t have the time to read up on insider knowledge within working hours? Have you considered taking a distance learning course outside normal working hours, and possibly funding this training yourself?
Speak to your boss, tell them your plans, and they’ll either offer to fund the training or give you their support, either way it’s a win-win situation.
Take these steps and you can’t fail to shine at work!