There’s nothing more frustrating than feeling like you’ve put in a huge amount of effort into your work and getting very little in return – if anything at all. You may even be tempted to stop trying or deliberately try to sabotage the chances of success for the office favourite; you know, the one that’s firmly attached to the bosses derrière most of the day.
There seems to be a common area that we miss on our quest to the top – we’re often aiming to get to the top to benefit ourselves, nobody else. When you think about it, it makes total sense; your boss wants somebody who will benefit them and the company, not somebody who only wants to help themselves. It’s not all bad news though – below are our top tips to help you get noticed.
1. Help those who are less fortunate –
We don’t mean bring food in or make donations to the guy who doesn’t seem to ever catch a break. If you’re in a position to be a great leader, it’s important to remember that a great leader doesn’t just want to have others follow – they create more great leaders. Besides, great co-leaders are fabulous for delegating to.
2. Own your achievements –
It’s natural to shun from the limelight and appear less egotistical by offering recognition to others who contributed, but be careful not to dull your achievements. You did well to get recognition, now own it! There’s no shame in being proud of your achievements, providing you aren’t jumping on the tables and ‘flipping the bird’ at everybody else. Some of us are still proud at the fact that we managed to tie our own laces this morning.
3. Be modest in speech and excel in actions instead –
Modesty doesn’t mean that you don’t think you’re as good as somebody else, it just means that you don’t feel it necessary to toot your own horn to the point where your co-workers are secretly plotting your demise. Instead, you let the quality of your work and your actions do all the talking.
4. Utilise the hell out of your strengths –
Your boss hired you because you possessed a certain skill set that others did not; skills that he or she could utilise. It’s important to know your strengths and use them to maximise your success. Only your professional strengths, however; eating 57 hotdogs in an hour isn’t going to impress your boss when it comes to his or her company… unless it’s a hotdog company, perhaps.
5. Take every opportunity to better yourself –
Be the first to put your hand up for training programs where you can get a step ahead and learn something new. Even if you don’t learn anything new, if the person running the training program likes you and your attitude, they’re likely to pass on how impressed they were to your boss (derriere hugging via the middleman). Connections can be invaluable.