10 Mar How to Stand out at Work & Outperform Your Colleagues
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Ever had a boss say to you “You’ve ruined other employees for us!” or “We compare all our new employees with you”?
These are the kinds of comments you get at work if you’re a hard working employee and looking to move up the corporate ladder quickly.
Unless you don’t have big goals and aspirations to have a successful career, there’s something missing when it comes to your work ethic.
Keep reading to find out what helps an employee stand out at work.
# 1 Be Efficient.
Efficiency is impressive. However, efficiency is only impressive if the work delivered is quality. If you’re efficient with delivering your projects to your boss, it impresses not only them, but also your colleagues.
# 2 Be on Time.
Being on time speaks volume. Better yet, being early portrays eagerness and readiness for optimal career success.
Additionally, being on time implies you don’t take other people’s time for granted. Everyone’s time is valuable so always keep that in mind.
# 3 Take Initiative.
Do you know how much employers love initiative? They love it because it makes your boss feel like you care as much as them to deliver projects. Not to mention, the average employee doesn’t take initiative so you would definitely be standing out if you did.
If you happen to have a boss that discourages this behaviour, it could be because they feel threatened by your skills.
# 4 Work Longer hours.
If you’ve never heard someone say to you “Do you ever take a vacation?”, you’re maybe not working hard enough.
Don’t get me wrong, you need a vacation once in awhile. However, you want people to feel like you work so hard that you never take a break.
# 5 Be prepared, always.
This is SO important. When you’re prepared before a meeting or a presentation, it makes all the difference in your delivery and your confidence during the meeting. You can also come ready with questions or, ready for answers to foreseeable questions.
# 6 Know how to deliver your point.
You want people to understand you and what you do in 30 seconds. This way, you seem like you know what you’re doing and that you’re competent without loosing their interest.
If you struggle with this, here is a great book you can read in an hour about how to get your point across in 30 seconds or less.
It’s very practical to help you come up with your elevator pitch and tag line as well. There are even exercises during the book to help you practice.
# 7 Work smart, not hard.
You can stay at the office 12 hours redoing the same task over and over without ever getting results.
On the other hand, you can think strategically about how to tackle a task the most efficient way. That way, you can stay at the office less time and get what you need to get done well & quickly.
# 8 Network
Get social and speak to your colleagues! Go out for cocktails with them. Get to know who you’re working with and allow people to get to know you back too. The more people know you and enjoy your company, the better it is for your career and your reputation.
# 9 Connect Online
It’s so important to increase as many points of contact with people everyday. If you can connect in person and virtually as well, those are two easily accessible points of contact.
Add your colleagues and anyone you meet in a professional setting on LinkedIn. This way, they can see what you’re up to, you can keep them in your network and you can send them follow up messages once in awhile.
#10 Stay Active Online
It’s 2020 people, if you’re not working on your online personal brand to market yourself, then you’re missing an opportunity to reach more people and get yourself known in your industry.
LinkedIn is the best spot to start being active online professionally. Make sure to engage online by writing LinkedIn articles, sharing posts about your expertise and commenting on other people’s posts as well.
This will help you get noticed as an involved employee who is committed to their work life and ready to work.
# 11 Dress for Success
Dressing for the career you want actually does help you stand out at work, make you more productive and shows others you respect them enough to dress up for them.
# 12 Be Positive.
No one likes a Debby Downer! Hearing someone complaining is not fun. Show up everyday with a smile and a positive attitude, as this will help build your reputation too.
When you help your boss move the needle in their business or their mandate, they recognize and appreciate that. This is what truly makes the difference in how everyone at the office sees you, your career potential.
Is it too late to start implementing these tips?
Nope! These are all habits you can learn to build over time to help you stand out at work. It’s never too late to take your career into your own hands and start outperforming your colleagues.
In this article, I’ve shown you how to stand out at work. The idea is to get involved and work efficiently.
Comment below which tips you’ve implemented in your work life!
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