We all want to stand out at work, primarily in a good way. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. You may assume the only way to be a great employee is to work harder than everybody else, but that’s not true.
The secret to being an exceptional employee is knowing the few key things that you must do well. We all have the same number of hours in a day, so you have to choose what to focus on.
I’m sure you have heard the phrase emotional intelligence or emotional IQ before. Dictionary.com defines it as “the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically”.
This is a fancy way of saying that you know how to get along well with people. But even more so, you need to know how to be likeable by the influential people at work.
Work is not much different from high school where you have the popular kids and everybody else. People notice and pay attention to the popular kids. Become well known and liked amongst the right people and it will be great for your career.
Everybody wants to spend time around people that they like. If you are not well liked you will not be noticed, at least for the right reasons. It will be hard to get promoted, you won’t get special treatment and you could be first in line for layoffs.
Make Your Manager’s Job Easier
Your manager most likely has a lot of responsibility and may struggle to get it all done easily. You may finish your work and go home while your manager stays late or brings work home.
The fastest way to gain favor from your manager is to help them with some of their tasks. You could offer to help but jumping in and just doing it would really resonate with them.
However, the key is to do it correctly. You want to reduce their workload, not make them come in behind you to check everything you’ve done.
There are two huge benefits to this tactic. First, they will see you as someone who has ambition and is eager to do more. Second, you are setting yourself up for a promotion. Most people receive a promotion only after they have proven they can do the job. It sounds counterintuitive, but that is how most promotions work. They give you the responsibility first and then reward you with the raise and title.
If you are doing the work of a manager well, you have proven your ability to perform at the next level.
The central lesson in this article has been about working smarter, not harder. Automation makes all of that possible. If you are able to automate the simpler things, then you can focus on doing the most important work well.
Being able to streamline the process also helps your team as a whole. Your manager will see you as a problem solver, which will help during promotion time. Also, the time you save on your work is what gives you time to help with your managers work.
In conclusion, if you think like great employees do, you will have similar success.
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