- July 6, 2020
- Posted by: Oreoluwa
- Categories: Organizational Growth, Self Development, Work Gist
Thriving at work can easily be learnt by anyone if they have the right information and motivation. Funny enough, the etiquette/grit that are required in being a unique employee/manager are not being taught in schools because there’s no course that specifically guides you on how to be a good employee and no emphasis are made on how to thrive in an office.
Technical skills like accounting, marketing, engineering etc. are definitely required as they are very important in every organization. In addition soft skills for every employee is critically necessary. An individual that qualifies as a good (best) employee must show certain qualities like, tolerance, accountability, positivity, adaptability, humility, communication, cooperation etc. as all these are classified enough to set the trajectory for the rest of your career.
Here are some few tips that will help you become irreplaceable and promotion-ready:
1. ALWAYS CONTRIBUTE: Before you can contribute to a situation you definitely have to be properly enlightened about what you want to talk about. Which means you have to do your homework (make personal research) understand the ins and outs of the business. You cannot make a concrete suggestion when you do not pay attention. Follow up on the critical issues on ground that will at least guide you to come up with a contribution that will make a difference.
‘The key to being a great employee is taking up more than the job description.’
2. MAINTAIN A PROACTIVE STANCE: Creating a situation is very effective than responding to it after it’s on the table. ‘To be unique is to be useful and to be useful is to be important’. Don’t wait for your manager to ask you to get something done before you do it. If you have nothing left on your table, go to your boss and ask if there’s anything to be done, relieve him/her of the stress. The best employees are very active and always motivated, they propose ideas, take initiatives and get things done without supervision.
3. BE EFFICIENT: Making good use of your time and resources is what makes you stand out as a valuable employee. The best employee would look to where he can add value and put in his greatest effort all the time. The major factor that qualifies you as a great employee is the positive mindset that you work with. The extra you put in the work as if it’s yours is what defines you as great and differentiate you from your colleagues.
4. PROVIDE A CLUE FOR EVERY PROBLEM YOU DISCOVER: A criticism/problem without proper explication and analysis is meaningless. Part of being a team play is making research and understanding more about the business like it’s your own, so it’s normal if you come across some hindrance, but you have to further the work and create an intelligent result. Challenge is an inevitable thing in every job, you should discover and think of ways they can be eradicated. It’s unwise to bring forth this problems to your manager without a solution.
5. KNOW THAT YOU’RE NOT THE BEST: As harsh as this may sound, it can also be very effective, especially when you just secured the job. Whatsoever experience you had before coming there should be a plus, learn from other employees that got there before you. Put in your best effort and know that you can be replaced if your work is not impacting enough. You need that extra motivation that’ll keep you going and make you thrive better than anyone else.
Finally, most employees believe they should be promoted because of the amount of work they put in projects. That’s wrong, expecting a promotion or compensation for an extra work done will lead to disappointment if it’s not given and this may discourage you the next time. A top performer consider the job as his. Put all you’ve got and expect nothing, it’s the consistency of your hard work that earns you a reward. Earn yourself the promotion but don’t expect it.