It's easier than you may realise
Have you ever felt like breaking whatever you can get your hands on every time that other coworker gets a nod of appreciation from your boss when you have contributed just as much, or maybe even more, to the project? Life may not seem all that fair when you think you’re doing nothing wrong at the workplace – but in reality, you may not be paying attention to all the tiny details.
You’re probably not.
So, instead of wasting all that negative energy playing a mental game of darts on the said coworker’s face, let’s go through some tips that will help you rank up in your boss’s good books.
Your assigned task might seem like a piece of cake and the deadline may seem three light years away, but that cat video can wait until you get back home. Start working on your task immediately after it’s been allocated to you, and don’t hesitate to submit it way ahead of time. Not only will this be a subtle proof of your efficiency, but your boss will feel confident in giving you more complex things to do. You’ll get out of that rut of only doing the bare minimum that is expected from you, and be able to contribute much more. This will eventually improve your job satisfaction as you start feeling more productive and accomplished.
Do it your boss’ way
They don’t say “When in Rome, do as the Romans do” for nothing. You might feel like you have a better, more efficient approach to the task, but I’m pretty sure a preset protocol or method exists for a reason. While it’s always good to strive for the most effective method through constant improvement, your boss has probably already weighed out the pros and cons of all other approaches and chosen what s/he thinks is the best. It may be wise to propose your ideas, but don’t implement them without any prior discussion. Chances are, you’ll waste precious time doing the task twice and also displease the boss. Adapt to your boss’ style and master his/her ways; you’ll only see better days from there.
Boost your visibility by being vocal during meetings–-throw your ideas on the table, but know exactly what you’re talking about and be very confident. When it comes to projects, don’t shy away from the big ones and volunteer to take on a challenge whenever the opportunity arises. The extra work will definitely pay off when you find yourself being the go-to employee your boss reaches out to whenever there’s a need, and this will give you a smooth ride up your professional ladder.
Balance is key
Don’t be that person who constantly needs to be managed and pushed around; work independently to show your boss that you’re reliable and don’t need to be someone else’s headache. For extra brownie points, make sure to report the progress of your work during different stages well before your boss starts bugging you for the details of your progress. However, try to be an excellent team player in addition to being a great individual worker. Involve yourself in group projects and be welcoming to people who are interested in working with you. Not only will you be more efficient when you divide and conquer, you will also prove yourself to be capable of handling group-work that mostly deals with larger projects. It’s a definite win-win.
There’s never a set recipe for being a great employee—you just have to do your job and do it well, all the while being very attentive to the little details that could differentiate you from the rest of the crowd. Be self-critical and continuously try to improve yourself—there’s always that extra room to do so even when you can’t really see it. Do your very best to set the good-employee bar high, but don’t forget to take it easy and have fun while you’re at it!