Have you ever wondered how some people are always respected and relied upon in the workplace? Have you and some co-workers discussed the possibility of a fellow co-worker being a brown noser? Do you find yourself trying to figure out how you can best position yourself in the workplace to maximize the relationship as much as possible? If you answered yes to any of the above questions here are a few tips to help you swing the pendulum in your favor.
1. Always do your best. Everywhere. Just like your muscles this is something that only improves the more that you do it. You will be very surprised how easy it becomes the more you focus on doing your very best. When you put forth your best effort a few things happen. You feel a complete sense of satisfaction because there is nothing else you can do. It is usually very easy to recognize and appreciate your effort even if they don’t acknowledge it. The trick is not to think about how the company benefits because they are already reaping the benefits of your talent for an agreed upon sum of money. Think about how much better it makes you and how it will allow you to transfer that great habit into your personal and spiritual relationships. Doing your best will also either make you really stand out in a sea of mediocrity in the office or it will inspire other to step their game up to keep up with you. Either way it is a win for you. Just make sure you are being completely honest with yourself about what your best is, that is the only way this will work for you.
2. Don’t take anything personally at work. Ever. It is a 100% waste of energy and time. Even if you feel like it was a personal attack. Ignore it. Always take the high road and never let anyone discourage you from being the great person you are. If you feel like your ideas aren’t being considered, don’t stop sharing them! If you feel like your feedback isn’t being taken seriously, don’t stop sharing it! If you feel like you can add more and you want to expand your role to use/sharpen skills - ask! And don’t stop asking! If someone doesn’t like you or they are choosing to use their position to hold you back you are your biggest and best advocate. Whatever you do, keep it professional, don’t take it personally and do NOT let it stop you from getting where you are trying to go. Being negative has never ever yielded any positive results!
3. Be accountable. Anyone can be great when things are going well. Be great when things are terrible. If something is your fault just own it, learn from it and never repeat it. Finger-pointing and excuse making will never get you where you want to go. It’s easily identifiable behavior and nobody likes it including you so don’t do it. Trust your greatness. Trust that doing your best is good enough. If you tell someone you are going to do something, make sure you do it. If you aren’t able to complete it at the agreed upon time let them know as soon as you know you can’t meet the deadline. Honesty is also a key ingredient in accountability, sprinkle it generously everywhere!
Real decision makers reward those who demonstrate all of these qualities and characteristics. Every now and then you will run into a situation where none of the above applies and those you have to deal with but you can position yourself in the best possible light by keeping those three things in mind as you go about your daily work routine.