Whether you are a new employee or tenured associate, you should always strive to be a valuable employee. This may not only provide job security, but help you take the next step in your career as well.
Here are 10 ways to meet and exceed your boss’ expectations to help ensure you stand out in the office:
1. Manage expectations
Take time to understand what your boss expects out of you when it comes to project deadlines.
Does your supervisor need awareness of every project detail? Or do they only need updates on major milestones?
Whether verbal or written, communicating ideas, deadlines and other messages to your boss efficiently is important. Ask them which way they prefer to be communicated with - is it via email, IM, or in person? Effective communication skills can help your manager gain confidence in your ability to take on new responsibilities.
3. Ask questions
Don’t hesitate to ask your boss and team members about project details, requirements or possible strategies to implement on a new assignment. Your manager, and the team, will likely see you as someone who adds value. Just remember to listen to the feedback provided.
4. Display a positive attitude
Some days may be challenging or stressful but a positive attitude is a ‘must-have’ when building a successful team. It is important to stay optimistic and encouraging in even the most difficult circumstances. A positive attitude can win the respect of your boss and assure coworkers you will have an amicable working relationship.
5. Be a team player
Most employers not only appreciate professionals with a positive attitude, but those who can work well with others to contribute to team efforts. Employees who align their own goals to the team’s goals may be more likely to get management’s attention.
6. Become self-motivated
Self-motivated employees have the ability to take the lead on assignments with little direction. Managers can appreciate someone who goes the extra mile as this not only saves time, but allows management to focus on other priorities.
7. Keep your skills up-to-date
As technology evolves, so must professionals. From the latest version of software to regulatory changes, most bosses expect employees to keep their skills up-to-date. This not only shows continuous improvement but can improve your effectiveness as an employee.
8. Be flexible
Changes to your team, goals and project requirements are inevitable. Try to remain flexible and adapt to these changes by responding with an optimistic attitude.
9. Pay attention to detail
Bosses may not have the time to manage every minuscule detail. Employees that pay attention to specifics, raise concerns and identify inaccuracies can earn the trust of their boss and potentially gain recognition for their efforts.
10. Differentiate yourself
Identify what differentiates you as a professional and make it a characteristic that your boss can depend on. Show up to work early or find new, more efficient ways to accomplish everyday tasks to position yourself as a valuable resource to the team.