Success at work is something most of us want to achieve. Being able to stand out at work is one of the key indicators of success. This is because it will come with things like promotions which in turn lead to career growth.
You don’t want to be just another face at the company but someone your boss is aware of for all the right reasons and wants to continue working at the company.
It becomes more difficult to stand out at work for all the right reasons when you are a young professional in your early 20s (trust me I know) But it is possible and there are habits you can take up that will help you achieve this.
Here are the habits that will make you stand out at work
1. Being known for something specific
If you want to be recognized in the workplace then you need to be the go-to person for a specific thing.
What are your strengths? After figuring this out then you can work on being the go-to person for things you are good at.
Being known as an expert on a specific topic will help you establish your role in the organization as well as in the team.
You just have to ensure that you are known for positive things that boost the productivity of others as well as yourself. Don’t work on being the go-to person for info on the newest restaurant in town. This will in no way help your career unless of course, your work requires you to know these things.
2. Making connections outside of your team
How many times have you taken the time to know the people who work outside your department, do you even know their names?
Making connections at work is very important because you don’t know who you will meet and how they might be able to help you in the future. This is why it is crucial for you to form relationships with people outside your immediate circle.
3. Helping your co-workers
Helping out a colleague in need is another great way to stand out at work. It doesn’t matter how small, maybe you know a faster way to complete a project why not share it with your team?
This will ensure that you have a good relationship with those you work with. Not to mention that when the tables are turned and you need assistance, people will be willing to help you out.
No one can make it in life alone; this is why you need to cultivate a good relationship with your co-workers where you know you can depend on them.
4. Over-delivering on your tasks
Finishing your projects and the work you are given on time will help you keep your job but going above and beyond is what will ensure that you get noticed.
Doing more than what is asked of you is a great way to show that you love your job and can do much more, which can eventually lead to you getting more responsibilities and a higher position.
However, you need to ensure that you don’t take on too much work. Just doing more than is required of you will be enough; you don’t have to go overboard.
5. Showing a willingness to learn
You can never know everything, which is why many bosses love employees who can not only do the job but those who show that they are willing to do and learn more.
This is where learning new skills come in, if you want to achieve any sort of career growth, then you need to be willing to improve yourself and grow your skills.
So take up those extra classes, attend that seminar on changes in your field and ensure you are always learning.
Standing out at work and being recognized for the work you do is not rocket science, you just need to be willing to put in the work and effort required. Remember you cannot stand out if you are not unique or doing something the other employees are not.
How do you ensure you stand out at work?