5 Ways to Be A Standout at Work
By Sandy Schroeder
No matter how much we love our jobs, most of us would love to know how to stand out at work. There are a million success tips out there, but Forbes says the ones that count the most are the specific things that we do on the job.
They suggest we take these steps.
Be Curious and Ask Questions
Start with your own contributions and ask yourself what you could do to make a real difference at work. Then move on to think about what could be done differently. The people who ask “What if?” are usually the ones who go on to lead projects and find out. Step back and take a good look at your company, your projects and your work to see what might be needed.
Keep Looking for the Very Best Answers
If you can always see ways that a project can be improved, you are on the right track. Leaders say the projects that succeed have often been reshaped several times.
Be Willing to Stick It Out
Most of us know someone who is willing to hang in there to the end to see that everything works well. If you have the patience, strength and willingness to be that person, you may also be rewarded with the best results. Forbes says 90 percent of the work that wins awards involves employees who were involved from start to finish on a project.
Reach Out for the Right Answers
We all enjoy trading thoughts with our co-workers, but sometimes we should be willing to go further and seek answers outside our circle. Stay open to everything that’s out there as you read widely, talk with lots of different people, and stay abreast of what’s going on in the world. As you do, you may find yourself incorporating all sorts of information that may apply to your work.
Look for Responses to Your Work
When you have put everything into a project, you do need to see how well it worked. Speak up and ask for the results, or make the effort to track down responses. To continue to do your best, you have to know if your work is hitting the market, or just missing its target. Forbes says workers who make the effort to see how their work is doing are much more likely to be passionate about their job.
If you are already passionate about your job, you are probably already on the right track. Keep going!
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