5 Ways to be a good employee
There are over 309,000 unemployed people in U.S and the number is expected to go up. If you are not performing at your very best you can easily be replaced by an avid job seeker. This article will explain five ways to make yourself irreplaceable, noticed, and even someone your boss will enjoy having around.
1. Give others your undivided attention
Don’t be the oddball with the weird behavior at work. The one everybody avoids talking to, but they only do so because they have to. Be approachable and friendly. For example, don’t brows through your computer when someone else is talking to you.
More often than not, when we pretend like we are listening, or pretend to care about someone’s opinion when we actually don’t it is more noticeable than we think.
Curt Fellig, a manager at Océ North America, says that he is not fan of those people. “When I talk to them, they pretend like they’re listening but I know they’re really not- it’s annoying.”
The same goes for multitasking. If someone speaks to you while you are multitasking it will give the appearance as if you are not listening and like Curt said, it can be annoying. Nobody wants to feel like that. Even if you are busy be sincere and give others your undivided attention when they speak to you, especially your boss or manager.
2. Love your job; or at least act like you do
At one time or another we have all heard someone say, “I hate my job.” Doing the same thing, at the same place everyday can be monotonous for many people.
Without realizing it many people exhibit these dull feelings. The worst place to exhibit those feelings is at work! If you don’t think other people notice- think again!
“Sometimes I see people that look tried and just not happy to be here [at work]” explained, Curt Fellig. Remember! An unhappy employee does unhappy work.
If you appear dull and unhappy then the work you do will appear like it is dull and not-of-quality. Even if that’s not the case it is the appearance of it that counts.
At work you should appear confident about being and working there, even if you’re not at least act like you are. Like Shakespeare said, “All the world’s a stage.”
3. Don’t interrupt your boss when they speak
Mike Shemshedini, the owner of Glass Tree Inc., who runs a company of 30 employees, says that listening goes a long way. “When talking to them [the employees] and they listen to what I have to say about work and don’t try to come up with their own ideas it helps the whole process better.”
When your boss speaks to you they expect you to listen and agree with them. They are the boss after all. Listen to them even if you don’t think they have it completely right. Listening to them makes it seem as if the communication is going through smoothly, and with that the work as well.
Don’t interrupt your boss while they speak to you. Let them finish everything they have to say and agree with them. Even if that means that later you still add your own variation to their idea.
4. If you don’t know something ask for help
Some people are hesitant to ask for help at work, especially to ask the boss. They might think they will appear incompetent not knowing how to do something. That is not exactly true.
Mike Shemshedini says that he likes when employees ask for help. “I like when they [the employees] ask about what they should do instead of wasting time trying to figure it out on their own.”
Asking your boss for their help or opinion on a work related matter is actually a good thing. You wont get fired because you don’t know how to do something. Asking for help makes you seem like you are focused on the job and determined to be successful.
Your boss likes a work-oriented individual, and when you ask for their opinion they will feel like they are doing a lot for the business. It also feeds their ego when you ask for ‘their’ opinion. It truly makes them feel like the boss, and they will like you for that.
5. Always dress professionally
According to a study published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, the type of clothes you wear not only affects the way other people see you but also the way you see yourself.
The study found that individuals who dressed formally spoke in a more formal manner using more formal adjectives. Those who dressed casually spoke more informally using more colloquial adjectives.
The type of clothes you wear can also affect how high in the promotional ladder you get. According to a study by the Center for Work-Life Policy, “if you don’t look the part of a leader, you’re not likely to be given the role.” The study, in particular, found that for women “dressing the part was a vital factor in attaining success.”
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