Signs your doing things right at work
Don’t worry, you are really doing a great job- here’s why
You’ve been with your company for a while. And sometimes you think you’ve plateaued with your performance even if you work so hard. And that’s because not only is your boss stingy as she rarely picks up the tab when you go outside of work, she’s also not giving you positive feedback at work.
But come to think of it, that could just be her personality, maybe she’s not a verbally expressive person to begin with. And to assure you that maybe it’s just all in your mind, check if you can identify yourself in the following work scenarios. If you do in most if not all of them, stop the paranoia, will you? You are doing a good job, period.
You have all eyes and ears on you during meetings and presentations
Maybe you have taken this for granted but when your office mates are looking and listening intently to you when you speak, that’s a good sign. Like everyone is looking forward to hearing your inputs. Plus the fact that you are almost always an active participant with your sound ideas and practical solutions.
Meetings are held more often to discuss problems and their possible solutions. It is even better when you will only confer with your boss about a problem after you have made attempts at solving it by yourself first. This was how Leon Shimkin, owner of Simon & Schuster publishing house conducts his meetings with his employees when he was the general manager. There will be more efficient and necessary meetings if this were a cardinal rule in every company.
You have a good sense of which tasks to prioritize instead of spreading yourself thin without really accomplishing anything
It’s common to hear your boss saying “this will be a priority” or “can you make that a top priority”. You are expected to acquiesce each time but before you know it, everything is a priority. That’s not the right way to go about handling your responsibilities. While you may really need to follow whatever your boss tells you to do urgent, you must also be assertive enough to inform him of your current situation. You can go with “ok I will try my best but I will have to finish this particular task first because”. Using a four-quadrant chart by Amy Jen Su who is co-founder of leadership firm Paravis Partners, you can organize your tasks in terms of the value of contribution and passion. Learn which ones you need to prioritize and elevate, which are both on the high passion tasks. On the other hand, there are tasks that can be delegated and tolerated. Having this chart will definitely help you with your efficiency.
You keep yourself updated with new learnings and set your stretch goals
They say you never stop learning. And it’s so true. You can’t be complacent at the workplace. Somebody “hungrier” can take your job away from you. That’s why you keep yourself abreast with current developments in your industry. As LinkedIn’s chief editor Daniel Roth would have it, he spends 10% of his time discovering trends by surfing the internet or asking people he would meet at events about their industry which makes a great conversation starter as well. You evolve to keep up with the times.
Meanwhile, your stretch goals may be far-reaching but it is found that this is a common practice among performing employees as studied by Zenger/ Folkman which is a leadership consultancy firm. You must remember though to achieve such goals without compromising your integrity and morals. Some will go to great lengths such as engaging in cutthroat competition or worse, cheating their way to achieving their stretch goals. Instead of bringing out the best in you, it is the opposite that is unleashed. You would not want to go down that road.
Your inbox emails do not define your importance in the workplace
How many times have we seen our co-workers glued to their computers only to find them lingering on their emails? Unless your task is focused on answering customer email queries, spending your day just attending to your inbox may not be an indicator that you are being hardworking. The journalist from New York Times Charles Duhigg puts it simply – the fewer the emails being sent, the better. Answering emails for a whole day is not being productive because you could be neglecting your real priorities.
You do self-auditing
In the midst of all the craziness at work, it’s good to take a step back and reflect on your accomplishments. As recommended by Erica Gellerman who is a marketing consultant, jot down your issues, how you addressed them, what the results were and how you rate yourself having contributed to the solution. You can do it at the end of each work week and proves to be a great way to assess yourself and apply necessary corrections to your mistakes so they are avoided in the future.
You are generous in helping your co-worker whenever you can
You help only when you have the time. You don’t want to compromise your own responsibilities just because you got tied up helping other people Individuals who do very well in their job are often the ones who are helpful according to the 2013 book “Give and Take” by Adam Grant. He cites a great example in Cinnabon Chief Operations Officer Kat cole who rose from the ranks as she helped in her own way by covering for those who couldn’t do a particular shift. Here, she sets additional time to extend assistance to her fellow staff members without affecting the quality of her primary tasks.
Your word is golden
In other words, you do not make promises you can’t keep. Practice what you preach or narrowing the say-do gap – a behavior that exhibits leadership according to the book “Spark”. These all mean that you are honoring your commitment no matter what and you are leading by example. There is no room for lip service here.
Your boss is successful in the job
There is usually a hierarchy in an organization. Unless you’re the boss, you are reporting to one therefore, it is your responsibility to deliver what is asked from you. If you do your job right, it contributes to your boss’ success. It’s not power-tripping, that’s just how it is. And make sure that you are the best person for that position – make yourself indispensable in the process.
You are running out of business cards
Even people outside your company are interested to know you and maybe want to collaborate with you in a future work project. Your good work performance may speak for itself as word gets around. Sometimes, you’re given an opportunity to conduct a seminar or attend events where you get to showcase your skills. This is where you get to meet different people which you could form connections with that can come handy later on. Who knows, a top executive might be impressed with your work and what happens afterwards can change your life.
How did you do with the above? Very well, I suppose. I just hope this article inspires you to continue doing your best in your chosen field even if you feel unappreciated at times. It’s all for your own good regardless.