"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra"
We all want that fantastic feeling of pride, and satisfaction of a job well done. Whether or not you have a clear career plan mapped out, being recognised for our efforts at work feels great, and can lead to opportunities that we hadn't even considered. Here are some top tips to keep in mind when striving to impress the boss.
Look the part
Presentation is key. Taking pride in your appearance at work creates the impression that you care about what you do, and about how you represent the company. It's also fantastic for boosting confidence... looking the part means that you walk taller, approach tasks with more energy and communicate your ideas in an assertive way.
Great presentation isn't just limited to clothes and personal grooming. Think about your desk or workspace - is it clear and organised, or cluttered and messy? No matter how small your space, take time at the start and end of your shift to tidy up. Organise your work tools and resources to make sure you have everything you need to work at your maximum potential.
Know your stuff
Put yourself in your boss's shoes. Think about what his or her objectives are, and how they tie in to the aims of the company as a whole. Do some research - if your company has a website, look up the core values or mission statement. If you work for a small or independent organisation, strike up a conversation with your manager about what they want for the business or branch. Keeping this in mind while approaching your work will help you to make decisions that benefit you, the rest of your team and the company as a whole.
Volunteering for extra projects and responsibilities at work is a great way to showcase the knowledge and skills you have developed. Don't wait to be asked - if you can see a job that needs to be done, do it, or present your boss with an idea or solution to a problem. Everyone loves a problem solver!
Proving that you are a team player by agreeing to cover colleagues' shifts where possible, or showing new members of the team the ropes is another great way to impress the boss. It also helps to build excellent relationships with your workmates, making your workplace a happier and more productive place to be.