For the success driven and career hungry among us, it’s easy to get excited about a new role. The new swanky office, a new razor sharp outfit and an eco-friendly ‘keep cup’ for coffee at the best bean joint along the road.
It can, however, be just as easy to become complacent or frustrated within an existing role.
I have always had a mentor, whether it be within the organization I’m in, or someone ‘on the outside’. My mentors have often been someone in a position far higher up the ladder that myself, but not always.
So I’m not afraid to admit it anymore, hell I’ll just come right out and say it;
I have well and truly put my foot in it on more than one occasion throughout my working career.
One of the amazing things about identifying and looking up to your mentors is that they can often be there to tap you on the shoulder or give you the death stare when you enter into a particular danger zone. You may even be heading in all the wrong directions with full enthusiasm at a high speed… Your mentor may just provide that ‘telling’ facial expression to guide you back on to the right track.
It’s been through making errors, working within different organizations and being lucky enough to have incredible mentors, that I have learned the importance of listening to feedback and recognizing friendly guidance.
Building a credible reputation can be the catalyst to promotion later on;
or, help you in situations where you want to implement changes. In the early stages, we are naturally so eager to make a good impression, it’s much harder to keep up those appearances later on down the track. However, for those with the willing and determination, it is what will ensure you stand out from the majority.
Here are the 5 essential ways to build your own credible reputation at work:
Help your colleagues, especially new starters (but don’t be over the top about it)
No one likes a suck up. When you help your colleagues, the word gets back to the right people, without you needing to make it known to them that you were being helpful. The PR will happen automatically.
Continuously ask for further training and development
There’s nothing more refreshing than an employee willing and enthusiastic about learning new skills and adding to their repertoire. Done in the right way, a manager will look favorably upon the ones who are happy to learn and grow with the business.
Provide constructive feedback on improvements, avoid complaining or negative chatter
When good ideas and positive changes are suggested in the correct manner, more often than not they are welcomed with open arms. Complaints and negative chat, however, never go down well. Bring useful suggestions forward correctly and be noticed for constructive helpful feedback
Offer to assist your line manager with tasks (complaints or issues)
When staff put their hand up to help with difficult situations, wow, what a breath of fresh air. You go down for a hundred brownie points and show great initiative. It’s worth offering your assistance to your line manager as well.
Put in some extra time here and there, especially when it’s particularly busy
I’m not a great believer in working all the hours you possibly can to burn yourself out and become counterproductive. However, it doesn’t hurt to come in a little early and leave a little late when it really counts. To get organized and get ahead of the game. There’s a balance to be found, but the initiative doesn’t go unnoticed.