Wonder why someone gets promoted and you don’t? Or why that guy has a spark that no one has. Why is it that two people who work in the same capacity almost differ starkly in their approaches and eventually their performances?
The key lies in understanding a few things about ourselves as humans and a few things that are must-haves for all employees. No matter what kind of person you are, you have to accept that in a company you work in a team. There’s no discounting the capacities of each team member. Given that all of us have our backgrounds to give credit to when it comes to learning and adapting. Yet, over a period of time we all have a human trait of adapting to circumstances. As a result, no excuse is valid enough to not try harder than what you already are.
Employees who are great performers at work, regardless of their personality types, have the following six traits. Have a look:
Get it straight in your head: Forget what your boss thinks of your task or what your subordinates expect out of you. Is the task, duty or position that you are assigned with, clear enough in your own head? This can be the difference between winning and losing. Most successful performers have two things very clear in their heads: their own goals for themselves and their company’s expectations from them.
Corporate attitude: Imagine visiting a government office to get a document done. What are the responses? I don’t know. It’s not my job. You wait for a week. You came at the wrong counter. Do you ever get the answers you want? No. Well, that’s why it’s a government job. Understand that this government-job attitude will not help you in a corporate job. If you are a person who gives excuses for not getting things done, you can never really get things done. A good employees will find out whatever it takes to explore alternatives when Plan A fails.
Value v/s effort: A good performer is aware of his own value for a certain work and if required would be willing to fight his rights. Don’t be a people-pleaser. Do the right thing and you will see things turning your way. Understand that if you are doing your job well, nobody can ever replace you or fire you. Follow the rules and make new when recognized. Be ready to show your work/presentation to whoever and whenever essential.
Networking: We don’t mean online social networking. We mean networking with real people at your workplace. A good employee has ‘contacts’ in nearly every department of his office. He does this through talking to people. It doesn’t mean you have to invite people of every department for dinner. It only means you use coffee breaks to know people and pass on a kind word or two.
Do your thing: Try not replicate or follow your successful colleague. Think of your own ways of solving a problem or tackling a situation. Know and explore newer ways of doing things more creatively. If you want to be different, you have to think differently from the rest of the crowd.