I recently received a new assignment at work. It’s a promotion of sorts, and something I’ve wanted for a long time. Now that I’ve talked my way into getting the assignment, I’m ready to kick some butt to show that I’m worthy of it and that this work will have a huge effect on the bottom line of our business.
So how do you go above and beyond in your job? Whether it’s a new assignment, the validation of a current one, or a promotion that you’re after, going that extra mile never hurts. Here are some suggestions on how you can make an impression that lasts.
Present your ideas with confidence – If you have to deliver your spiel in the mirror a thousand times, do it. But when you’re ready to talk to the powers that be about the thing you feel very passionately about, you should act like you know what you’re doing and want to do it. Stammering, stuttering, and nervous laughter are not your friends.
Act, don’t talk – You can have a gazillion different ideas and throw them all out there, but unless you come up with a plan and put it into action, it’s nothing more than hot air. Of course, I’m not suggesting you go rogue and start making things happen without checking in with your manager. But don’t be the one that sits there in your manager’s office saying, “Someone should.” If it’s important to you, go out there and do it.
Anticipate needs – For every action there’s at least one equal and opposite reaction. Are you considering how your new plan is affecting others in other departments? When you consider that, try to look ahead at what kind of needs you’re going to create. When you fulfill those needs, you’ll really become the hero, because you’ve thought of everything and done something about it!
Accept all feedback and very visibly put new actions into place based on it – If your manager takes the time to give you feedback, you should make sure that the feedback is taken well, and new steps are put into action. If you disagree with what she’s telling you, present a thoughtful and well-founded case to her as to why you think she might be wrong. And keep emotion out of it!
Go out of your way to ensure success – In my new assignment, I really need to get out in the field and observe. Unfortunately, I don’t have a travel budget. So I did some math, made an agreement with myself that I was going to buy a few tanks of gas, and I’m going to do what I need to do. Any time you go out of your way, whether it’s in a customer service capacity, or just some additional hard work to ensure your project’s success, it’s just another way you’ll show yourself off as a dedicated employee.
Be the model employee – That means, no complaining, work hard, and be positive.
And most importantly, know your stuff – You are now the king/queen of data related to your project. You are the resident expert. If your manager has a question, you should have an answer or a list of options ready for her to review. Don’t hesitate for a moment, and make sure all the information is ALWAYS at your fingertips.
That’s how you go above and beyond. Put forth the extra effort to increase your company’s bottom line or make things a little better for your fellow team members, and you’re going to earn the right to make things happen.
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