High-quality work is the ticket to building your reputation
When you are new to the job or just beginning a new career field, you will want to start out on the right foot. Making a good impression and being seen as a valuable employee are important to your success. Your career will be more gratifying if you gain the respect of your supervisor and other co-workers.
How do you go about gaining respect? How do you make a good impression on your co-workers? The first thing to know is that making a good impression does not mean “kissing up” to your boss. This kind of behavior is insincere and won’t impress anyone. Instead, the best way to make a name for yourself is to add value to the organization through high-quality work. How do you add value? Here are some tips:
1. Pay attention
If you are new to your job, you should be on high alert at all times. You need to pay attention to what you are learning and listen carefully to any instructions or training you receive.
2. Ask intelligent questions
When getting trained or trying something for the first time, be sure to ask questions if there is anything you don’t understand. Better to understand it and do it right the first time than to make mistakes.
3. Be a few minutes early
Arriving late to work is a surefire way to be seen as lazy or uncommitted to your job. Set your schedule so that you arrive to work at least 5-10 minutes early.
4. Be proactive
Have you ever heard someone say “be proactive,” but not know what it means? Proactive is the opposite of reactive. Being proactive means anticipating what is needed and handling your work in a way that avoids problems. (Reactive means responding to a problem once it’s already happened.) Even if you are proactive, there are certain problems that may not be avoided, but by taking a thoughtful and proactive approach, you can help avoid delays and mistakes.
5. Don’t complain
Every job will have its frustrating moments, but don’t slip into a pattern of complaining. Nobody likes a complainer. Instead of complaining, look for ways to improve the difficult parts of your job. Suggesting improvements is a great way to bring extra value to your employer.
6. Be helpful
If you work as a member of a team, there will probably be times when you have to help someone else with their job responsibility, even if you have already finished all your work for the day. This is part of being a team member. Being helpful to others and wanting to contribute to the overall success of the organization are two qualities that will get you noticed.
We hope these tips have helped you see how you can be a valued employee. Your efforts to work hard, contribute to your team’s goals, and take a proactive approach are all qualities that will be appreciated by your supervisor. Following these tips will help you go the extra mile and make a positive impression on those around you. It will be worth the effort!
The Harris Casel Institute in Melbourne, FL is a career-focused training school where you can become a Home Health Aide, Nursing Assistant, or Medical Billing and Coding Specialist, among other options. Contact us online to see how you can start your new career field today!