- June 18, 2021
-- Lynn Bentley, President of Knobull announced, "The best way to predict the future is to create it. Getting started at the role of being a good employee is to always be on time and ready to go. Even if you work in a culture that runs behind schedule, it's always better to be on time, or even early, each day and to every meeting."
When a worker raises an issue, be sure to also propose a solution. Busy leaders often get bogged down by solving every problem their team faces. Do your boss a favor and find workarounds rather than just surface issues.
Before asking for help, consider the level of urgency and try solving the problem first—or at least brainstorm a plan of action to run by key players. Making the attempt first will demonstrate you know how to take initiative.
"Earn trust by keeping information about confidential or sensitive subjects to yourself. Beyond that, don't gossip or back-stab by being a stand-up employee, you'll earn trust and respect all around. Don't move too fast. Getting things done efficiently is important, but quality matters, too. Your work is a reflection on your co-workers, so you want to make sure they are proud of you and your product."
Harvard Business School Professor Alison Wood-Brooks said, "Individuals perceive those who seek advice as more competent than those who do not." Confidently sharing your views and expertise in conversations or at meetings allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and skills, and make an impression on your colleagues and superiors.
Being a strong communicator is much more than what you say. How you say it—both your body language and tone of voice—may matter more than the words themselves. You can look like a leader through confident body language, including posture, stance, handshake, eye contact, and a smile.
What else can you do to propel you career? If you want to sharpen your skills but don't have the time nor resources to go back to school full- or even part-time, consider taking an online course or shadowing a successful co-worker! Field leaders have shown there's a plethora of options that can benefit the employee and the employer.
Bentley concluded, "The good news is that the growing assortment of online courses, social and interactive platforms, and learning tools from both traditional institutions and upstarts…offers a solution."