Some of the best advice I have received as it relates to my career was “You have to be the type of employee that everyone likes to work with and is known for accomplishing measurable positive results”. No one wants to work with someone who has a bad attitude. I have worked with many people who were good at their job, but the way they went about getting their jobs done was not effective. Some had the attitude that they would do things the way they wanted to as opposed to following the companies directives. These type of people never experienced upward mobility even though they were good at their jobs. I have been in meetings where employees were discussed during performance reviews and the one thing that kept them from getting a great performance review or being considered for higher positions was their attitude. Here are a few tips that can help you to be considered for higher positions.
“You have to be the type of employee that everyone likes to work with and is known for accomplishing measurable positive results”.
1. It’s not your company and you don’t get to make the rules
I know sometimes companies can make decisions that you may not agree with, but remember it’s their company. Pick your battles wisely, if a new directive affects your values and puts you in a compromising position, then without a doubt let your voice be heard (professionally). If you just can’t stomach the place you will probably spend most of your time at, it may be time to leave for a new job that fits your career goals and is aligned with your values.
2. Be A Part of The Change you Want To See
Join various committees related to areas you are passionate about. This will allow you to work with people from all different areas of the organization. If you are good at what you do, people will start to recognize your ability, and it helps to get noticed by others outside of your department as well. It’s always a good idea to work with various departments to build comradery with employees. When opportunity comes for advancement you will have your direct supervisor fighting for you as well as people from other departments. Working on committees also shows that you are willing to go above and beyond your normal job duties and take on leadership responsibilities. When there isn’t an opportunity for you to gain supervisory experience, you can join and even lead committees to gain experience.
3. Stop Complaining
We all have worked with someone who complains every time you see them. I try to avoid people like this because it’s draining. Even if I have the same complaints I don’t feel the need to complain about it to others. More than likely I am either working on a plan to find another job that is a better fit for me, or being a part of the change I want to see as I discussed earlier. No matter how much you love your job there will always be something that you don’t like about your job or something you would prefer not to do. If you become the complainer at your office, you will definitely have a very slim chance of advancing in the organization.
“No matter how much you love your job there will always be something that you don’t like about your job or something you would prefer not to do”.
4. Start Your Own Business
Some people are just not made to work for others. Save yourself the anxiety and angst of going to a place every day that you know you will never love. If you are a natural entrepreneur no matter how much you like your job, you will never be satisfied with the idea of retiring from another company. There will always be a urging within to start your own business, or a vision and plan you have a desire to achieve. Just because you may not be satisfied with your job or any job that you have held thus far, does not mean that you should start your own business. As an entrepreneur myself, I see many people who take a crack at starting their own business because they think it’s the thing to do. With the increase of online businesses, it’s not that hard to do either. Some even think it’s easy and you will have more time if you start a business, when in reality it’s the exact opposite. Be sure you have what it takes and have a natural inclining to starting a business. Some people may be best served working for an organization and advancing through the ranks. If you feel like it’s what you have been called to do, take the leap and get started on your own business.
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