When you first enter the workforce, it can feel like an uphill battle. And in many ways, it is. But the further you get up that proverbial mountain, the easier the climb.
Especially in the early days, you need to work hard to prove your value to your boss. Here are a few reasons why you need to show your boss your worth every day.
Mentorship can advance your career
As long as you’re working in your chosen career, you’re going to want to make connections. Your boss may or may not be an influential person right now, but you never know what could happen. If you can learn everything he or she can teach you, you’ll be in a great position to advance your career.
If you can form a genuine relationship with this person, they may be able to advise you throughout your career – regardless of where you’re working. You never know when or if a relationship will pay off, so make a great impression and stay in touch with any bosses you have.
Getting noticed can get you promoted
If you’re doing something to impress your boss every day, you’re going to get noticed. Most employees aren’t as willing to go the extra mile. Even good employees have bad days. You will too, but if you can make sure you’re still providing value on your bad days, you’ll be just fine. And when you stand out for such great reasons, you’ll be on the fast track for a promotion.
Practicing integrity is great for your character
When you say you’re going to do something and actually do it, you’re showing great integrity. When you care about the quality of work you’re putting out to the world, you’re showing integrity. If you can be proud of the work you do every day, you’ll feel a lot more confident in what you do.
And this type of integrity can spill over to other areas of your life as well. Put your all into everything and your life will almost magically become easier.
How to show your boss your value every day
There will be some days when you find it easy to show your value. The opportunities will be obvious, and you’ll be ready and willing to jump at the chance to do your best.
And then there will be other days…
On your “off” days, you might wake up on the wrong side of the bed and not really feel much like going to work, never mind impressing anyone.
Either way, it’s important to show your value. Here are a few ideas for doing just that.
Focus on the work that increases revenue
It’s important to get every task done that’s assigned to you, but some are more important than others. Think about each task in terms of the revenue it generates for the company. Is there something extra you can do to deliver even more value?
Tasks like these are the ones that are likely to get attention from the company’s executive team.
1) Spend your time wisely
You can do things that add money to the company’s bottom line, but there’s one important thing to remember. Until you provide value, you’re nothing more than an expense to the company.
Oftentimes, people mistakenly think they deserve a paycheck for showing up to work. But that’s simply not true. You’re getting paid for a service, and if that service doesn’t provide enough value to make up for the expense, your paycheck becomes a liability. So, if you want to prove your value to your boss, the best way is by using every minute wisely. And by wisely, we mean by providing some service or value to the company.
2) Familiarize yourself with the organization
You will always be able to perform better with a complete understanding of how your job impacts the company. Why does your position exist and how does it support others in the company? Every job has a purpose, even if it’s not completely clear up front.
For example, a janitor provides an important value to the company by keeping the floors clean and clear. A CEO who has piles of trash in their office probably won’t feel the clarity needed to make the best decisions. And if someone slips on a spill on the way to an important meeting, it’s going to have an impact on the entire organization.
Your role is an important one. And once you understand why you’re there and who you support, you may find it easier to go the extra mile.
3) Become a good salesperson
Whether you’re in sales or not, selling is an important skill to have. You’ll likely find yourself in a position where you need to sell (i.e. pitch) your ideas. And in every case, you’ll be in the business of selling yourself and your skills.
This comes in handy during meetings and evaluations. If two people are up for the same promotion, the one who can sell themselves is going to get it. After all, what’s the good of delivering value if no one sees what you’re doing.
4) Don’t change for change’s sake
Many people make the major mistake of getting into a new position and shaking things up in an effort to make a name for themselves. And while this sometimes works out, it’s never a good idea to make changes without fully thinking them through. You’ll want to know that your changes will bring positivity instead of an influx of disastrous conditions.
If you’re thinking about making changes, first think things through yourself and then talk to the people your changes will impact. You can make a great impression with the right changes, but the wrong ones could have the opposite effect on your career.
5) Make your boss look good
When you go above your outlined duties, not only will you look good, but so will your boss. This is actually a good thing. If your boss gets promoted, who do you think he’d like to have along with him? The person who was always there making him look good.
Don’t feel threatened if your boss gets recognition for something you’ve done. If he’s the type to always take credit for your work, you may want to find another job. Otherwise, just roll with it. Your career will only benefit when your boss looks good.
6) Remember to work well as a team
Don’t get so caught up in showing your own value that you forget how to build other people up. If you’re up for any sort of leadership position, the higher ups will want to know that you can work well with others.
If you’re in a position where you have people reporting to you, consider taking on a mentee yourself. It’s all about giving back. Just as you’ve had people help you climb the corporate ladder, you should do the same for others.
In any healthy office environment, the bosses like to see a constant flow of learning and growth in the employees. If you can contribute to someone else’s growth, you’ll instantly become more valuable to the organization. Maybe you can teach someone a new skill or reinforce healthy workplace tips to a team that seems to be struggling. Find a way to make a difference for someone else, and you’ll prove your own worth at the same time.
Everyone wants to feel appreciated at work, and the best way to ensure you’re appreciated is to prove your value to your boss. It’s always best if the person who appreciates you is also the person who signs your paycheck. Follow the tips outlined here and you’ll be on your way to a raise and/or promotion in no time.