By: Josefina Romano, DPS Marketing Coordinator & Blogger
At every company there is at least one over-achieving employee. Someone that is admired by their co-workers and trusted by their superiors. We often wonder to ourselves, why does this person seem to be more successful than me if we work the same hours and have the same job. The truth is that these over-achieving employees aren’t necessarily smarter than the rest, or harder workers or even more ambitious. They have built habits that have changed the way they work. Here are 5 habits to get you started on your path to being a successful employee:
Always be Eager to Learn and Solve Problems
The most successful people are passionately curious, always asking questions, attending informational seminars, and constantly working to improve upon their skills and learn something new. Even if it means taking a few minutes out of your day, make an effort to learn how other departments in your company operate or how that newly implemented software will make everyone’s life easier. The more your teammates can rely on you for support the more valuable you become.
Look for Leadership Opportunities
A good proactive employee doesn’t shy away from leadership opportunities. They enjoy having to think like managers and making decisions when given the authority. One of the life lessons Yahoo CEO and Google’s first female engineer Marissa Mayer famously shares is to “Always do something you’re not ready to do. That's how you grow. When there's that moment of 'Wow, I'm not really sure I can do this,' and you push through those moments, that's when you have a breakthrough.” So even if there is a leadership opportunity that you are not quite sure how to do, give it your best! It can be that unexpected push forward that you need.
Be Professional at All Times
No matter the situation, always remain professional. Ensure that people can rely on you to get the job done and deliver what you promise. Being known as the person who constantly misses deadlines, cancels meetings at the last minute or has a sloppy work ethic is not something you want. Be on time, be presentable and always show your best behavior.
Listen to Feedback
Criticism can be hard to take in sometimes, we don’t want to hear what we are doing wrong. We rather simply be praised and appreciated for what we are doing right. However, feedback is inevitable whether we like it or not, and it is better to take it in and use it as a tool to improve ourselves without taking it personally. Next time someone comments on your work practices keep an open mind and take time to process it. Do your best to improve what you can and become a better professional for you and your teammates.
Have a Positive and Proactive Attitude
No one has infinite good days where everything is perfect and everything goes according to plan. There will be work days where nothing seems to be going your way. Successful employees know how to manage stress gracefully. Have a go-to plan on how to best handle situations that seem overwhelming whether it be stepping away for a minute or listening to a calming song to help you reload.