Posted by Brian McCullough
Feel like you aren’t appreciated at your job? Or that others don’t listen to or respect you? Are you overlooked for promotions and other opportunities?
You may think the only solution is to find other work, but that’s not necessarily true. And with today’s high unemployment rate, a new job could prove elusive.
So, before you start sending out your resume, think carefully about why you are dissatisfied with your current position. Assess yourself honestly, and determine if you’re doing everything you can to make the most of your job.
If you’re not, the same problems may follow you to a new position. Rather than search for the answers in a new job, make your current job the best it can be. You may even advance your career in the process.
When you focus on what you do, rather than what others do, you can change your life for the better.
The following tips will help you get noticed at work, for all the right reasons.
Make the most of your time at work
Your attitude can help you feel respected and appreciated at work. Concentrate on the positive, and enjoy your job. Even those who are unhappy in their jobs can findsomething good on which to focus. Maybe it’s just the background music, or the ability to be out in the fresh air. There’s something good in everything we do.
Maintain an upbeat attitude with your co-workers – smile and say hello to those you meet. Positive interactions with others can change one’s mood. After all, a big part of your life is spent at work, so those relationships are important.
Keep an open mind when problems arise. The way you see things and react to them will affect what happens next. So make every effort to be positive in every situation.
Remember: when “woe is me,” more woe will come!
Take pride in your work
When you feel respected and appreciated for your good work, you will feel better and will perform more confidently and professionally.
Don’t rush through your work to get it done; become known as a person who can be relied upon to do a particular job well, while also meeting deadlines.
Stop and appreciate every accomplishment yourself – no matter how small. Our days are made up of many, many accomplishments, yet we move so quickly we don’t always reflect on what we’ve done. Don’t wait for others to give you compliments. Keep a “celebration journal” to help remind you of the many good things that happen, and read it when you need a pick-me-up.
Cherish the moments that make life special. Take the time to stop and think: what is it about today that I am grateful for?
Show your respect for others all the time
Ask yourself these questions, and make changes where needed:
• Do I treat others in a way that is sensitive to their feelings?
• Am I consistently fair in my interactions with others?
• Do I speak negatively or complain about others?
• Do I appreciate and honor differences?
Know that you have the ability to make a positive difference in your own life, as well as in the lives of others.
Recognize that everyone is different, but we all have something in common. When you meet someone new, look forward to learning more about him or her.
Introduce yourself to people you don’t know, making sure to say their name and make eye contact. Work hard to remember names and say hello when you see people again.
Make sure to thank someone who does something special for you. In fact, go out of your way to thank people publicly when possible, even if it’s just an e-mail with a copy to their supervisor.
Make it a goal to make someone else feel good each day.
Act like a professional … be a professional
People notice both big and little things about us – the words we use, our tone of voice, the way we dress, the way we present ourselves to others – and they respond accordingly.
For example, if you are angry about something that happened at work and you march into your supervisor’s office, slam the door and yell about your problem, you probably won’t get the best response. On the other hand, if you walk in and politely say you have a concern you’d like to discuss, your supervisor will be more likely to listen.
Speak to others in a calm and courteous manner, even when they do not give you the same courtesy. Be a role model – a positive force to influence others.
Respectful and professional behavior will help you get noticed for the right reasons.
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