More than ever before, in these times when the supply of labour exceeds demand, it is important to ensure that your work exceed your boss’ expectations. This means doing beyond your best and sometimes doing more than is outlined in your job description. Ensuring your work always stands out is a sure way to show your value, give you some form of job security and also help reach your career goals faster.
Here are some ways you can make your work stand out and exceed expectations:
- Know what’s expected of you
In order for you to stand out, you need to first know and understand what is required of you. Ask your team lead the right questions so you are both on the same page on what they expect and then go a step further to deliver results that exceed the quality of what they are expecting.
- Communicate constantly
Communicating with your team lead and team members is a must. Communicate deadlines, updates, and ideas with them. This gives your bosses more confidence in your work and helps differentiate you as a professional. Always be straight forward and specific when communicating. Choose your words carefully to portray the tone and message you are trying to pass along.
- Think outside the box
Think of ideas that can benefit your customers and the company in the long run. Interact with people outside your field/department, your target customers, etc. so you can have an idea of the kind of solutions that can make a difference. Once you’ve tested and practiced your pitch, present your ideas to your team lead or boss.
- Quality over speed
As much as it’s important to deliver in a timely manner, don’t compromise the quality of your work because you are trying to beat a certain deadline. Your boss would find it easier to forgive you for turning in a late but great project than turning in an early but whack project which might make the company lose money.
- Beat deadlines
Your work would be better appreciated and would stand out if you make it a habit to turn in projects at their due dates or earlier. A trick to achieving this is to give a delivery date that is later than your actual expected date of completion.
- Be self-motivated
For your work to stand out, you have to be able to motivate yourself without waiting for others to do that for you. If you are self-motivated, you will be able to set goals, achieve them, beat your deadlines and deliver your best work.
- Be up to date
Technology is constantly evolving so it’s important to keep up with the trends. It would be easier for your work to stand out if you are abreast with, for example, the latest version of a software your company uses. Being up to date also includes beefing up your professional skills.
- Ask questions
It’s important to know when to ask questions, and when you do, make them intelligent and thoughtful ones. Listen to and implement feedback too.
- Be flexible
Your boss should be able to confidently request for a change to be made on a project you are working on without prior notice and be sure that you would deliver. For your work to stand out, you have to be able to accommodate such unplanned occurrences.
- Do your best and then some more
Always strive to do your best if you want your work to stand out. Do extensive research before going for meetings or starting the next project. Ask the right people the right questions and at the right time. Be prepared before going for a presentation. Each day, ask yourself, “How my work can have an impact on this organisation?” If you can find the right answers, you’ll be well on your way to differentiating yourself as a stellar employee.
What are some ways you’ve been able to stand out at work? Leave a comment!