What boss doesn’t want a perfect employee? You might be saying to yourself that you can never achieve perfection. Well, you’re wrong you can and you will by the end of this piece. Achieving the perfect employee status is not an overnight affair. It’s a combination of small things over a period of time. You need to remember that the main reason your employer hired you in the first place is to make things easier for them, solve their problems. If they could do it by themselves, you wouldn’t be there.
Think of it as a business and you as an asset, if you are an asset that’s not making any profit and still racking up maintenance costs, would you keep you around? So if he’s paying you and you’re not contributing anything then you are more of a liability than an asset, call it an extra expense. You do not want to be replaceable. So to help you out with that, here are a few tips on how to direct the spotlight in your directions.
- Go the extra mile.
This might mean doing extra work, coming in an hour earlier or putting in an extra hour after work and the likes. It doesn’t mean that you have to do this every day, it could be a few days a week or when there’s some really heavy workload. And coming in doesn’t translate to you coming in earlier or staying later but getting nothing done, just sitting there surfing the web and doing your own things. That will only serve to waste your time and energy, and by extension the company’s.
Going the extra mile might also be you being proactive, take initiative. When you think of an idea that might solve a problem or improve an area at work, do some research and present it to the boss. This is unsolicited advice so you need to prepare well and be informed so that you don’t waste the boss’ time. It might not be the best at times but if it’s good and your employer sees your point he/she might just take you up on it. You might even get to steer the project since it was your idea.
- Take one for the team.
Sometimes at work we need to get our hands dirty, for the lack of a better word. There are those tasks outside our daily routines that need someone to handle and which nobody wants to do. You could be a sport once in a while and offer to do it instead of having the usual, I did it last time, it’s your turn, conversation with the team. Believe me it’s noticed, the boss might not say anything but they will have taken note. It could be that on a certain holiday/weekend there is something that needs to be done so they need someone to come to the office for a few hours. Grab the chance.
- Be presentable
Looks speak volumes, you might not say a word but how you dress says a lot about yourself. It might say you are meticulous and pay attention to detail, or that you don’t care. Keeping up with fashion or simply looking sharp might suggest you are well informed and pay attention to detail. It gives the impression that you are well up to date with the industry trends. Now, don’t get me wrong this doesn’t mean you go all out and spend on designer clothes, but if you can afford it hey, just ensure you keep it professional and presentable. It might be a subtle indicator but it’s an important one.
- The crowd is not always right
Sometimes being the ugly duckling is actually a good thing. So the team has formed a bad habit that has been inculcated in the company’s culture, it doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowd. Learn to stand your ground. If you feel like it’s not right then you don’t have to go along with it. The boss will appreciate your self-will.
- Establish your expertise.
Find one thing that you are good at and work on that. You know that one thing that when people want to get done there’s no question about who will do it? No one even has to say it, it’s just a known fact. In as much as multi-talented people are praised the old saying as cliché as it is it’s still true, the one that talks about being a jack of all trades but a master of none. Granted a few have been able to master and do excel in various fields but if you can’t hack it, don’t force it.
- Be flexible
Above I mentioned picking a field and being good at it, don’t mistake the point to mean that you have to be rigid. Once in a while you might need to step out of your comfort zone/job description and do something else. Go at it with an open mind, you might find that you like, and are actually good at the new task.
Here’s where I explain how you become perfect. Now when I said perfect employee I didn’t mean it in the sense that you do not error, but I mean in the sense that you are so good that even when you error those mistakes are easily overlooked, hence the perfection. In your effort to achieve the above you will have magnified your bright spots and thrown shade on your weak ones. Try it.