Stuck in a rut at work? Try these ‘get noticed’ tips
We all have our good days and bad days at work, whether you’re a butcher, baker or a business systems software analyst.
But what if you find yourself having more bad days than good days? Anyone can fall into a bit of a rut at work, even if they enjoy their job overall. It could be the result of repetitive work, a lack of progression opportunities, or simply a case of boredom.
Whatever the reason, the only person who can get you out of this rut is YOU. And you can start digging yourself out by making more of an impact in your job.
Don’t believe us? Think about it; at the very least you’ll add variety and something new to your working day, and at best you might just get promoted. In any case, try these ‘get noticed’ tips and start enjoying more good days again.
Get out of your comfort zone
It can be easy to fall into the habit of getting into work in the morning, doing your tasks for the day, and then going home as soon as the clock hits 5pm. But that’s a sure-fire way to slip under the radar and miss out on opportunities.
Instead, why not try and challenge yourself? Whether it’s volunteering to be part of a new project, asking for extra responsibilities or simply taking on more work, stepping out of your comfort zone will force you to broaden your work horizons.
You’ll also, inevitably, make more of a ‘noise’ at work and start getting noticed for the right reasons. Everyone likes someone with a can-do attitude, and you’ll start reaping the rewards in no time.
Of course, not everyone can be the extroverted, opinionated person when it comes to the workplace. But even if you’re generally the quiet one when it comes to meetings or team discussions, it’s important to get your voice heard.
Your opinion is no less important than anyone else’s, so make sure you get your point across – don’t wait for someone to ask you. If you’re struggling to get your voice heard in a meeting, consider writing a follow-up email to attendees outlining your thoughts, or speak to the relevant people one-to-one.
“I work well both individually and as part of a team” has to be one of the most clichéd job application phrases out there, but that doesn’t mean employers don’t value a good team player! A good way to make a positive impact is by demonstrating your willingness to help out.
If someone is having a problem, ask if there’s anything you can do to help, and if a colleague is looking a little snowed-under, offer to take on some of the work if you can. Not only will this demonstrate your positive attitude, but you’ll earn major brownie points with your workmates!
We’ve talked already about stepping out of your comfort zone, but getting noticed doesn’t just mean work-wise. If there’s a company sports team, take the plunge and sign up! Or if sports aren’t your thing, find out if there’s a book club or theatre group to join.
These are a great way to get to know your colleagues or superiors on a more personal level and get some serious networking done. No clubs or teams of any kind to join at your company? Start one!
Getting to know people outside of the work environment is the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your ‘soft skills’ and make some new friends in the process. And if you don’t have the time to make that kind of commitment, at least make an effort to go along to Friday drinks once in a while – you’ll find yourself making an impression on people in no time.