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5 Ways to Be a Better Employee

If you are tired of getting looked over for promotions at work, then now is the time to do something about it. There are no success stories which start with “I sat on the sidelines until someone came up and gave me a promotion.” In order to win over your bosses, you will have to put in some hard work and revamp the way you look at things. For most people, it is hard to figure out what the first move should be when attempting to become a great employee. Well, pay attention slacker because you are about to get all the knowledge your little brain can handle regarding becoming both indispensable and the boss’s pet.

See also: How (and Why) to Focus on Getting Better Rather Than Settling for Being ’Good’ in a Job

1. Write a To-Do List!

One of the first things you need to become acclimated to is writing a list of all of your daily tasks. By having a clear path of what you need to get done and how to get there, it will be much easier to work at higher levels of productivity. Without this type of organization, you will be running around like a dog chasing its tail. Note: A dog chasing its tail is something a pet does, but not conducive to becoming a boss’s pet.

2. Oh, Your Busy Are You? So What! Get a Haircut and Get a Real Job

Among the most common things employees complain about is how busy they are. Some employees use how busy they are as a badge of honor, but it is anything but. By telling your co-workers and your bosses how busy you are, it gives them the idea you are not efficient and cannot manage time well. Instead of running around talking about how busy you are, let your work speak for itself. The last thing you want is to appear to be overwhelmed due to the apprehension it will create with the management when it comes to giving out more responsibility.

3. Can’t it Wait Until Tomorrow: The Procrastination Trap

Are you looking for a way to really grind the gears of your boss? Then start procrastinating about simple tasks you are assigned. A sure-fire way to avoid getting promoted is by looking like a procrastinating slacker when it comes to your work. Instead of putting it off, attack the work you have been given head on and look up at your boss like little Oliver Twist and say “Please Sir, I want some more.” This type of go-getterattitude will have you sitting in your boss’s lap being petted like a Persian cat in no time; metaphorically speaking of course.

4. Unlock the Doors of Promotion with Communication Keys

If you are trying to get on an upward trajectory in your workplace, then work on your communication. The body part right below your nose with all of the teeth is called a mouth; use it. Make a point of telling your supervisors what you need and any ideas you have on increasing the success of your company. The more vocal you are with the brass upstairs, the easier you will find it to play on their level.

5. Be Willing to Work

The simplest way to become a favorite of your bosses is by showing a willingness to work. This means when overtime is offered, you can scatter like cockroaches when the lights come on. You want to be the superhero around the office who is able to leap buildings and navigate your way around Microsoft Office with a single login.

See also: How to Get a Promotion at Work 

By adhering to these basic principles, it will be easier to get ahead in your chosen line of work. The time you put into implementing these practices will be more than worth it in the end. 

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