Getting Noticed in the Workplace: Ask Noah
NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Q: I have a reputation in my office as a hard worker. The problem is whenever a more prestigious position opens up, I'm passed over. I think a big problem is; I like to keep to myself and do my work. I just do what I do. Other employees seem to stick out more! How can I get noticed so more opportunities become available to me?
A: You have to create meaningful relationships with co-workers and bosses in order to get what want.
You cannot keep your head safely buried in your computer and ignore the human beings walking amongst you.
If you work hard yet stay invisible, your bosses may give you a positive job satisfaction report, which may prevent you from being fired, but this will not translate into more money or a promotion.
Your fellow employees need to see you as a positive presence in the office, they want to be inspired by you, your company won't promote a bench-warmer who is good at "doing what they do."
This is not a case of statistics or production. It is less quantifiable. In order to truly survive and conquer when navigating the work environment, you must sharpen your ability to engage with various personalities. You need to "rebrand" yourself in a subtle, yet defining way.
Here are the tips:
1. Speak Up!
Firstly, If you have solutions for existing work problems, do not be afraid to speak up and share them. Your shyness will work to your advantage here, your voice will be unexpected and thus will carry greater weight. Think of this as your announcement; your voice has finally arrived at the workplace.
Secondly, pick a specific upcoming office project or problem. Take time formulating an opinion or action plan regarding said project and then formulate a concise statement you would make in the meeting. Make this statement bold and unwavering.
This is your second announcement: A leader's voice has arrived at the workplace!
2. Acknowledge Others!
Publicly acknowledge your co-workers accomplishments. Who doesn't love being told they did a great job?
Your co-workers will be shocked, awed and appreciative.
More importantly, they will now see you as a supportive teammate rather then a productive lone wolf.
3. Be a Team Player!
Find a way to work collaboratively with a fellow employee on a project. Let the office know that you are a member of this team.
A person with strong teamwork capabilities, social awareness skills and relationship management tools will go far.