Employee interaction and rise

An employee wants to be seen as a competent, confident and valuable employee, rather than just an average and expendable one. When an employee goes to work, he may think what he can give or what he can get. Although both are relevant, it’s the former that helps an employee rise up the corporate ladder.

A little give and take is always applicable in a work environment both for the employer as well as an employee. Value and its perception are imperative to success in today’s competitive workplace. Employees must understand and demonstrate their value addition to the organization in order to achieve success on a long term basis. The organization should perceive the value of the employee as well

Many employees complain that the company doesn’t do enough for them. Although this could be true, but in order to be perceived as a valuable asset, the employee should instead think of what he is doing for the company and his contribution can give him what he wants.

A great employee is the one who exceeds his limits in work making positive and greater contribution. Coming to work on time doing tasks well, and causing no problems are hallmarks of good employees. However, great employees are able to do all that and much more.

Such employees work in accordance with the company’s vision. They are team players who can assume a leadership role, as and when required. Besides pursuing their own goals, they encourage and assist others in their efforts. And they do these things because they know it’s in their best interest and will propel them further along their career paths.

An employee must aim at being a ‘value added’ employee. Focus on developing strengths rather than cribbing about company weaknesses. By choosing perceptions and perspectives in positive manner, an employee can focus his energy where it matters on furthering his own career.

Rather than complaining, concentrate on solving problems. If an employee is a ‘fixer’, then he can become indispensable. Instead of finding faults all the time, show appreciation for the efforts of others. Instead of doing just the bare minimum required, the employee must give just a little more expected from him.

If one clearly communicates what is needed and wanted, he will save time and energy, which can benefit his firm. Anticipate problems before they surface. This way, an employee can be more in control of the situation. Make plans and complete assignments before their deadline. Working under pressure can result in mistakes and a poor outcome.

Be polite and gracious to everyone even if you don’t like them. If you have a reputation for getting along with everyone, you will be looked upon in a positive manner. Always promise what you can deliver. For example, if you complete an assignment a day early, or suggest three plausible alternatives to a senior instead of just one, the employee appears really efficient.

Network with professionals outside ones company and people will seek you whenever they need any additional information. This will boost the employee’s image.Know the latest happenings within your profession and your industry. An employee who can talk on the same level as the top managers will be perceived as valuable.

Volunteer to do extra work in the organization. If you have more skills than others, you will know more people who are willing to learn from you and you will be perceived as a promising employee and bosses are sure to notice you.

Never badmouth your company, whether within or outside the premises. Wherever you go, represent your company well to the best of your ability. Sooner or later, word will get back to employers about your loyalty and sincerity, and they will recognize and reward you. Even if they don’t at least your conscience is clear.

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