All bosses enjoy having people on their team who contribute to the bottom line. If you notice your team members or even your boss struggling with something that might come easy to you, gently offer your assistance. As you go about the business of doing your job, periodically observe the system. If you notice weakness or opportunities for improvement make a note and get to work at finding a solution! After you find what you think is the answer, test it out. For example, in my job one of my observations was that our customers weren’t using our online system because it was down right confusing! As I worked through my tasks each week, I set aside time to “test/tweak” the system. I found ways to make our system/site more user-friendly and appealing. I eventually showed it to my boss (in beta), provided the team with instruction on how the improvements worked, and explained why those changes were beneficial. My boss agreed and we updated the site which in turn gets much more traffic. The moral of the story is, find solutions, work out the kinks first and show your boss the benefits! This should minimally give you a positive rating during performance review time!
PASSION (well, that IS what this BLOG is all about!!)
While helping to solve problems might yield high ratings, it won’t give you a winning personality! Passion will take you even further in the quest for career/professional success. Passion for what you do will make tough tasks and long days easier to bear. It will also keep you going as you deal with the sometimes mundane activities we all get bogged down with, like e-mail, reports and staff/team meetings! Passion and excitement are contagious, you might even make work more enjoyable for the people around you. if you aren’t in a job that you are passionate about (CALL ME-I can help you), focus on things you enjoy about your work. More importantly, be a pleasure to work with and/or for. When the people you work for, the clients/customers you serve always speak highly of you—->you are WINNING (A little Charlie Sheen humor)!
Lastly, I think that innovation is the cornerstone of business. It keeps the economy, industries and business moving forward! What does that mean for you-well simply stated, BE INNOVATIVE! More specifically, innovation is a quality that can manifest in many forms and in many lines of work. What I am suggesting is that you think critically AND creatively! Many employers report those two things as characteristics they seek in candidates across all industries. A few simple ways to do this are to stay “fresh” and current, especially in technology. Overall, find creative ways to make work easier, efficient, effective and fun for you, your team and your boss.