How to Succeed in Business: Making Friends and Standing Out at Work
The workplace can get really competitive. Once our newbie days are over, our eyes are going to be seeing exactly how the otherwise calm and chill office is truly a race to the top. Maybe you knew exactly how competitive it is and it's only now that you're feeling the pressure. Whatever the situation is, making it big at work entails being a team player. More than the work you accomplish on your own, how you relate and work with others is another integral contributor to your success at the office.
Whether your goal is to get promoted or get that additional bonus, how do you stand out from the crowd that is your coworkers?
The Race to the Top
If you want to stand out from the rest of the group, you need to play your cards right. We might all be doing different things, but there are some tried and tested strategies that will help us keep pace in an increasingly competitive race to the top. These include:
- Play your strengths. This may seem like a no-brainer, but it's surprising how many people forget to make full use of their personal and career strengths at work. This isn't Yu-Gi-Oh! where you keep your trump cards only when you need it the most. In the race to the top, your strategy to winning means focusing on your strengths. While it's great to be a jack-of-all-trades, you still need to be a master of something. Focus on your strengths and improve it even more so you end up with even better results at work.
- Always take the high road. There's going to be a handful of people who will question your skills and maybe even put you down. You're competition to them, so it happens. But instead of getting negatively affected by their criticisms, learn to stay a step ahead of them. If they doubt that you can do this kind of work, prove them otherwise. It's a great way to improve your skills, overcome your weaknesses, with the added bonus of sticking it to their face and showing them they were wrong about you when you finally make it.
- Learn to say no. You might think that this can negatively affect people's perception of you and how reliable you are, but remember: your bosses want someone who is capable and assertive.