Sam Fletcher works in this business along with my husband and I. Most of the work he does is behind the scenes. Researching topics for our different customers, finding quotes and photos to post for Facebook and Google +. He often builds the basic framework for Websites, or gets the unenviable task of transferring over data from an old site to the new one. Glamorous stuff like that. What he doesn’t like to share with anyone is that besides having great verbal skills, he is also an excellent writer. Sam is also taking Voice Over Acting Classes at Prodigy Talent Training in Rockledge.
We think that training is going to be put to good use here at Social Cindy… until then, enjoy Sam’s Blog post today..
“Managers are prone to brag about their best employees and if you are the best employee they are bragging about, well, that is something to be proud of!
Now, maybe those types of accolades matter to you, or perhaps they don’t. Matter or no, one thing is for sure; everyone should be focused on building a reputation as someone who goes above and beyond. That kind of reputation in your business builds natural clout and boosts so many aspects of your personal life, your business life and your relationships. So today, I’m going to share with you seven ways you can achieve the status of best employee.
Number 1: Be aware. It pays to pay attention, especially at work. The more you pay attention, the more you will naturally pick up on. Every interaction in a company can be crucial even if it seems mundane. Most times, if you have indeed been paying attention to things, when someone hits a stumbling block, you won’t have to do much more than listen to thei concerns and offer a helpful suggestion to get them back on track or out of a rut. You’d be surprised how often I use this in my own life and it works like a dream.
Number 2: Be humble. When you achieve something, you want to scream and shout and dance saying “I did it me, me, me” and that’s perfectly acceptable, if you are the only one involved. A team effort however is just that: a team effort. Remember to spread the love around when you and your team succeed. The more you do, the more that love will come back to you. You never know when you might need it or when it might come in handy.
Number 3: Be positive. If you’ve ever come into work and one of your co-workers is having a bad day, you can almost immediately pick up on it. Working with someone who is in a bad mood can affect how you and your fellow co-workers handle tasks and customers throughout the day, so keep yourself smiling. Entering into a task with a positive mindset can make a world of difference in multiple facets of your work life.
Number 4: Be social. Social butterflies will find this one easy as pie since we love being social naturally. If you’re not socially inclined naturally, don’t worry about it. You can have a brief conversation and make it meaningful; take it one step at a time, one sentence at a time and you might find yourself getting comfortable or even enjoying yourself. One tip that I will give to those who have trouble starting a conversation, stay out of your head and make yourself at home in your heart; If you feel good about the conversation and ask forgiveness instead of permission (i.e apologizing if you misspeak rather than holding back your words) you will be having brilliant conversations without a second thought.
Number 5: Be mindful. Your body language says a ton about you and you should be aware of what your body language says about you. Confidence is universally accepted for selling yourself and your product so remember to carry yourself confidently. If you don’t know how to carry yourself confidently, just think of a couple of good instances where you’ve seen someone who was confident and emulate them.
Number 6: Be courteous. A work station can be a home away from home for some of us and we like to keep it a certain way. When you are using someone’s station, keep this in mind as you work your way around your office and their offices as well. People appreciate when you leave their space better when you got there so take away any trash (yours or theirs) and make sure everything is back where it belongs.
Number 7: Be better. Boost others as well as yourself. Praising others on their achievements can lead to praise from your co-workers about you and that can lead to promotions, recognition and respect from not only those you work with but those you work under. It also feels good to know that these guys have your back and that they know you have theirs.
Everything I have written here is something I’ve incorporated into my own work habits. I am still finding my legs, professionally, but I know there is value in being a pleasant person to have around, to doing more than is asked and being someone who keeps his word.