Wondering how to make an impression at work? It might seem like an easy answer, but, in reality, it’s a hell of a lot harder than one might think. That’s because some think that simply saying “I’m busy” all the time shows they’re working hard and dedicated to a company. Some people find success by brown-nosing their way to the top, becoming “yes” people by agreeing with everything his or her boss says. What the hell kind of fun is that? Other people find that, in order to make an impression, it requires staying true to oneself, maintaining a good balance and, at times, challenging a manager.
Whatever ways people find to make an impression at work, one thing is for damn sure: the people who call the shots wants employees who will take initiative. That means doing work without being told to do it. It means going above and beyond what the job description is. It means being passionate about the company. Finally, it means being a little bit uncomfortable at times to find a solution to a problem.
For those wondering how to make an impression, there are a few small opportunities that might add more work to your plate, but could go a long way in helping you in your career path. Volunteering for multiple projects, creating a company policy guide, developing a “green office” initiative; these are all easy projects one can overtake that don’t require much time or experience. What they do require? Yep, taking initiative.
To help get noticed sooner and show that you’ve got the company’s best interest in mind, take a look at some opportunities below that will surely impress your boss — especially if at a small company where there’s more of a chance to get promoted faster.
Make An Impression By Volunteering For A Project
When management looks to promote someone to take over a department or fill a new role at the company, they typically look for something more than just knowledge of a particular function; such as IT or HR or marketing. Instead, they often gravitate towards people who show leadership and management skills, regardless of what it might have come in.
Think about it for a second; if you volunteer outside of work with a business group that has you leading a team of three-to-five people, that shows you know how to handle various personalities, while also showing you’ve got the chops to be a leader. That’s a big bonus in the eyes of a manager.
When working at a small company, there may be a few opportunities to show-off your management and leadership skills because departments are often small, with one strong manager or director. If your position doesn’t give you the chance to demonstrate that you’re management material, volunteering to take on a project will help you get noticed.
Create A Company Policy Guide
Be honest, if you’ve ever worked at a small businesses, there’s a good chance there’s no company policy guide in place. That means things are often just resolved on the fly, which can cause inconsistency and confusion among the entire company. It’s important as hell for every business to have some sort of guidelines, yet, for some reason, many just refuse to put something together.
That’s where you can come in and change that, helping you make an impression on the higher-ups by drafting some suggestions for a policy guide. All it takes is finding a template, doing a little Internet research to see what should be included and, boom, just like that the small company you’re at has some rules in place to protect itself from potential headaches down the road.
Even if your job title is Marketing Coordinator and has nothing to do with HR, creating a company policy guide shows leadership and project management experience — which are traits that are sure to make an impression when being considered for a promotion.
Pitch The Idea Of A Green Office Initiative
Another way to make an impression is to help develop a “green office” program at your workplace. Sure, this may mean starting with a simple recycling plan, but, who knows, it could become something that becomes something even bigger.
For example, switching to energy efficient bulbs, using smart power strips, decreasing paper use and creating a ride-sharing or company public transportation program can help an entire company go green. You might even look into using recycled materials for your products or packaging. All of these things help grow company resolve, can save money and allows the business to brag about doing well for the environment, all because of your idea to push an idea across the desk of your manager.
What If You Don’t Get That Promotion?
Unfortunately, just because you know how to make an impression and have gone through some of the ideas above, doesn’t mean that your efforts will always be rewarded with a promotion. Don’t sweat it, though, because, even if it doesn’t lead to a boost in salary or job title, the fact that you took initiative will go a long way in proving to your boss that you have leadership qualities and the wisdom on how to be successful in your career. Plus, by tackling those projects to help the business function more smoothly, you’ll gain invaluable management experience that can help down the road. All it takes is an idea, some passion, some research and a drive to go above and beyond what your company is asking of you.