Probably in the fact that you come to work every day you do not see anything special.However, Jon Acuff, author of the book “Over”, says that such small, often invisible things should be recognized because they greatly contribute to your success.
“Most people look at the word ‘skills’ too narrowly, limiting themselves only to a degree, or knowledge that can put them in a resume,” says Acuff. “But the skills are much more than that. Your boss expects you to appear every day at work; if, for example, you’re buzzing about ‘why people get fired,’ the absences are on each list.”
“If you want to improve your career, you need to make a new definition of ‘skills’,” he advises.
Acuff claims that everything we do at work is essentially a skill, but that they are mostly invisible.
Acuff advises you to pay attention to seemingly insignificant things, such as these: If you want to change your reputation in the company and among customers,
1) Understand what is valued in your company, and how valuable you are to it
For some jobs, for example, attorneys who charge per hour, the value is very easy to calculate, but for most jobs this is not so clear. How to measure your own value in a company?
“Every company has its own currency, and it’s up to you to figure out what that currency is,” says Acuff. “When I was working for Home Depot, my currency was writing an interesting promotional content, which was supposed to be done on time, and in line with the wishes of my boss. If I managed to do that, I brought the value of the company.”
“Once you understand the ‘currency’ of your company, you can throw yourself to work, and make a profit.”
2) Be responsible for your own attitude, and the aspects of the work that are not fun
People often get a denial because of a wrong attitude.“Too often, employees naively believe that the company’s business is to fulfill their dreams,” says Jon. “But the company is not responsible for whether you like your job or not; it’s up to you to enjoy your business.”
Acuff says that people spend too much time searching for the perfect call or purpose, but each job involves boring tasks that will not fill you in.
“Making a bill is no one’s real call,” says Acuff. “It’s an important attitude, if your boss says that’s important, then you do it.” Your attitude determines how you will work and you can control the attitude. “If you want to have a better job, start with a better attitude.”
3) Show gratitude
Acuff recently talked with employees in a credit union where the chief of staff offered four weeks of paid annual leave.
“I asked them whether they were excited about this offer from the company, and I added, ‘Do you realize how magical it is? Nobody gets such privileges!’”
Often, employees get used to the benefits, and then take them for granted, Acuff says.“It’s easier to complain than be excited,” he says. “Decide to be excited about your work, and for the convenience. Do not, for example, complain about the quality of the free lunch your company provides, and they have bought you a free meal. Be grateful.”
4) Observe the company’s equipment
If your company secures an official mobile and laptop, it does not mean that these items are yours, Acuff warns.Understand that this equipment is borrowed to you, and that it must be responsibly used.
“Do not put personal stuff on the Internet over the company’s laptop, and do not abuse your company’s mobile phone,” says Jon. “Too often people want, and they say things like, ‘I can not believe they forbid me to access certain websites.’ It’s the company’s equipment, and they set rules about equipment. Do not forget that, it belongs to them. With your equipment, do whatever you want. ”
5) Pay attention to the meetings
Since the meetings in the business world are frequent (sometimes too small), it’s easy to lose concentration. But superiors always notice your behavior at meetings, Acuff says.
“Try to be present and focused,” Jon advises. “Do not look at the cell phone and pretend to record things. You will not cheat anyone.”
6) Be diplomatic
Never get used to others just because you can, Acuff warns.It never pays off in the long run.
“Do not park in someone else’s place or steal someone else’s favorite cup,” she says. “If you deliberately give up such things, you will have better relationships.”