How do you feel when you see that heading? For many of us, words like “big head, ego monster, bragger and blowhard” come to mind. However, here’s the reality, so take a deep breath. Promoting yourself is a necessary part of your career path and should be embraced not rejected.
On closer inspection, it should look obvious; the average work or office area is often a high activity intense environment. The average boss is often too busy to see what you are doing, instead caught up in their own KPI battles. So you may need to brag a little, otherwise those around you or those in higher positions, just don’t notice. However, the secret here and what this article is all about, is being able to do it in a way that doesn’t make you look the bitch or bastard in front of your work colleagues.
The following is by no means an exhaustive list but provided you incorporate most of these in your working life, then your climb upwards may have some stumbles but the goals you set and strive for are very achievable. Let’s face it, on average, you spend 30% of your life working so make the best of it.
Depressing I know so that’s why you want your work environment to be not a place of dread, but instead where you are happy, feeling worthy because you have put plans in place to have a great future. Heck, you may even find the time to have fun at work, surrounded by colleagues who are also friends. So here’s the list:
Be honest with yourself and I mean brutally honest. Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses. What have been my achievements and what am I really good at? What separates me from the others I work with? Find ways to promote those little advantages to those who matter. Regarding your faults, work hard to find ways to improve them. For example, if you often need to work back late, then consider your time management skills. What causes me to run behind time? Am I late back from breaks or spend too much time dithering?
Don’t forget to be gracious to those who have also helped you. If you have been part of a successful project, then focus on how great the project was and the combined effort involved. Do not single yourself out, even if you were a major contributor and don’t belittle or undermine others. Remember the saying “ there is no I in team”.
Make yourself indispensable but don’t fall into the trap of “managing up”. Becoming indispensable needs to be seen from afar; it is a reputation deserved and earned but not discussed. To be considered a valued employee of your company, is to be the one they cannot afford to lose. Yes, it gets back to what you can potentially offer but also on what you have previously achieved.
The idea to” be more by doing more” can be incredibly empowering. For your employer, it is a win-win situation. You develop your skills which will benefit your company in the long term. This can create a positive company environment where emphasis is placed on employee well being, creating a fun enjoyable environment. Recreation rooms, gyms and yoga areas are not uncommon here. This promotes better communication between employees and a more harmonious workplace.
Don’t fall into the fear of failure mentality; we all know this is hard to do but we all really need to embrace it. Susan Jeffers, the author of “Feel the Fear And Do It Anyway” states “ the only way of getting rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it”. Therefore always be positive as negative thoughts can be so destructive and pointless. Personally I love the old saying “it is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all”. Better still, on my own website I have this quote from Thomas Edison “ I haven’t failed I have just found 10000 ways that won’t work”.
The above is not the conclusive list of ways to promote oneself in one’s workplace. However, it is a list that is not uncommon, that at its basic element is synonymous with many other posts. They all follow similar ideas. At its essence, acknowledge your strengths and use those to build relationships with fellow work mates.
Refuse to be a tree in the forest; promote the skills you have learnt, whether on social media or within. To be recognised as a valuable resource is more than just getting “brownie points”.Self -promotion isn’t a flaw: in today’s society, it has become a necessary evil.
Never be satisfied that you have done all you can. Once a month, pull out that list you compiled earlier and re- evaluate those strengths and weaknesses. Remember that your success is like a rocky road, that it has more than one path that can get you to where you want to go.