No matter what industry you work in, one thing remains the same, every employer wants the best employees who are trustworthy and valuable. With every relationship, whether it be personal or professional, gaining trust and credibility in others is crucial for the relationship to grow and be successful and happy.
In the workplace, consistency in your behavior and productivity are the keys to becoming more credible and valuable.
So how do you achieve this?
Keep your word
Put simply, do what you say you are going to do. Deliver on your promises and keep true to the expectations you set for yourself, and that which others are depending on. This is one of the best ways to prove your worth and show that you have a strong work ethic.
Take ownership for the good and the bad
Life is a rollercoaster, so buckle up and enjoy the ride. The ups and downs of life are simply tests of our endurance, our strength and our core values. Taking ownership of accomplishments and victories at work are easier and more gratifying than taking ownership when deadlines cannot be met or when sales figures aren’t reaching target. However, this is the time to step-up and be honest and own the situation. Life will never be perfect and in times like these, the best option is to have a clear and honest explanation as to the undesirable outcome and have a Plan B to try and counteract the effects. Respect is gained by taking accountability, especially in the bad times.
Document and present your achievements
Do you keep a log of all your achievements at work? If not, start now!
Ensure you capture the following information (at a minimum):
- Your role
- The outcomes/results
- The impact your outcomes had on the organization/department
- Next steps (if any)
Keeping a chronological log of all your accomplishments, big and small is essential for informing and reminding your manager of your worth. Many people struggle with tooting their own horn, but you need to break down that barrier and remind your boss why he/she hired you in the first place, and how essential you are to the organization.
If your workplace conducts annual performance reviews, it is absolutely essential that you keep a descriptive log of your achievements, and if you don’t have to go through this formal process, meet regularly with your boss to go over your performance in a less formal manner. Taking the initiative to meet regularly with your manager will give you instant credibility. Developing rapport and trust with those in power to make changes, and who can promote your career, are vital.