Research suggests that different generations perform work in different ways. But defining productivity is subjective, and your success depends on how well others perceive you as a great performer—not just how well you perform.
In the wake of the quiet-quitting trend, it’s likely your work will be under a microscope more than ever before—so you need to make sure that your great work gets noticed without bragging, boasting, or coming across as arrogant.
So how to get your work noticed? Here are 5 ways that are proven effective!
1. Make your great work speak for itself.
The best approach to getting noticed for doing great work is to actually do great work. The worst thing you can do is fake it. Using a computer program that simulates mouse movement, for example, won't fool anyone for long, and neither will sending early emails or other phony communications.
Instead of engaging in productivity theater, channel your energy into creating real value for your organization.
2. Be Collaborative.
When you want to get ahead, develop strong relationships with others. Show up and be reliable, complete tasks on time, and get things done even when people are counting on you.
Think about your own performance and how your work impacts others, and provide recognition and gratitude when you've accomplished something together. When you have strong relationships, research shows that you'll be more fulfilled and happier.
When you're focused on helping others, this, too, is correlated with happiness. People will appreciate your work when its quality supports their work in turn. You'll develop respect when people know they can count on you and trust that you'll do what you say.
3. Maintain a Good Attitude.
Every day, we have the opportunity to choose our attitude toward our work and toward others. A positive attitude will not only affect your performance but also the experience of those around you, making it more enjoyable for everyone.
Committing to fostering a positive environment will help improve your reputation as a professional who is easy to work with.
4. Believe in your value.
Until you believe in your value, no one else will. You must act with certainty and confidence if you want others to value you. It is as simple as that. We are all attracted to people who speak up in meetings and offer their opinions; if they don't do this, we assume they don't have an opinion worth listening to.
It takes courage to express your thoughts and feelings, but once you realize they matter—and they do—you won’t regret it. It's not always easy for everyone to agree with what you have to say, but so what? Just get off the fence and share what you know will help move things forward for a better outcome for everyone involved, including yourself.