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What are your future goals for yourself? Regardless of where you’re headed, it’s always a good idea to do the best you can at your current job. Your boss is being tasked with projects from their boss—and if you can be a valuable resource, it will help the success of your company. This can help you in your career. You’ll be an integral worker in helping your company succeed, and will have your boss’s support. They can become your advocate or mentor, which can open up job opportunities for you. So what can you do to be a better employee?

You can become an employee your boss supports and your co-workers look up to with the following:

  1. Be positive. It’s a fact that no one wants to work with a Debbie or Douglas Downer. It’s draining to your co-workers and your productivity. So stay upbeat and think positive—always be grateful for what you have, not what you don’t. And when you have concerns, discuss them with your boss using the next step.
  2. Focus on solutions. You may run into a roadblock in your career from time to time. This can include a process breakdown, a confusing assignment or a difficult co-worker. It’s important to be proactive and discuss things with your boss, but never enter a meeting without a clear idea of how to possibly solve the issue. It will show you’re a leader with problem-solving skills, and take the task off your boss if they agree to your solution.
  3. Always meet deadlines. When you miss deadlines, it puts others behind. To help keep your workplace running smoothly, get things done when you say you will. If something is holding up the process—for example, you’re waiting on an answer from someone to complete your task—don’t wait until the last minute. Notify your boss of the situation. They may be able to help you so the process continues to move along.
  4. Practice good communication. Don’t ever let your boss get blindsided. If there’s something they need to know, don’t wait until a third party has communicated the information—contact your boss with a heads-up. It’s also important to collaborate with your co-workers and use good communication skills—both verbal and written. These are both important to being the best employee you can be.
  5. Set career goals. You can help yourself keep your head up and stay focused when you have a clear plan for your future. You can work with your boss to help you stay on track. Plus, having a clear idea of where you’re headed will help you stay motivated in your day-to-day work.

It’s worth it!

Every employee has good days and bad days, but by working hard, staying positive and doing your best, you’ll set yourself on the path towards a promising future.

Looking for something new?

Sometimes your career goals may call for a change—something new can help you grow and learn the new skills you need to get ahead. If you’re looking for a new administrative, IT, human resources or light industrial position, let McGrath Systems show you the way. Our experienced recruiters will work with you to find a position that matches your career path. To learn more, visit our job search page or contact us today.

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