7 Qualities That Will Get You Noticed in The Workplace

You want the spotlight to be on you always? Do you want to be the first person your boss comes to when a new challenge comes up? You want your name to be the one that everybody is muttering?
If the answer is yes, here are things that can help you rather stand out without being another cog in the wheel.

1. Curiosity at its best

The best workers are learners. They are like a curious kid. Curiosity is the water that helps to grow. Curiosity doesn’t just mean exploring the hilltop or getting through the new places, it means having a compelling character that keeps you engaged and sharp at work. Science refers to curiosity as “having a hungry mind.” At work, curiosity means discovering better ways of doing things.

It is well quoted, “A lot of leaders stop in their growth because they lose their curiosity.” — John Maxwell

You cannot be successful without curiosity. It drives an insatiable quest for knowledge. It is what will build a life full of stories. According to a study from Gallup International, some of the best entrepreneurs are curious and creative thinkers. If you’re not born with it, develop it.

How to be a more curious person:

  • Work through the knowledge gap by asking questions. Questioning allows us to become more insightful.
  • Tap into a matter you do not know much about by stepping out of your comfort zone.
  • Good listening is a part of curiosity. Absorb what others are saying.
  • Allow yourself to view the situation from different perspectives.

A classic example is Steve Jobs’ curiosity for typefaces which made him attend a useless class on typography and to develop his design sensibility.

As a manager at ProofHub, I always want people around me to remain curious using their eyes to find fresh corners of the world. It’s the quality that we look for in every employee.

2. Share The Ideas

Why don’t you step up to share your ideas at work? Don’t be afraid to suggest crazy ideas. You never know what your wild ideas will lead to. Moreover, you’ll be looked upon for ideas whenever needed (for new projects). You’ll be in the limelight, you’ll be seen as a thinker and contributor. Be sure that you’re confident enough when delivering your ideas and if it doesn’t work out in any worse case, don’t lose heart.

  • Do a little research about the idea you’re coming up with
  • Share them intelligently
  • Develop a unique way to present
  • Be prepared for concerns that may counterattack

3. Be Social, Confident, and Outgoing

It is the simplest, sweetest attribute you can possess. Because if you always roll out your eyes from people around you, they will not remember you. Being social at work is a great way to know more about others. It will help you engage with other members at work to a great extent. How to get into conversations:

  • Start with a simple, “How was your weekend”?
  • Find a common topic of discussion
  • Ask them questions
  • Don’t compare them to anyone
  • Sound like a native speaker
  • Flattery goes a long way
  • Stay professional

Being social at work is not much difficult. Just find the right ways and you’ll see the change!

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4. Offer Solutions, Not Problems

You’ve been hired because you’re smart. And smart people do not bring problems. They bring solutions. You need not constantly point out problems, but rather, proactively tell about what you can solve. Start thinking about what solutions could help address those challenges.

For example, you should never walk into your the management office telling them how the developers can never get anything out on time. Instead, go talk to the team about how they can make changes and see what you can offer to help. And then let your boss know about the changes you’ve made to bring a solution to the problem.

5. Be the Creative One

Noone will really encourage you to present new ideas but it is expected of you to bring out creativity to brainstorm ways to improve the company or project down the line. It not only ensures future success but plays a key role in impressing your boss. If you think some people are born creative and you’re not one of them, the secret is here:

  • Write, anything
  • Doodling
  • Read fiction
  • Be curious
  • Collect ideas
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Declutter your space

6. Constructively Resolve Conflict

It is true that everyone reacts differently to different situations. But the ones who play it safe will never get noticed. Conflict. A disagreement. Controversy. An opposition. These are all one and the same. Avoiding conflict will always create a negative situation. Constructive conflict will always get you noticed because you are being courageous enough to “shake things up”. Simply bring in ways to test your ideas in situations that arise to create new ways of improving everyone’s performance. Let the conflict evolve, engage in a constructive conversation, and you’ll be known for handling the situation in a perfect way!

7. Handle Responsibilities That Go Beyond

Of course, here I do not mean the extra responsibilities of making documents or ordering pizza for the team. Those who get noticed at the workplace are the ones who look beyond and beneath the opportunities that you seek. This is absolutely essential if you want to be the team player. Look around to expand your tasks by helping others at the job, see what they are doing, what you can learn and what you can contribute. Saying no to additional responsibilities (within limits) means saying no to any future growth. Take up things until you find yourself on the brink of burnout.

Your boss and other people will value your personality and attitude. It’s not complicated. You’ve to be more watchful of how to use the unique qualities to lift yourself and show your full potential. Be the only star of the show!

About Author:

Vartika Kashyap runs the marketing team at ProofHub — a project management software for teams of all sizes. She is a seasoned marketing professional who is an expert in digital marketing and entrepreneurship. She’s been featured among LinkedIn’s Top Voices for the year 2017 & 2018. Connect with Vartika on LinkedIn, Medium and Twitter.

Chief Marketing Officer@ProofHub. Featured writer on LinkedIn. Contributor at Elearning Industry, Dzone, Your Story and Business.com.