Stand Up to Move Out

Career mobility is a subject we all talk and think about in our workplace.  It’s human nature that we desire to grow in our careers, to be noticed, to earn that promotion or land a new job.

The question we need to be asking ourselves is what am I doing to stand out amongst my peers?  The following are some different perspectives I’ve learned and witnessed over the years that can help you stand out in the workplace.

  • Being the busiest bee in the office doesn’t necessarily mean you will stand out. There are no medals given for coming in first and leaving after all your co-workers.  Being busy doesn’t necessarily produce results and very often we’re just running in circles.  Understanding the difference of the two will help you stand out.  Jason Womak of Momentum outlines 3 Steps to stop being busy and start being productive.
  • Stop looking at your situation and start helping others. Alex Malley of the Naked CEO recommends being that person who can always be counted on to lend a hand to others who may be overwhelmed. Not only will your co-workers appreciate you, but your boss will notice your generosity.  Helping others succeed is a shared characteristic of great employees.
  • Step out. Don’t let the fear of failure prevent you from stepping out of your comfort zone and taking on a project.  This is a great way to show you are reliable and someone that management can trust to take on new initiatives.
  • Seize opportunities. There are a lot of people who see opportunities, but make the decision not to take initiative and fix them.  What opportunities or gaps do you see in your own workplace that could do with a more effective solution or process?  Stepping out of your normal job duties and finding a solution without being asked will show your manager that you are thinking big picture.  Even if management at the end of the day doesn’t accept your solution, don’t be surprised when they come back in the future and request you work on something important.
  • Show your personal side. Take time during the day to get out of your personal office or cubicle and look to foster relationships with co-workers.  I realize this may be challenging for those who are more introverted, but being memorable in a larger office will help you stand out.  Everyone one of us is unique, so don’t hide what makes you, YOU!  The people I most remember are those who are interesting, friendly and took the time to be engaging.

Take a vacation!  I know what you’re thinking, “how can I stand out when I am not at work?”  Allowing time to get away is very important to recharging your batteries and coming back to work feeling relaxed and more productive.   According to numerous reports, including those referenced in US News and World Reports and the Huffington Post articles, taking time away from work allows for health, creativity and innovation benefits.

Mary O'Donoghue
Mary O'Donoghue
Vice President, Medical Services, Liberty Mutual Group