Work advancement is often dependent on your ability to show your willingness to work hard whenever necessary. But you have to do more than just manage your job; you also have to make sure that you stand out.
It is a common notion that this means working longer hours than their co-workers. This may seem like a valid approach, but working more extended hours than your co-workers does not mean that you are a hard worker. Believe it or not, it may actually hurt your career development.
Do Longer Hours Mean Better Success at Work?-
Staying late without being asked, you may be telling your boss that you can’t complete your work responsibilities within a reasonable time frame. This could leave a bad impression with your manager, particularly if this results in overtime costs for the company.
However, if you are putting in extra hours because you want to take on other responsibilities, then it can have a positive effect on your reputation. Be aware that pushing yourself can cause your overall performance to go down – in the end doing more harm than good.
Understand How Performance is Measured-
Employee performance in a manufacturing environment is usually tied to specific metrics. It could be the fulfillment of a certain number of orders, or packaging a particular amount of products. Regardless of what is being measured, take time to understand what exactly is being a measure to determine your job success. Having the ability to meet performance standards shows that you are performing as they need while demonstrating your reliability. This allows your boss to plan future activities based on your capabilities to manage the tasks at hand.
Be Your Own Advocate-
If you are meeting your day-to-day job duties, and you feel you can do more, talk to your boss about how you can contribute more. This may allow opportunities for you to work ahead, or add additional capacity to escalating production needs.
By directly asking your boss what you can do, you guarantee that your performance is on their radar by indirectly telling your boss that you want to provide more value to the company. Showing your current capabilities and your desire to contribute more can prove that you are a reliable, hardworking employee.
If you are interested in finding a new job opportunity in Minnesota that can help develop your career, Award Staffing works with some of the leading companies in the Minneapolis – St Paul metro areas. Contact one of our six offices located in Bloomington, Chaska, Crystal, Delano, Maplewood, and Ramsey Minnesota to help you with your job search today!