Getting noticed by your employer (or recruiters) doesn’t have to take hours of painstaking profile optmisation, a strict dress code or behaving like a hybrid version of the person described in the hundreds of career psychology blog posts . There are ways, that only take a few minutes of your time and don’t feel like a chore, to stand out and earn the respect and appreciation from those that can influence your professional future.
1. Social advocacy
One element of marketing that eludes many businesses today is employee advocacy. Encouraging individuals to share company updates and news on their personal social profiles and with friends and family, but without over stepping the line between work and employees personal lives, is a tightrope which many business leaders and marketing departments struggle to master.
Helping to create a culture of sharing and engagement with your brand by sharing brand messaging not only helps your marketing department but you’ll also earn the appreciation of your employers for promoting their company.
Simply re-tweeting, posting a photo to Instagram or re-sharing an update on Facebook is enough to vastly increase the potential audience of company updates.
“Employees have on average 10x more connections than brand channels do.”
Social advocacy not only helps market your products or services, it can also be used to attract new talent (if you have a referral program then you could benefit in this way too!). According to research by Glassdoor employee referrals increase the chances of a successful hire by as much as 6.6%.
Add to this the reduced cost of hiring a referred employee and your simple social updates about an open position have been of great benefit to your employer. Gold star for you! ⭐️
2. Speak up when asked (and sometimes when you’re not)
Initiative is a highly sought after quality in an employee. Company successes are often hatched from a single idea from an individual.
If you have thoughts on how improvements can be made to an area of the business then speak up when asked or proactively speak with the relevant person.
It’s very easy to point out problems but it’s those employees that provide solutions that actually help a business to prosper.
“A lot of people never use their initiative because no-one told them to.”
When your employer asks for your opinion give it honestly and constructively. It’s OK to disagree with people as long as you act respectfully, can justify your opinion and have a suggested solution. Companies who are truly engaged with their employees (or want to be) should make an effort to regularly hold discussions with employees, listen to their opinions and act on them.
3. ‘Random’ acts of kindness
Making a round of coffee, grabbing some ice lollies for your colleagues at lunch, complimenting someone’s work or just recognising effort in the office are all little acts that, over time, will become associated with you as an employee and individual.
Your colleagues will thank you and your activity will also help to improve interpersonal activity, communication and collaboration within your team. This behaviour could spread to the rest of the business (especially if you make a round of coffee for the whole company!).
Recognition in particular is something that’s sadly missing from many company cultures. Helping to change the traditional way of thinking will help to make your offices a nicer place to spend time and work while improving the cohesiveness between colleagues.
Some examples of random acts of kindness include:
- Bring your coworker a cup of coffee when she looks like she needs a pick-me-up
- Share your mid-afternoon snack with him or if you don’t want to share, bring an extra one (everyone gets hungry a couple of hours after lunch)
- Buy your coworker her favorite iced cold beverage on the first warm day of the year
- Celebrate Friday—or make Monday more bearable—by bringing in a treat for the entire department. Or maybe choose to do this on a rainy day to cheer everyone up
- Offer to stay at work late or come in early to help a coworker with a difficult project (don’t wait to be asked)
- Include a less experienced colleague in a meeting or on a project that can help them grow
- Invite a colleague to join your lunch group especially if they don’t have many workplace friends
- Stop by a colleagues desk to say good morning
- Stop by a colleagues desk to say goodbye
Source: The Balance
4. Smile more
Smiling not only increases your positivity and general mood and others perception of you but it also has an effect on your colleagues.
“You’re actually better looking when you smile – and I’m not just trying to butter you up. When you smile, people treat you differently. You’re viewed as attractive, reliable, relaxed and sincere.
A study published in the journal Neuropsychologia reported that seeing an attractive smiling face activates your orbitofrontal cortex, the region in your brain that process sensory rewards. This suggests that when you view a person smiling, you actually feel rewarded.”
Studies have shown that people who smile appear more likable, courteous. and even competent, great traits to have as an employee. Even if you’re not feeling happy enough to beam a smile around the office naturally you can fake it occasionally and achieve the same external results.
Smiling also encourages your brain to think more positively which helps motivation, creativity and productivity. If you want to get noticed for any one of a number of positive reasons, smiling’s a great start.
5. Take 5 minutes to help others (and generally treat others how you would like to be treated)
Making time to give a colleague a quick hand with a query or problem, quickly assisting another department with a task or just holding the door open for someone only takes a few minutes but has a lasting effect on how others think of you.
General manners and courtesy are all too lacking in the modern world but those who still show that their thoughtful of others will earn respect and gratitude.
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
– Charles Dickens
Imagining how you would feel if the situation was reversed will help you to make decisions that take others into consideration.
6. Use your hobbies as an advantage
Many of us have skills and attributes, that we don’t use during our normal working days, that can prove very useful to colleagues or our employer. These could include:
- Photography – do marketing require any images that you can assist with? Is there a requirement to refresh the employee directory?
- Fitness – is there a need for a wellness initiative which you could start? Can you create a healthy lunch menu for colleagues?
- Gaming – can you help to ‘gamify’ employee engagement or advocacy to help your employer improve the culture and cohesiveness of the business?
You may not think there’s a practical use for your hobby to progress your career or as a tool which can be used by your employer, but you’d be surprised.