No one wants to be a suck-up. Actually, that might not be true, some people seem to want to, but it’s rare that being your boss’s yes-man will help you get ahead at work. If you want to climb the corporate ladder, there are far better ways to do it. And don’t let anyone tell you that trying to make your way to the top of the food chain is a bad thing. You should be rewarded for the work you do. Here’s how you can get ahead at work while keeping your dignity intact.
Do Good Work
The first and most important rule for getting ahead at your company is to do good work. Good work alone doesn’t always get you noticed, but if you want to have any hope of success, sucking up can only get you so far. To better your chances of a promotion, do more than just good work. Look for opportunities to grow your responsibilities. Take on more tasks, always ensuring a high standard of excellence, and you’ll be well on your way to promotion and success.
Find Out What the Boss Wants
You don’t have to say yes to every idea your boss has. Spend a little time finding out what your boss values and what they are looking for in their workers. Aim to fulfill those needs and show you have similar values. Being a person your boss can rely on is a far better strategy than just being the person who compliments the boss everyday.
Studies have shown that staying within one company for more than two years can hurt your earning potential. There are many reasons for this, one is that you may be willing to take a pay cut in order to stay with a company you feel loyal to. Another is that switching to a new company will often bring with it a pay increase. If you want to grow your skill set, you may have to head to a new place to grow those new skills.
This doesn’t mean shouting how great you are and how much work you do from the rooftops. This does mean being able to take credit for doing good work, being active in work discussions and adding your two cents. Offer new and interesting ideas that separate you from everyone else.
Just doing good work isn’t usually enough to get ahead at work. You need to couple it with self promotion and making sure you’re someone that others, especially your boss, can rely on. Once you’ve managed to balance all these separate things together you’re sure to find success and slowly start moving up the food chain.