5 Ways to Get Your Boss to Recognize the Work You Do
You've brought your A-game to the office, and you don't think that no one worked as hard as you did (or so you thought). If only your boss would have noticed it.
You were lost in your thoughts, which caught the attention of your colleagues. One of them thought that you plan to cross the other side of the channel, wanting to set foot in the Netherlands. It turned out that this colleague hasn't been to Amsterdam. You did, but it was many moons ago. You didn't dare tell them that you were yearning for recognition, if not a compliment. It should be nice if it happened when everyone was too occupied with their tasks, but you don't want to ask for more. You were itching to request a short meeting with your boss, and ask about a crowded Kensington Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. You won't mind the change in topic of the conversation, about the newest member of the Royal Family, even if the joke won’t last long. There might be a better way.
It would be possible to think of a lot of ways to make your boss notice your best efforts. It should remind you of your assignment (during your university days), when you penned a compelling essay on the public addiction with fame. It would be the only reason for "A Star is Born" was remade many times, but you weren't thinking of impersonating a Hollywood starlet. (It wouldn't be the right time to be laughed at.) You wished you had your mother's charisma, as you noticed the reaction of other people when she talked confidently. Some seemed to be turned off, but you didn't take it against them. They didn't know your Mum well, yet you won't mind to do the same thing. You wanted to be that young professional who used to be a big thing during your heyday in university, being admired and looked with envy. You've been reading too many William Inge's plays, who happened to be one of your favourite playwrights. You must look at the matter sensibly.
Whether you're a defender or builder-type of an employee, there are five ways of making your boss would take note of your hard work.
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Invite your colleagues to a volunteering campaign. It doesn't matter if it would be your first time or nth time, as you believe that such activity would become special if you do it along the people you know well (or so you think). Your boss may not be interested, but he (or she) should be curious about. it. There's a start.
Invite your workmates to the pub. It's getting colder at past 4 PM. You've been thinking about the pub, which you've passed by a number of times last week. You haven't been there, yet you don't want to go alone. Invite someone in your department, but make sure that it would be on a Friday night.
It's time to have company during your break. It may be awkward to invite your boss for coffee (or a slice of cake), so you would start with your workmate sitting next to you. Invite one or two more a week or two later. There's no guarantee that your boss would be curious about it, as he (or she) could be mentally strained with tasks. It should be a long day for him (or her), so don't take it hard. You never know, though.
It's time to be more vocal during meetings. This might be a huge risk for you, as one possible outcome would see you doing more tasks than the others. You might not fancy it (if you have already started on that exciting book on Miss Peregrine's adventures in America). It's a risk that you must take, though. And it must not be seen as a bad thing. (If it leads to more opportunities, then take it. You would be a fool for passing up promotion.)
Pay attention to what your workmates are doing. You must look at it in an objective manner, as you want to know more about them during those working hours. They might have a routine, where they do the most challenging tasks during the morning hours. It might be the Starbucks (or Costa depending on your preference). And don't discount a Tesco store in the vicinity. It should give you some pointers on how to become more productive, a result of your competitive nature. It shouldn't be seen as a negative sign unless you're taking it too far. (You still have a life outside the office.)
Show Your Awesome Self
Some colleagues may not like how you would show off your awesome self, trying to be known whenever the opportunity presents itself. It should be up to you to figure out when it’s proper or not, but you could charge to experience (if it’s not). And you could explain yourself. (Don’t do it often, though.) Nothing would happen if you’re the silent worker. Think about it.