Going above and beyond is an effective way to get ahead in your career. While employee disengagement continues to soar, managers want reliable employees who bring their best to work.
Consider this quote by Napoleon Hill, “The man who does more than he is paid for will soon be paid for more than he does.”
So what is the value of going above and beyond? Let’s discuss three ways you benefit from this practice and how you can do use it to improve your work ethic and career.
You’ll Become Irreplaceable
Layoffs can happen to anyone, but making yourself invaluable means you are less likely to be replaced. Look for ways to improve processes and fill in when there is a need. This can be as simple as picking up an extra shift. Do your work with excellence and pay attention to details. When you are given an assignment, check it for mistakes. Ask your manager where and how you can fill in. Leadership remembers employees who bring solutions. Show that you are a leader by building rapport with other employees and being an employee who helps resolve conflict.
You’ll Stand Out
Sadly, hard work has lost some of its appeal. On the other hand, this means that when you perform well and are consistent, you will stand out. According to Forbes, managers promote employees who are self-starters and who show initiative. Even if you don’t plan to stay in your current role, you will benefit from receiving praiseworthy references. You will also be a prime candidate for promotions and raises when the time comes. Maybe you remember a cheerful worker at a store or gas station. This person probably stood out in your mind because they cared about their work. In the same way, you can stand out in the minds of your managers.
You’ll Be a Good Example
Leadership isn’t about a title. It’s about how you show up. Your attitude toward work will affect those around you. When you show up ready to work, you set an example for those around you. Managers look for people who influence others. Work hard then rewards will follow. As you pour into your role, you will reap the fruit of your faithfulness.
It Will Help In Other Areas of Your Life
Hard work also benefits your personal life. Whatever you cultivate at work will spill into your personal goals. Being disciplined and productive is a skill you can learn. Over time it can become a habit that will serve you well in all areas.
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