We all want to be an employee that delivers big results and makes a huge impact. In other words we want to be valuable and feel valued. But, often we don’t realize the kind of impact that we make on others. Everyone once in a while we may get the reassuring feedback that we’re looking for, but most of the time we don’t. So, how do we identify if we’re making a difference at work? Here are a few key things that you can do to ensure that you’re making a difference.
1. Ask Great Questions – One of the most outstanding things to observe from an employee is when they take ownership. When you take ownership you begin to think ahead and ask great questions. It’s when you take ownership of the company that you begin to consistently think as the owner would think. How can we optimize, streamline, improve and become more efficient? Those are the types of questions you should be asking because those are the questions your employers wants to find solutions for.
2. Don’t Settle – As soon as you become satisfied with where you are, you’ll begin to backtrack as others move ahead of you. Don’t settle for the here and now. Sure, be contented and celebrate how far you’ve come, but never stop looking forward to the future. We must always be in a state or learning, growing and improving. Having this attitude will carry you a long way and will help you to make a difference where you are.
3. Ask for Feedback from Others – Don’t be afraid to ask for feedback, direction and clarity. Sure, you might hear something that you don’t like but the truth gives you the opportunity to address areas that need correction. Develop a thick skin and don’t allow yourself to be ruled by emotions and insecurities. Be confident in who you are and be willing to receive constructive criticism so that you can be the best you can be. The sting of the truth will only last for a little while. Once you’re over the hump of improving a weakness, you’ll be so glad that someone told you the truth.