Back

5 Easy Tips to Impress People at Work

Want to earn that promotion?  Read on to learn 5 ways you can impress your boss and coworkers:

  1. Be Proactive.  If something needs to be done, roll up your sleeves and volunteer for the task.  Not only does this type of can-do behavior leave others with a favorable impression, but it also demonstrates leadership qualities—a skillset bosses look for when they're deciding who to promote.

  2. Respond to Email/Phone Calls within 24 Hours.  If you've ever had a colleague you had to repeatedly hound for a response, than you already know how frustrating it is when people don't communicate in a timely fashion.  Don't be that person!  Instead, make it your goal to respond to all requests within 24 hours, even if it's only to say, “I need more time on this.  I'll get back to you in 2 days.”

  3. Take Responsibility.  When something goes wrong, it's all too commonplace for people to point fingers.  Rather than doing that, acknowledge mistakes and frame them in a positive way by explaining how you'll tackle things differently in the future.

  4. Aim to Develop a Good Working Relationship with Your Coworkers.  If you've ever watched reality TV, you'll notice that on virtually every show, there's one person who declares, “I'm not here to make friends.”  Typically, that person gets sent home early.  While you don't have to be best buds with the people you work with, make an effort to be friendly.  You never know when you might need a favor from a coworker, and it's in your best interest to be seen as a team player.

  5. Stay Positive.  Have you ever had a coworker who complains constantly?  If so, you already know people go out of their way to avoid that person.  If you suspect you are that person, try to keep your complaints to yourself and maintain an upbeat attitude at work.  People who lift others' spirits—rather than fostering low morale—are enjoyable to work with.  By merely changing your attitude, you'll impress those around you with your positive nature.