Listen friends, we all wish we were independently wealthy, yeah? You know, hanging out in the French Alps not working the 9-5 grind. But that’s not our (or at least my,) reality. We’ve got to work our faces off Monday to Friday to afford those weekend trips to Napa and our lovely condos. And since we spend more time at work than at home (TRUEE!!!), I feel we must commit to being our best selves at the office too. One way to do that, is by actively trying to be the best co-worker, employee and manager possible.
I’m in a field that’s creative, corporate, and team-oriented so have managed a lot of different types of people. I’ve run teams of up to 14 people and also teams of just 2 people. I’ve worked with people who were “please don’t ever leave me, you’re the only person who can do this” and people who were simply “good”. However, in my years of experience, I have noticed that there are consistent behavior traits across my strongest team members, that I always look for now in new hires. Today I’m going to share my tips so you can be the girl everyone wants on their team (aka Office MVP). This list is not exhaustive, but a good start.
BE HONEST: Boss ask you a question, but you don’t have the information? Don’t try to CYA and make up an answer. Just admit that you don’t know, then do your damnedest to find out quickly. No one expects you to have all the answers, but a half-baked response, or worse – an answer with incorrect information – can sometimes be more damaging to the job and the relationship (trust fail). You don’t have to know everything all the time – just be committed to finding answers when faced with an unresolved question. (Unless, of course, it is your singular job to know that singular thing he/she is asking you about, in which case, you better just know that thing. But that’s a different problem.)
In the same vein, if your manager asks you to complete a task and you don’t have the bandwidth to meet the given deadline, let him/her know. A simple: “I can’t do that by 5pm, but can deliver by tomorrow at 11am” or a “I can get it done by 5pm today, but will need to de-prioritze something else, what would you like me to move down the list?”, works brilliantly in bringing your manager into your world. Nine times out of ten, something can shift. If it can’t, put in the overtime or enlist more help. We allllls got to work late sometimes. Continue reading “How To Make Your Boss/Co-workers Love You + Mixed Prints”