5 Tips to Make Yourself Memorable at Work

5 Tips to Make Yourself Memorable at Work

Even if you’re in your dream job today, careers do change. Job changes sometimes happen at the most unexpected times – a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity might come along, you might decide to pursue a new interest, you might move, or your organization could downsize.

With all that uncertainty, how can you make your career withstand all the ups and downs it will invariably face? How can you make sure any potential employers hear the best possible report about you?

No one can plan for the unexpected, but you can be prepared.

When you think of your work, think of how you want others to describe you as you move throughout your career – your work habits, your interpersonal skills, your attitude. Keep those attributes in mind when you start each day.

What kind of impression do you want to leave on your colleagues, your supervisors, and your patients?

1. Have a Great Attitude

No, you won’t come into work every day in a good mood. Things happen to make even the most positive person grouchy. But taking a minute before you walk through the doors to mentally shed what’s bothering you can make a huge difference. People won’t remember why you were cranky, but they will remember if you were in a foul mood frequently. You don’t want that to overshadow your good work.

2. Be Professional

Being comfortable in your job is no reason to cut corners. In fact, the longer you’ve been in your job, the more you should pay attention. Why? Because if your organization is looking for leaders, you’re in a great position to move up. Your long-term knowledge of your organization is a benefit if your work history is positive.

3. Extend Courtesies

Colleagues will remember your work habits and your knack for leadership, but your approach will influence how they remember you. If you work as a real team member – giving credit and praise where it’s due – you’ll earn a reputation for fairness.

4. Take Some Heat

Part of being a good team member and employee also means taking the heat when you have to. Did you make an error? Admit it and learn from it. Did your new initiative fall short of it’s goals? Reassess, make improvements, and turn it around into something better. Everyone makes mistakes, so when it happens, own up to it and move on.

5. Bring It On

Don’t wait for others to implement ideas. No matter what your title, your responsibilities, or your ambition, propose at least a few good ideas every year. Can’t think of anything? Look around your workplace – what can be done better? And it doesn’t have to be a nursing task. You can suggest improvements in recycling efforts, internal communications, or even recognizing good work. Getting your ideas out there shows you are always looking for ways to make your organization, and its employees, the best they can be.

How do you want your colleagues to describe you and your work?

A Fresh Attitude in 2014

A Fresh Attitude in 2014

Nothing can lift or plummet our outlook on life like our almighty attitude. So in this first week of 2014, take stock of yours. Is it healthy and robust? Or negative and contaminating?

Do you find yourself already lapsing into the woe-is-me thinking of 2013? Is the thrill that accompanies the headiness of a new year already nosediving into a familiar bleakness? 

Caution ahead 

DANGER! DO NOT ENTER! Back away immediately from the well-traveled mental roads leading nowhere.

A new year is the perfect time to challenge yourself to think and act differently to get different results. Now is the time to turn those resolutions into reality. The journey toward achieving your goals begins with the most powerful engine you own: your mind. 

Throughout this year, there will be times when you sputter, race, crash, cruise or run out of gas. Whatever happens, your attitude can either help or hinder your journey.

The good news is we are just a few days into 2014 and you have more than 355 left to pump up your positive thinking.  A fresh, energetic and optimistic attitude can improve health, relationships and job performance and help you navigate life’s unexpected curves.

Attitude adjustment tools

So how do you stay chipper when the challenges of life seem to work overtime to dull your shine?

Here are some action steps:

Fill up on gratitude. Start your day by saying aloud three things you are grateful for. Better yet, tell someone. Or make it a family practice.

Reflect and write. You may want to start a gratitude journal and regularly list what you appreciate. Read it on New Year’s Eve.

Grow from setbacks.  Instead of throwing a pity party where you are the guest of honor, explore how you can improve your skills.

Seek out upbeat people.  Surround yourself with positive thinkers. Emulate them.

Judge less. People are flawed. Avoid making their shortcomings your concern.

Help others.  Sometimes the only way to lift your spirit is to lift others. 

Laugh at yourself.  Chances are, people are doing so anyway. Join them by showing you don’t take yourself so seriously.

Share your approaches if you already have a winning attitude. We’d love to hear them.

Robin Farmer is an award-winning writer with a focus on health, education and business. Visit her at www.RobinFarmerWrites.com