Whether you’re just starting at a new job or you’ve been at the same company for several years, it’s never too late to make a good impression. Most people are familiar with the basics: smiles, nods, handshakes, etc. But what about the more subtle nuances that come with being a member of a productive team? Any full-time employee can and should take the time to learn how to make their meaningful contributions count. Here are just a few ways you can make a good impression each and every day on the job.
Limit Use of Distracting Technology
The number of devices that connect to the internet is expected to rise from about 13 billion to 50 billion by 2020, and even though it may be typical to stay attached to your phone outside of the workplace, it can, and probably will, be seen as a sign of disrespect when you’re on company time. Your phone — or any other digital devices you have access to at work, for that matter — should never be a distraction that impedes productivity — yours or anyone else’s.
Just because an employer has a lenient dress code doesn’t mean you should abuse it. It’s always good to make an impression with a professional looking ensemble that reflects your efforts. About 25% of watch buyers say they mainly wear a watch to make a fashion statement, but these subtle accessories can say a lot about your work ethic and overall commitment to success.
“Always follow your organization’s dress code. Most companies no longer require employees to wear suits to work, but it is essential to have a neat and clean appearance. If you are allowed to wear jeans and t-shirts, make sure they are in good condition…You usually can’t go wrong if you follow your boss’s lead when choosing your work attire,” writes Dawn Rosenberg McKay on The Balance.
Several studies, including one from Brigham Young University, showed that merchandise with a sign outsold merchandise without a sign by 20%, and just like a sign can help to sell merchandise, your attire can help to sell your charisma and work ethic.
Stay Home When Needed
Studies have shown that levels of several organics average two to five times higher indoors than outdoors, and when inhaled they can contribute to several health problems. Health issues come in many shapes and sizes, and though many of us would like to think so, we aren’t invincible. Sooner or later, everybody comes down with some sort of sickness. When the time comes where you need to take a sick day, don’t try to impress your boss by coming to work looking and feeling like an absolute zombie. Do yourself and the rest of the office a favor by staying home and getting some rest, especially if you’re contagious. If you’re feeling up to it, ask your employer if you can get some work done from home. This shows initiative without exposing others to your germs.
Again, whether it’s your first day on the job or you’ve been there for years, it’s never too late to turn over a new leaf and get yourself noticed — and only for the right reasons.
“Never underestimate how important it is to make a good impression on your boss…When your boss realizes you can be relied upon to do a great job, he or she will begin to give you greater responsibility. That, in turn, can lead to promotions and raises,” writes McKay.