If you’ve worked anywhere, you know how important productivity is in the workplace. You want it, your boss wants it, and customers or clients really want it.
We all have our own way of being productive, depending on our industry, interests, and company culture. Since it’s different for everyone, this article isn’t about being productive. It’s about appearing productive and showing it off to the right people.
Why do you want to “appear” productive? Chances are, your company values and rewards productivity. What does that mean? Being productive can land you recognition, promotions, or some other kind of reward.
You’re a hard worker, but sometimes your productivity isn’t getting noticed, which can be discouraging. What’s the point if no one cares? You just need to show it off in the right kind of way.
How can you show off your productivity? It’s a lot simpler than one might think. When you’re working hard, make a point to follow one or more of these tips:
Ask questions. This is not license to pester your supervisor with a mountain of stupid questions, but asking pertinent questions will get you noticed (not to mention possibly even more productive). Companies want their employees to be interested in improving their performance and asking questions will clue them in on where you’re at.
Give updates. Want an even more direct way of showing off your productive chops? Update your supervisor! Once again, remember that they’re busy and don’t want to be walked through your day — but letting them know where your goals and major projects are at can be helpful.
Lend a hand. When you get all of your tasks done an hour early, it’s easy to break for the day and relax. If you want to be considered a productive employee, make a point to offer your extra time to another employee or supervisor swamped in tasks. You don’t have to do it everyday, but just offering a hand once a week can get you far.
What do you think? How else can an employee show off their productivity? Is this worthwhile? Share your thoughts in the comments below!