When everyone in your office isand you aren’t, it might be time to re-evaluate your actions. Are you presenting yourself as a reliable, hard-working employee? John Boitnott, writing at Entrepreneur, lists daily habits to better your chances of earning a raise.
1. Get to work early. Late arrivers are usually not viewed well within a company. Arrive to work early to show you are enthusiastic and ready to work. Studies indicate that early arrivers are seen as more conscientious compared with latecomers.
2. Learn to handle stress. Even a top performer is likely to be viewed more negatively if he is perceived as having trouble handling pressure. Learning how to keep your cool when you are under stress will pay big dividends.
3. Steer clear of gossip. Gossiping is viewed as unprofessional, especially when you are talking about other co-workers. Stay away from unnecessary talk with fellow employees, because the boss will notice. Keep all talk work-related and professional.
4. Beat deadlines. Show your boss how productive you are by finishing tasks before they are due. Keep to a schedule to help you plan out tasks and make sure you are staying productive.
5. Speak up. Get involved within the company, either by speaking up during brainstorming sessions or volunteering at company events. Your boss will take notice of your contributions.
6. Learn something new. Increase your value as a worker by gaining a new skill. Take an online class or get certified in a particular area to show your willingness to learn and your ever-growing skill set.
— Adapted from “15 Daily Habits That Will Help You Get a Raise,” John Boitnott, Entrepreneur.