It doesn't matter if you're working a temporary assignment or a direct hire assignment. You want to prove yourself to be a valuable employee. You want your employer to value you so that they:
In other words, you want to enhance your employment tenure. You want to make it the best that it can be. (Or at the very least, you should want to make it the best that it can be.)
One way to accomplish this, of course, is to be productive. This involves helping the company make money or helping it to save money. There are big ways to do this, including with an innovative idea or a strategy that allows you to accomplish more in a shorter period of time.
However, there are also "little things" that can be done. These "little things" may appear to be less impactful, but when you add them up, they definitely have an impact on how your employment is viewed by management, and by extension, on your employment tenure.
Below are five "little things" that can make a big difference:
#1 - Arriving on time
This one should be easy. However, it's not easy for everybody or everybody would arrive at work on time. If you're one of the people who can do this consistently, then you're adding to the value you provide and enhancing your employment tenure in the long run. If you're not one of these people, then you should become one of these people.
#2 - Staying late to finish work (if necessary).
Yes, you'd like to punch out when you're supposed to punch out. But what if something is nearly finished and needs to be finished? Putting aside your burning desire to leave for a few minutes to get done what needs done is an intelligent strategy.
#3 - Not complaining
Nobody likes to be around a complainer. If you're an employee and you complain a lot, people will not want to be around you. This includes your boss and members of management. And when they don't want you around, they have the power to make that happen.
#4 - Not saying "That’s not my job."
While you might be tempted to say this, resist the temptation. To maximize your value, remember that anything that needs to be done is your job. If you try to "pick and choose" what you do based on what's in your official job description, you will be seen as less valuable than those co-workers who do not try to "pick and choose."
#5 - Having a proactive, positive attitude
Whereas people don't like to be around co-workers who complain all the time, they do like to be around people who have a positive attitude about their job and are proactive about their work. True, not everybody is naturally chipper. However, everybody can make adjustments to their attitude and keep their tongue in check if they're having a bad day.
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