Go The Extra Mile

Go The Extra Mile

Self-Assessment Quiz ─ TRUE or FALSE:

  1. I’m aware of how much extra work I can manage to take on at work.
  2. I enjoy being a team player and taking on leadership roles at work.
  3. Being more visible at work is in line with my career goals.

Do you want to shoot to the top in your career? Do you want to stand out to your boss? Do you want to be an exemplary employee that people trust and want work with? Add paper to the copier.

What the what?

Yes. Add paper to the copier! When you go the extra mile at work, whether you’re new to the company just starting out in the mail room or have advanced to assistant communications manager, people notice the little things you do, like helping the entire team by adding paper to the copier. Think about it, if everyone walks by the empty copier and grumbles, “That’s not my job!” what happens? Productivity slows down, people get irritated and team morale goes down just a tiny bit over something which takes two minutes to fix. By taking this sort of initiative, you’re actually showing everyone what you’re working with: fortitude, leadership, awareness, ability and desire to go the extra mile.

Depending on the situation, going the extra mile can feel like sucking up, but sucking up ain’t always a bad thing. Especially when done right. If you’re in a meeting and your boss asks for a volunteer to compile a spreadsheet of the attendees to last year’s company fundraiser gala, think about raising your hand. Sure, you’re busy like everyone else and clearly that ain’t your job because you work in finance and head counts ain’t sales….BUT can it be? If you work on this list, you’ll have an inside look at who attended the fundraiser which means you’ll have an inside look at who gave funds or was open to giving. You can use this info to create ideas to get more sales for the company. Ding Ding! #Winning! You’ve just helped your boss (which through this project may also get you more career-enhancing face time with her) and who knows, maybe you’ve helped out Jill in event planning who would have jumped off a bridge if given one more project today. Jill may then give you her extra tickets to a gala fundraiser art opening which could mean networking and future growth for you!

Read the full article HERE.

Cheryl Grace is the sassy aunt, best friend, and mentor you’ve always needed in your life. The successful jet-setting, global corporate executive founded the aspirational lifestyle brand Powerful Penny LLC. Her products, workshops and speeches probe, inspire and empower to ensure those who really want to can get to their next level of best. Her blogs on careers, prosperity, relationships, family, looking and living fabulously, and living a five-star life can be found at www.powerfulpenny.com.


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