Companies do not want to lose their best employees. Valued team members see a faster climb up the ladder, a higher pay grade and more exposure to game-changing exciting projects. They’re also approached with the hottest job opportunities.
But how do you become that star employee?
You can kick-ass at your core skillset, but you can also work on areas that have just as much, if not more impact. That’s because the most valued employees have a lot in common, regardless of their jobs or the companies they work.
We’ve scoured the tech scene to curate the essential list of 16 things you can do to get to the next level. From our panel of Australian tech experts to inspirational leaders, we’ve collated the best tips alongside the most helpful advice on the web.
So put on your best motivational music, and let’s get into it.
1. Buy into the vision
The number one focus for any great leader is to provide a clear goal for the team. They are looking for people to buy into that journey.
“If the team understands what you’re doing and knows that their opinions are heard, it fundamentally changes their approach to work.”
– Blair Cooke, Managing Director, Amicus Digital
Great employees will pay attention, and ensure everything they do is connected to helping the broader team and the company make strides in achieving that goal.
The ability to work autonomously without constant direction is a highly valued trait. There’s not always time to run ideas past managers and employees become appreciated when they make decisions when it counts.
Don’t be afraid to make decisions, back yourself and support others when it counts. If you go for the wrong choice, it’s OK – learn from it and move on.
We’ve all been in that situation where someone asks a question they could have answered themselves with a bit of effort. Leaders value those who hunt down answers and bring suggestions to the table.
“It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” – Steve Jobs, Former CEO, Apple Inc.
Seek to find answers, aim to make life easier for everyone around you and respect the time and efforts of your colleagues.
10. Be a positive influence
Energy and positivity go a long way. Working in a growth environment is full of ups and downs – leaders value the positive player who keeps the team spirit high.
Try not to be the person that uses downtime to have a rant and moan. Organise team events, share successes or merely ask your colleagues if they are ok from time to time.
Recommended Read: You Can Train Your Mind to Be More Positive: Here’s How
11. Have Fun
Who wants to work with someone they don’t like? We’re only human; we love being around others who make us laugh and make coming to work that little bit more enjoyable.
When looking for a new role, make sure you’re a culture fit before taking a position. Sign up for a job you’ll enjoy doing every day, with a team whose time you enjoy. Bring your real personality to the table, weird humour and all.
“You don’t have to put in time at work and then escape to life to be happy. You believe in enjoying life and enjoying work.
When you love your job, it’s a part of your life. You feel alive and joyful not just at home – but also at work” – Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO at HubSpot.
12. Share the blame
We all sometimes fail in life. Great employees do too–but just as they won’t let others take credit for their contributions, they also won’t let others take the blame for their failures.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”- Thomas A. Edison
Take accountability for your actions, hold your hands up when you get it wrong and rather than focusing on blame, look at the solution.
13. Put your hand up
Leaders admire people that are looking to take on more responsibility and push their boundaries. In growth environments, leaders think highly of those who are willing to get their hands dirty and step outside of their day to day role. It may also help you get a pay rise.
Take challenges outside of your comfort zone that help you get to where you want to be next.
With work that takes more time, focus on the projects that will help you develop skills for your next career step.
Success doesn’t always come from shouting about your progress. Leaders value those who can get just as excited about the wins of others.
When you’re busy, it can be hard to remember the small things like sending a team email, passing over a Slack high 5, saying ‘nice work’ in the corridor. Praise your colleagues in open forums, shout about there work and help them out when you can.
When you celebrate, endorphins get released into your body, and you feel incredible. When you accomplish something and don’t take the time to celebrate, you are robbing yourself of a vital feeling that reinforces your success.