You have been taking a lot of effort at the workplace and people have not taken notice when you talked about them. Ever wondered why that happens?
The answer to this simple.
Here are 3 things you can do to talk about the impact instead of the efforts and skyrocket in your career –
First, learn the art of pictorial representation
A picture is worth a thousand words. This holds true not just for the people who do creative work, but for everyone. So whatever you do at work, you need to showcase it in the form of a visual. It need not be too complicated or fancy. In fact, keep it very simple–easy for you to make it and easy for the audience to interpret. It should be able to give a clear picture of the work you are doing–the present status, challenges if any, progress so far, and plan to complete.
Visuals trigger people’s ingenuity. Your manager would thus be intrigued. As a result, you will stand a better chance of being heard and appreciated.
Second, be aware of the bigger picture
The work that you do always has an impact on the organization as a whole. It thus becomes imperative to be aware of the bigger picture and not just stick to the boundaries of the assigned tasks.
To do so, begin by asking yourself a very simple question–How does the work I do, affect the organization’s top-line (or the bottom-line)?
Maybe you cannot arrive at the answer in the first go. To make it easier, you could probably ask yourself – What is the negative impact of you not doing what you do?
The answer to this question will help you get started. And when you arrive at the impact on the organization (the bigger picture) use the pictorial representation to talk in favor of organization growth. This is the exact language that your manager and his managers what to hear.
Third, validate if you are doing it right
All humans are bound to make mistakes. You are no exception. You may go wrong and the only way to know that is by talking to your manager about it.
What you are working on as a priority may not be as important according to your manager. The impact that you are trying to show, may not be the impact that is actually getting created. And usually, you get to know about it only during the appraisal discussion. That is the time when you cannot do anything about it. What was to be done, has been done. There is no way to reverse it. To ensure you don’t get into this situation, you need to talk about the impact of your work with your manager throughout the year. Remember–– no communication is over-communication.
The best way to do so–is to take the initiative to set up a time with your manager at regular intervals. You could choose any interval you like, but I suggest you do so once a month at least. A month’s duration is a good time for you to create a tangible impact to talk about and seek your manager’s guidance if you are progressing in the right direction. If you are not, you can take corrective action when there is enough time to do so.
To sum it up –
To talk about your efforts in the number of hours you have put in at work, worked well for the factory worker. As a knowledge worker, you think for living and thinking can’t be quantified. Thinking isn’t tangible, but the results you create are. Taking about the impact will give meaning to the work you do thus helping you skyrocket in your career.