5 Effortless Actions That Boost Your Reputation at Work

Workin' Girl

We're all looking for quick wins at work, but we often overlook the simplest ways to stand out. While perceived worth is typically expressed via charts and quantitative measures, it's important to remember that value is totally subjective and does not always require a tremendous lift in order to make an impact.

While there is no substitute for hard work and meeting basic expectations, quick alterations to our day-to-day activities in the office can go a long way. Does your boss keep mentioning a particular topic? Send him a relevant article about it. Is your coworker nervous about an upcoming presentation? Offer to lend a listening ear and provide suggestions.

Getty Images

Doing the little things can add up to make a big difference.

Whether you're working towards securing that promotion or simply want to make a good impression, here are 5 easy ways to boost your reputation at work.

Send Thank You Emails & Handwritten Letters

One of the best pieces of advice I received from a mentor was the importance of sending a follow up email or handwritten letter, especially after an interview or networking event. It can be difficult to stand out amongst tens or even hundreds of applicants, but sometimes, a well-thought-out letter can make the difference.

Tip: Be specific, pick 1-2 things that stood out to you, but be concise. You don't need to write a novel to show that you care.

Remember Personal Information

It's so simple, but the occasional, "How was your son's soccer game?" or "Happy Birthday!" can show that you're listening and care about the people you work with. Regardless of the workload, people are still people, and hopefully, have real lives. Humanize the process.

Tip: Input birthdays or important office events into your calendar.

Getty Images

Ask For Feedback

Do not wait until it's time to receive feedback from your quarterly performance review to learn for the first time that your team and/or supervisor has an issue with something that you're doing. This feedback-blindness can not only stunt your upward mobility prospects, but leave you with an inadequate amount of time to improve perceptions. While it can be uncomfortable to probe your boss regarding areas that you can improve, especially if they "act" like everything you do is great. Consistently requesting feedback shows initiative and provides you with receipts if you are confronted with unexpected negative feedback during your next performance review.

Tip: Request weekly or biweekly informal 15-minute "catch-ups" to check in and discuss your progress/performance.

Come to Work Early/Leave Late

While certainly the least glamorous suggestion, I was once told that as a more junior employee. you never arrive after or leave before your manager. Every workplace is different, but coming a few minutes early or leaving a few minutes later every day can underscore your dedication to your job and maybe even provide you with extra opportunities for facetime with your boss.

Tip: Get a good night's rest or drink caffeine – maybe even bring enough for two.

Getty Images

Be Friendly to Everyone Regardless of Status

No one wants to be around a negative person, especially if you work in a high stress environment. Smiling and maintaining an authentic positive attitude can really make you stand out. That being said, it's important to be kind and treat everyone with respect, regardless of status. Your reputation is comprised of the holistic perceptions of those around you and you'll never know if someone you once managed could end up as your future boss. Relationships matter.

Tip: Smile!

As Maya Angelou once said, "People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

Want more stories like this?

The Introverted Girl's Guide To Office Networking

10 Ways To Develop An Entrepreneurial Mindset

Are You Cheating If You Have A Work Husband?

Featured image by Getty Images

You know what? Sometimes, you've got to push a few coins aside and determine in your mind that you're going to invest into your sex life (if you had a sex jar, this would be easier to do, by the way. You can read more about what that is all about here). If you're someone who is totally down to do that, but you don't have a clue where to begin, boy have you come to the right place! Between the joy of being a writer who sometimes gets samples sent to me, the constant research that I do for the couples I work with and having folks shout-out certain items semi-often, I've compiled a list of 12 sex-related items that may seem random AF (a pun is kind of intended there) and, at the same time, can make sex so much better between you and your partner. Where's your pad at? You're definitely gonna wanna take note.

Keep reading... Show less
The daily empowerment fix you need.
Make things inbox official.

Recently, I was talking to a friend of mine about someone who once told me that they had an annual week-long summer rendezvous that lasted for over 15 years with someone else. Yep — this individual would meet up with another person who lived in a different state, solely to have sex for a week straight, and then return to their city as if nothing ever happened. According to them, the only reason why this ritual romp eventually came to an end is because the other person decided to get serious about someone else; however, it wasn't until it ended that the person who told me the story realized how attached they actually had become to their sex partner (a cautionary tale). After I completed my lil' tale, my friend simply said, "Oh, I do that s — t every cuffing season. There are some people who I only talk to around this time of year, we f — k around and then that's that until the season comes around again."

Keep reading... Show less

How We Met is a series where xoNecole talks about love and relationships with real-life couples. We learn how they met, how like turned into love, and how they make their love work.

When it comes to sexuality, there have always been societal limitations centered on what is "acceptable." However, with more honest conversations about how fluid sexuality and sexual expression can be, now there are so many more opportunities for self-exploration and taking back ownership of our identities again. One couple that is living their truth and being sexual beings unapologetically while living and loving their lives are Jasmine Johnson and King Noire.

Keep reading... Show less

I'm so excited because one of my favorite unscripted shows is back. OWN's Ready to Love is a dating series that follows professionals over 30, looking for long-lasting relationships. Hosted by Nephew Tommy, it follows singles who desire true connections and are grouped together to find them.

Keep reading... Show less

Social media influencer and actress Tabitha Brown has garnered viral fame through her inspirational and vegan videos on Instagram, thanks to her cheerful personality and infectious smile. Now, she is entering a new phase in her life as an author. The 42-year-old released Feeding the Soul on Sept. 28 and recently shared an emotional video of herself after finding out her book was number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list.

Keep reading... Show less
Exclusive Interviews

Jill Scott Talks Balance, 'Highway To Heaven' & Not Burning Herself Out To Produce

In this exclusive, the actress dishes on executive producing the reboot, and balancing business and motherhood.

Latest Posts