Recently, I’ve offered helpful tips and insight for managers and leaders, but neglected the whole other side of the equation.

So today, I’m going to speak directly to the employees. To stand out among the crowd, employees, you must add value. And there are certain characteristics and actions – we’ll cover five today – that will get you noticed while simultaneously adding value to the company.

1. Master your position.

You were hired for a specific position, right? So your first mission should be to learn everything you can about it. Ask questions, be clear on expectations, and then put them into action.

And when you inevitably stumble, simply rinse and repeat until you become the resident expert.

2. Take initiative.

You’ve got a head start on this one if you heeded my first point. If you did, then chances are the supervisor (or whoever you work for or report to) has already noticed your take charge attitude. But now, it’s time to kick it up a notch.

Organize the storage room during the slow points of your shift, offer to train new employees, or volunteer to lead a project team. The point is to think ahead, identify areas where your skills may be helpful, and then jump in feet first – with the blessing of your supervisor, of course.

3. Be accountable.

If you say you’re going to do something, do it. Better yet, do it spectacularly, like no one else has ever done before.

Remember, your supervisor is counting on you to follow through, to find a means to the end. So when you hit a roadblock, avoid making excuses. Instead, shoulder your share of responsibility, and offer suggestions and workarounds that may prevent the same issues from occurring again. Your approach and wording can make a world of difference.

4. Lift up others.

No matter how stellar of an employee you are (and you are pretty awesome, right?), don’t forget your teammates are invaluable supporting characters. Your childhood soccer coach wasn’t lying – there is no “I” in teamwork.

So be sure to recognize your coworkers’ contributions, both to them personally and also voice them to those in charge. It’s not only the right thing to do, it also shows your ability to be a conscientious team player too. Positivity breeds positivity.

5. Have a healthy work/life balance.

It’s a slippery slope when personal issues cross over into careers paths. Creating boundaries so that you can focus clearly on work when needed is imperative.

Not only will you be able to excel in your position, you’ll be much happier and pleasant to be around. Your supervisor doesn’t want you to work yourself into the ground – no really, they don’t! They want healthy, happy, and engaged employees.

Exactly what you’ll be if you follow these five tips!

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