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6 Habits To Make Everyone Recognize Your Contribution And Accomplishments At Work

6 Habits To Make Everyone Recognize Your Contribution And Accomplishments At Work

Some people find it very easy to show off their accomplishments and get awarded for them, whereas others are wallflowers, who sit quietly at their desk and expect recognition for their job. You need to learn that being a wallflower won’t help you in your career, and you need to stand up for yourself.

1. Let your boss know your success

You aren’t the only employee in your company, and your boss cannot check on each of you to see who’s achieving what. Moreover, they have a lot of things to take care of and you are the last thing on their mind. Sometimes, bosses don’t know exactly who is doing what project and in what way. Usually, they just check the finished projects and that’s it.

Why not remind your boss what you are doing and what results you are getting? Tell them openly all the things you’ve done, and they will certainly appreciate that. They hired you, and they expect of their employees to improve and develop as professionals, so don’t think it will be awkward or look like you are bragging excessively

. Actually, they will be happy to know that you are bringing money to company and you are willing to contribute to company’s growth.

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2. Know when you start bragging annoyingly

Many people will tell you that talking about your accomplishments quickly becomes bragging, and that can only have a negative effect. However, people will always see you as boastful if you attain a certain level of success, no matter what you do.

Don’t be afraid to speak about all the things you’ve done for the company, because those who need to know won’t think that you are arrogant because of it. The problem occurs when you start talking about it excessively, which slowly becomes really annoying. This happens when people start repeating over and over again what they have achieved.

So, be sure that when you said it the first time everybody heard you loud and clear, there is no need to repeat it. Point out your successes, because no one will do it for you, and if your co-workers think of it as bragging, know that anything that took a lot of effort and knowledge to achieve is worth bragging about.

3. Be proud of yourself

You cannot expect other people to respect you and be proud of you, if you aren’t proud of yourself. Learn to respect yourself and you’ll quickly see the results.

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Make a list of all your accomplishments at work. When you do this, you will have a clear image of how good you actually are. When you become proud of yourself and start respecting yourself, others will surely change their opinions of you.

4. Have a better picture of yourself

Some people are just not motivated by their successes, and they constantly underestimate themselves. Usually, this problem comes from being insecure. You know that you are an expert and you are aware of the importance of the things you’ve done so far, but somehow you aren’t happy.

This is a very complex problem as it is psychological in nature. You may be unsatisfied with your love life, personal unfulfilled goals, but sometimes all one person needs is a bit of a confidence boost. There is only one way to do this and feel better in your skin – exercise.

Exercise will keep you healthy and make you feel more attractive, which will definitely make you feel better about yourself. Nobody says you should look like a supermodel, but it is important to feel confident in order to project a better image of yourself. If you don’t like doing sports or yoga, you can just start jogging.

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Whatever physical activity you take up, you need to keep track of your activity levels. Download an app for your smartphone or consider purchasing a fitness bracelet, which you can wear wherever you go – it will count your steps and provide you with some others metrics that are useful for gauging your progress.

This way, you will add some non-business accomplishments to your list.

5. Stop being a victim

You have probably heard people talking about their success in manner that makes you feel sorry for them. If you are one of those “martyrs”, and you talk how much you have done by sacrificing everything – just stop doing it. There are many other people who are doing the same job or even harder, and you don’t hear them say how they struggled to finally successfully finish a certain task.

No one will value your work if you present yourself as a victim, and they might think you are not really good for that job, as you seem to face a lot of problems that aren’t so stressful, and definitely aren’t obstacles to your success. Therefore, talk realistically and don’t exaggerate.

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6. Face your failures

At your job, you’ll face a lot of failures, which is completely normal. However, there is one trait that describes all successful people – they know the true meaning of failing. Failure is a first step to success, because you have to learn from your mistakes. Your boss will expect you to know how to cope with failure and make the best of it by learning from your mistakes.

Learn how to handle criticism and failures in order to show that you are a person who sees failures as new challenges, and not just another obstacle in life. There are certainly a lot of things you can be proud of, but your boss will truly value your capability to use failure to your benefit.

If you don’t panic and get depressed over one little mistake, but present various solutions, then everyone in your office will appreciate your contribution and accomplishments.

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Published on March 20, 2019

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

How to Write a Powerful Mission Statement for Your Business

Have you ever felt lost in the minutia of your job?

As a business owner, I can relate to getting bogged down in the day to day operations of my business. Things like inventory, payroll, scheduling, purchasing and employee management take up the bulk of my day.

While these things are important and need to get done, focusing too much on the details can make you lose sight of the big picture. This is why having a good mission statement comes in handy.

What is a Mission Statement?

Put simply, a mission statement is an internal document that provides a clear purpose for the organization. It provides a common reference point for everyone in the organization to start from.

In other words, after reading your company’s mission statement, managers and employees should be able to answer the question “What are company’s main objectives?” For example, Southwest Airlines mission statement reads:[1]

“Southwest Airlines is dedication to the highest quality of Customer Service delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, individual pride, and Company Spirit. We are committed to provide our Employees a stable work environment with equal opportunity for learning and personal growth.”

In this single statement, Southwest conveys the company’s goals of providing the highest level of customer service as well as providing a good working environment for their employees.

Mission Statement VS. Vision Statement

While the mission and vision statements are related, there are subtle but distinct differences the you should be aware of.

First of all, a mission statement is designed primarily as an internal company document. It provides clarity and direction for managers and employees.

While there’s nothing wrong with sharing your company’s mission statement with the outside world, its intended audience is within the company.

While a mission statement provides a general framework for the organization, the vision statement is usually a more inspirational statement designed to motivate employees and inspire customers. Going back to Southwest Airlines, their vision statement reads:[2]

“To become the world’s most loved, most flown, and most profitable airline.”

This statement inspires good feeling from the customer while motivating the employees to achieve that vision.

What Does a Good Mission Statement Look Like?

When coming up with a mission statement, it’s important to take your time and do it right. Too often, people (especially entrepreneurs) just write down the first thing that comes to mind and they end up with worthless or (worse yet) a generic mission statement that is utterly useless.

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Remember, a mission statement should provide a common framework for everyone in your organization.

When writing a mission statement, you should always try to incorporate the following;

  • What we do?
  • How we do it?
  • Whom do we do it for?
  • What value are we bringing?

Now, you can see how tempting it is to just come up with something generic that ticks off those four boxes. Something like “We provide the best widgets available online for the consumer.”

After all, that did check off all the boxes:

What we do? Provide widgets.

How we do it? Online.

Who do we do it for? The consumer.

What value we bring? The best widgets.

The problem with this mission statement is that it could apply to any number of companies producing the same widget. There is nothing to distinguish your company or its widgets from any of your competitors widgets.

Compare that mission statement to this one:

“We provide the highest quality widgets directly to the consumer at an affordable price backed up with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If our clients aren’t 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right.”

What’s the difference?

Both mission statements answer all the same questions of what, how, whom and value. But in the second statement, they are differentiating their company from all other competitors by answering the question “what makes us unique”.

Another way to read that is, “Why you should buy from us.” In this example, it’s because our widgets are of the highest quality and we stand behind them 100%.

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You might have noticed the statement didn’t say that we sell widgets at the lowest possible price. That’s because we are emphasizing quality and satisfaction over price.

A different company’s mission statement may emphasize selling widgets at the lowest possible price with little to no mention of a guarantee.

Hallmarks of a Good Mission Statement

1. Keep It Brief

Your mission statement should be no longer than three sentences. This is not your company’s magnum opus.

You should be able to distill the what, how, who and why questions into a succinct message.

2. Have a Purpose

A company’s missions statement should include the reason it even exists.

Make clear exactly what the company does with statements like “We strive to provide our customers with …….”

3. Include a “How”

Take this as an opportunity to differentiate your company from its competitors.

How do you provide a product or service that’s different or better than how your competitor provides it?

4. Talk About the Value You Bring to the Table

This is where you can really set yourself apart from the competition. This is the “why” customers should buy from you.

Do you offer the lowest prices? Fastest delivery? Exceptional customer service? Whatever it is that sets you apart and gives your particular products, services or company an advantage talk about it in the mission statement.

5. Make Sure It’s Plausible

It’s okay to shoot for the stars just to settle for the moon, but not in a mission statement.

Being overly ambitious will only set you and your employees up for failure, hurt morale and make you lose credibility. You will also scare away potential investors if they think that you are not being realistic in your mission statement.

6. Make It Unique and Distinctive

Imagine if someone who knew nothing about your business walked in and saw how it was operating, then they read your mission statement. Would they be able to recognize that mission statement was attached to that business? If not re-work it.

7. Think Long Term

A mission statement should be narrow enough so that it provides a common framework for the existing business, but open enough to allow for longer term goals. It should be able to grow as the business grows.

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8. Get Feedback

This is very important, especially from managers and employees.

Getting their input can clarify how they currently see the company and their role within the organization. It’s also a good way to get people “on-board,” as studies show that people are more likely to go along with an idea if they feel included in the decision making process beforehand.

9. Review Often and Revise as Necessary

You should review the missions statement often for two reasons.

First, as a reminder of what the essence of the company is. It’s easy to forget when you are in the day to day grind of the business.

And two, to make sure that the mission statement is still relevant. Things change, and not everything can be anticipated at the time a mission statement was written.

For example, if a mission statement was written before the advent of the internet, a company that use to sell things door to door now probably has a website that people order from. You should always update the mission statement to reflect these changes.

The Value of Mission Statements: Why Go Through All of These in the First Place?

It may seem like a lot of work just for a few sentences that describe a company, but the value of a well written mission statement should not be discounted.

First of all, if you are an entrepreneur, crystallizing the what, how, whom and value questions will keep you focused on the core business and its values.

If you are a manager or other employee, knowing the company’s basic tenants will help inform your interactions with both customers and colleagues alike.

Strategic Planning

A relevant mission statement acts as a framework for strategic planning. It provides guidance and parameters for making strategic decisions for the future of the company.

Measuring Performance

By having the company’s mission in a concrete form, it also allows for an objective measurement of how well the organization is meeting its stated goals at any one time.

Management can identify strengths and weaknesses in the organization based on the criteria set forth in the mission statement and make decisions accordingly.

Solidifying the Company’s Goals and Values for Employees

Part of a well run organization is nurturing happy and productive employees.

As humans, we all have an innate need for both purpose and to be part of something larger than ourselves. Providing employees with a clearly defined mission statement helps to define their role in the larger organization. Thus, fulfilling both of these needs.

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Now I’m not saying that a mission statement can overcome low pay and poor working conditions, but with everything else being equal, it can contribute to a happier and more productive workforce.

To Hold Management Accountable

By creating a mission statement, a company is publicly stating its highest values and goals for the world to see. By doing so, you are inviting both the public and your employees to to scrutinize how well the company lives up to its ideals.

So if you state that you only provide the highest quality products, and then offer something less, it’s fair for both the public and the employees to question, and even call for a change in management.

If management doesn’t take the mission statement seriously, no one else will either; and the legitimate authority that management rely’s on will be diminished.

To Serve as an Example

This is the opposite side of the coin from the previous statement. If the highest levels of management are seen taking the mission statement seriously and actively managing within the framework of the statement, that attitude filters down throughout the organization.

After all, a good employee knows what’s important to their boss and will take the steps necessary to curry favor with them.

Finally, use the company’s mission statement as a way to define roles within the company. You can do this by giving each division in the company a copy of the mission statement and challenge the head of each division to create a mission statement for their respective departments.

Their individual mission statements should focus on how each department fits in and ultimately contributes to the success of the company’s overall mission statement. This serves as both a clarifying and a team building exercise for all parts of the organization.

Final Thoughts

Developing a mission statement is too often just an after-thought, especially for entrepreneurs. We tend to prioritize things that we perceive will give us the biggest “bang for our buck.”

Somehow, taking the time and effort to sit down and think seriously about the what, whom, how and value of our business seems like a waste of time. After all, we got in the business to make money and become successful, isn’t that all we need to know?

That mindset will probably get you started okay, but if you find yourself having any success at all, you’ll find that there really is such a thing as growing pains.

By putting in the time and effort to create a mission statement, you are laying the groundwork that will give you a path to follow in your growth. And isn’t building long term success what we are really after?

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Reference

[1] Southwest Airlines: About Page
[2] Fit Small Business: 10 Vision Statement Examples To Spark Your Imagination

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