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As someone who started in the government as a GS-5, and left as an SES, I can provide four easy, commonsense tips on how to get ahead in any job.
1. One-half hour before you leave work, or you sign-off (if telecommuting), let your boss know you are leaving soon. Just stick your head in her office or give her a quick phone call and say, “Hi, I’m leaving in about a 1/2 hour. Is there anything you need me to do before I go?”
2. Be polite–if you are going for a cup of coffee for yourself, ask your boss if she wants anything.
3. Take responsibility for your own performance—don’t blame others or make excuses
4. Develop and implement a personal plan to improve morale within your office. Set an example by smiling and saying hello to all of your co-workers. Find a way to complement everyone at least once a day
Not bad advice… the only thing that I’m on the fence about is asking to get coffee for other people… I’m convinced that the less money changes hands in the office the better it is.
These are all great, and I think what it comes down to is effective communication. You should never wall yourself off in any organization, and sometimes that means stepping out of your comfort zones at times (for all of us introverts out there). It can be tough even to do these seemingly simple things, but they really can make a difference. With that said, however, I don’t think these should be a replacement for good ol’ hard work and producing results, but all a part of the “optimal employee” package 🙂
Thanks for the advice it is the little things that count the most.
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