Although you may prefer showing up to work and quietly finishing your tasks, chances are you’re not helping your career move in the direction that you want by being humble. Here are some reasons why and how you can change people’s perceptions of you.
You Become Invisible Being Humble
Not speaking up about your accomplishments means you’ll most likely be overlooked when your manager gives out praise for individual contributions to group projects. Because workers are typically remembered for their role in a project rather than what specific tasks they completed, you need to speak up about your part in accomplishing your team’s objective. For example, if you were the organizer for a group project, make sure your manager and teammates acknowledge your role in organizing the work needed for finishing the project. If you let others take credit for your work, you won’t get the recognition for your efforts that you deserve.
You May Take on Your Teammates’ Work
When you don’t speak up for yourself, your team members may assume you’ll perform any tasks and take advantage by piling more work on your to-do list. Learn to say no to unreasonable requests. You have enough work responsibilities and shouldn’t be staying late every night finishing them. Besides, those co-workers will probably take credit for the work getting done anyway, so make sure they deserve the acknowledgement by having them finish the tasks themselves.
You Could Miss a Promotion
Especially if your role in a group project involves handling background tasks, being humble means your work may not be recognized, and you may be passed over for a promotion. Because nobody knows your role in the organization better than you do, you need to advocate for yourself and ensure others know your contributions to your teams’ projects. If you don’t stand out as excelling in a specific area and benefitting the company, you’ll be overlooked for raises and advancement opportunities.
How to Find a Balance
Strike a balance with discussing your efforts in completing your team’s work without sounding like you handled the entire project by yourself. You want to be acknowledged for your abilities, but not praise yourself so highly that your colleagues don’t want to talk to you.
Discuss your accomplishments in the breakroom while acknowledging the contributions of others. Add value to conversations in meetings and forums so your knowledge and skills are noticed. Take on independent projects away from work that show off your talents and strengths. Your company’s leadership will notice your contributions to your team, which will help you gain the recognition and advancements you deserve.
Be sure you stand out at your workplace and get the praise and promotions telling the crewyou deserve. Find out more ways of advancing your career by reaching out to the financial compliance recruiters at CarterWill Search & Flex today!
Leave a Reply