6 Signs That You're a Stellar Employee

Updated 07/24/17
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Brooke Testoni

One of the trickiest things in the workplace is getting a performance assessment from your bosses to find out how well or how poorly you’re performing at work. If you’re constantly asking for feedback or searching for approval, you run the risk of sounding either too cocksure or too insecure. So instead of asking someone else to assess whether or not you’re killing it, just do it yourself. Business Insider put together a list of work habits, or what the website calls “subtle signs,” that, if followed, should earn you that coveted “employee of the month” plaque in no time.

1. You're easy to get along with.

If your co-workers avoid you like the cafeteria’s leftover meatloaf, you might want to work on your people skills. The more affable and agreeable you are, the more of an asset you’ll be.

2. People look to you for guidance.

If you notice a co-worker struggling in a field you happen to be particularly good at, don’t be afraid to lend a helping hand. Not only do you get to show off your skills, but you help promote a healthy culture of teamwork.

3. You're reliable.

This one’s easy. If people at work can count on you to get the job done in an efficient and exemplary way, they’ll trust you with more responsibility and rely on you in crunch time.

4. You get things done.

Many people have big ideas, but it’s whether or not you can execute them that will separate you from the pack. “Quitter” is the most toxic word in the workplace lexicon, so always make sure to finish what you started.

5. You grab the bull by the horns.

If you find yourself with nothing to do at work, it means you’re not being proactive enough. Instead of waiting for a task to come to you, seek one out. Not only will you get ahead, but you’ll impress those around you.

6. You tell the truth.

Telling the truth can be hard sometimes, but if you speak your mind freely in an open and honest way while maintaining your dignity, you’ll earn the respect of your co-workers.

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This post was originally published on July 21, 2016. Updated by Sacha Strebe.

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