How to Stand Out From Your Workplace Peers
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How to Stand Out From Your Workplace Peers

by Griffin Hill
Photos Diana Zapata | July 29, 2015

WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE, A DILIGENT WORK ETHIC, AND A STELLAR PERFORMANCE, YOU WILL SOAR ABOVE THE REST. 

Whether you are starting a new job or fighting to make a name for yourself in your current role, a lot hinges on your ability to build and foster an honorable reputation in the workplace. The pressure to excel comes at us from every angle in our culture, and we all want to know how to stand out from the crowd without overstepping our boundaries.

Whether you are starting a new job or fighting to make a name for yourself in your current role, a lot hinges on your ability to build and foster an honorable reputation in the workplace.

In my experience, clawing your way to the top is never the fastest way to rise. Plenty of people adopt this strategy—pushing others out of their way to be the first, the biggest, and the best. However, a quick rise to the top is like a firework: explosive, bright, and short-lived. {Click to Tweet} Aim for something more permanent.

If you want to stand out at work, follow these three steps to prove both your character and ability.

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BE FULL OF AFFIRMATIONS AND FREE OF CRITICISM 

Those who claw their way to the top do so by slashing others down. Often times, you will work with other people who do not share your passion to excel in the workplace. Maybe they are lazy or frivolous with their time and make a lot of mistakes. The worst thing that you can do is become the type of person who will point out those mistakes. Leave criticism, constructive or otherwise, up to your employer, and be the employee who is full of affirmations. {Click to Tweet} Be the first to offer a positive word and the first to point out a job well done. An encouraging attitude will never go unnoticed.

Be the first to offer a positive word and the first to point out a job well done. 

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COME EARLY AND STAY LATE

If you are doing a great job at work, don’t feel the pressure to draw extra attention to your accomplishments. Rather, be consistent. Be the first person in the office and the last to leave. Go above and beyond in every project without being asked to do so, and create new ways to improve the health of the business. You may not be acknowledged for every little thing you do, but a person full of diligence and consistency will be the first person called for a promotion.

Go above and beyond in every project without being asked to do so, and create new ways to improve the health of the business. 

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BEING THE BEST IS BEING YOUR BEST

Any team-oriented employer won’t be impressed by someone who is always trying to one-up the rest of the team. Focus on doing your best and learning everything you can from your position. {Click to Tweet} By growing into the best employee you can be, you are helping yourself and the team. A person who is fighting to be their best is always more likely to be the best person for the job.

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Every workplace environment is different, but building a reputation marked by positivity, diligence, and internal motivation will always garner respect. Challenge yourself to stand out in your workplace by focusing on yourself and improving the team.