How to get noticed by your boss for a job well done


Typical. You’ve been in the same role at the same company for a number of years waiting to be promoted: not just for the salary, but for the career progression and recognition from your boss from the hard work you’ve contributed so far. Suddenly, a fresh-faced new starter in your team lands the job after only a few months in the business. It seems unfair, and it’s natural to feel undervalued. However, the truth of the matter is that waiting to be noticed will never earn you the recognition you desire. If you are to guarantee a promotion when the opportunity arises, there are certain steps you must take in getting the credit you deserve.

Exceed expectations

Seeking credit from your boss for completing tasks or undertaking responsibilities outlined in your job description is likely to land you in one of the most awkward conversations in the workplace: “well done for doing your job” your boss might say, or “that’s what I’m paying you for.” Instead of only doing what’s expected, look for ways in which you can prove your capabilities beyond the job description.

Help where you can

While rushing around asking colleagues if there’s anything you can do to help them may give off the image that you yourself have nothing to do, offering support where your skills crossover into another area will demonstrate your dedication to getting the job done. Ask your boss if there are any tasks on their To-Do list that are being neglected, and offer to take on the ones that you feel confident about.

Keep in the loop with key business challenges

It’s not uncommon for directors and CEOs to address critical business challenges in company-wide meetings: they could relate to market conditions, technology integrations or even staff retention. If it doesn’t sound like it concerns you, the tendency for most employees is to switch off and assume someone else more senior will deal with it. Prove to your boss that you play a pivotal role in the business by giving these challenges some thought and presenting back any solutions or ideas that come to mind.

Let others enjoy praise

There’s nothing worse than giving credit where due only for someone to cut in and steal the limelight for their recent achievement. Not only does this appear desperate, it will likely discourage your boss from praising you in the future. Natural leaders are able to appreciate the success of others without feeling insecure about their own performance, so if a colleague has done well in a particular area, let them know and let them enjoy the recognition they deserve. 

Keep up the good work

Ultimately, your manager knows that feedback is essential for all employees in their team. However, it’s unlikely that your boss has time to praise every achievement or contribution. Throwing your toys out of the pram after getting no credit for staying an hour late will not put you in good stead for a promotion. Proving to your boss that you’re willing to go the extra mile for the business rather than your own personal gain, on the other hand, is a sure-fire way to get noticed.