Getting noticed at work is important if you expect to be promoted. Here are a few do’s and don’ts to help you stand out–the right way–at work.

Social interaction

Do practice diplomacy.

Being diplomatic simply means knowing what to say, how to say it, and when to say it. If you’re having trouble finding the right words, read Dale Carnegie’s How to Make Friends and Influence People for some great advice on interacting with others. If your issue is that you’re easily irritated or angered, learn how to manage those fiery feelings.

Knowing how to approach issues and confrontations will be the difference between being perceived as a rabble-rouser and being lauded as a problem solver. Remember, disagreeing doesn’t mean disrespecting.

Don’t be the office gossip

Let’s face it; we all like to hear juicy news. But you know what else? We all hate gossips! There’s no faster way to ostracize yourself than proving that you’re an untrustworthy blabbermouth. Just because you heard it doesn’t mean you have to repeat it. Should you find yourself on the receiving end of some tantalizing tidbit of information, know you don’t have to offer an opinion. Worst case scenario, if you don’t have any Pepto Bismol handy, the best cure for diarrhea of the mouth is keeping ya’ pie hole closed.

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Your work ethic 

Do exceed expectations

As my mother always told me, “Take some initiative.” By taking that one extra step, you can prove to be an independent thinker, a problem solver, a good leader, a self-motivator… the list goes on. Even if you don’t inherently know what to do, just ask—it’ll show that you’re interested in going above and beyond. If you want to be given the responsibility of doing more, start by doing a little more! Actions speak louder than words.

Don’t just get by

Ever had a dish that lacked seasoning? Sure, it satisfied your hunger and met your nutritional needs, but it wasn’t memorable—and if you did remember it, it’s because it was so terribly bland. Add a little salt and pepper to the things you do. Demonstrate that you’re a valuable asset to the team. Driving down average road in your average car with your average attitude is the quickest route to getting replaced.


Do be someone people want to work with

Optimism breeds good relationships and having friends in the workplace can make a big difference in the quality of your professional life. Forbes notes 15 traits of the ideal employee. Number six: “When recruiting, personality can mean the difference between an employee who doesn’t stay long and fails to produce vs. an all-star who is going to significantly increase your competitive advantage.” Your employers see the value in a positive attitude, and you should too.

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Don’t be a Debbie Downer

Pessimism causes a lot of problems both personally and professionally. Save yourself the trouble by squashing that negativity before it gets out of hand. Attitudes are contagious; don’t be the bad apple that spoils the bunch. More importantly, if your job makes you miserable, you should consider moving on. Why be unhappy with a circumstance you can change?

These suggestions are only a few key ways you can appropriately stand out at your job. How do you ensure you get noticed in the workplace?

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