habits of successful employees

habits of successful employees; red redticule; http://redreticule.com

You want to grow professionally and get opportunities. You want to be the one who gets to be chosen for a promotion. But how to get there? What does it take to be a highly successful employee? Good education and marketable skills are the basic. They only get your foot in the door. The rest is up to you. Doesn’t it seem all so easy for the ones who actually made it? But is it really?

What are the habits of successful employees and how do you become one?


1. dress for the job you want

You probably heard it so many times that it’s become a cliché. Yet, a professional demeanor, the way you approach your job and how you interact with your colleagues is SO IMPORTANT! Just look at those above you and the way they represent themselves.

2. speak up in meetings

This might sound tough when you are sitting in a large meeting with a bunch of department heads and executives, or you don’t know what’s going on. Don’t let that intimidate you! You certainly don’t want to speak up just for the sake of speaking up. But if you don’t have a suggestion, advocating to a coworker’s point of view or asking a well thought-out question will go just as far.

3. take charge

I can’t stand hearing those “It is what it is.” or “Oh, well not much I can do about it.” statements when a project unexpectedly slows down or the team faces some challenges. This is an opportunity to take charge and think out of the box.

4. impress across the company

It’s not just your immediate supervisor who you want to impress. The most successful employees network and work hard to impress the receptionist, the clerk in the mail room and their peers and superiors. This may sound harsh but you are nothing without a team on your side when it comes to making things happen.

5. show up on time and stay professional

Do you happen to have a boss who misses deadlines, arrives late for meetings or gossips about other employees? Very discouraging, isn’t it? Dependability and a constant professional demeanor are huge.

6. think like managers

Successful players don’t wait to be told what to do next. They think of what needs to be done next and they do it before they are told to do it by their boss. They pitch in when a project deadline is approaching fast and help out training new employees on board. Bottom line, go the extra mile to make your mark!

7. document and communicate your accomplishments

Your boss probably thinks that you do a fantastic job, but you can’t expect him/her to keep a tally of your accomplishments. It’s your job to keep a record and don’t be shy to communicate them at your reviews.

8. identify inefficiencies

In the in the first 6 months of you starting a job, you are exposed to a lot of new information and learn company policies and procedures. Since you are coming from outside, you may notice things that could be done better that your coworkers don’t see because “that’s the way it works“. Don’t shy away from asking questions or pointing out areas that could be done better. Big one here: always have suggestions for doing things more efficiently. You don’t want to look like the jerk who just criticizes from the high horse.

9. own up to their mistakes and commit to learning

The most successful people are asking questions, attending conferences and courses, and always working to improve upon their skill set and learn something new. They are also humans and make mistakes, they own up to them and move onto figuring out a way to fix those mistakes (and never do them again).

10. they are comfortable with pressure

This is challenging. In order for you to get “comfortable” with pressure and stay cool and collected, you have to get out of your comfort zone. So when that impromptu meeting with the CEO happens, you won’t sweat it.

All this sounds great, but it certainly requires for you to like your job and be within an organization that allows you to grow. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Photo by Rick Robillard

  • http://pinksole.com/ Rachelle

    great tips and you look stunning.


  • Blaire Bingham

    This is a wonderful post especially for those just starting out. Beautiful suit as well.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  • Rachel

    These are some great tips! I was just explaining number 1 to my cousin who was interviewing for a job! Gorgeous suit as well!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  • http://amyscreativepursuits.blogspot.com/ Amy Johnson

    Great tips! Number 6 is extremely important for promotions. One needs to show that they can take ownership and leadership, and not be just a follower.

  • http://www.lilly-style.com/ Lilly

    Great tips! Love the look, so classy!

  • Alecia Mariana

    Great tips. They are all spot on! And, you look gorgeous, of course 😉


    La Joie de Vivre

  • http://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com for seven seasons

    So many great points! I especially like ##2 and #4. It can be so difficult to voice your opinion, but it’s so important. And I also completely agree that EVERYONE is needed in order for a company to be successful, and it’s important to treat everyone respectfully.


  • jen avery

    Great post and tips!

    Style by Avery

  • http://www.straightastyleblog.com/ Amy Ann Arnold

    Good tips. Love your black power outfit!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Kenya Paola

    Boa tarde linda!
    Gostei muito de conhecer o seu blog.
    Eu estou achando que ele é muito estiloso, tem uma visualização muito bonita e é cheio de informação útil.

  • http://www.mixmatchfashion.com/ Tara

    Such a great list, all so true!

  • Danielle Arsenault

    This is such a great list!! Love your all black outfit!
    xoxo Danielle

    For the Love of Leopard

  • http://www.isa-professional.com/ ISA Professional

    Truly helpful tips and fabulous look, sure to impress at the office!

    ISA Professional

  • http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com Marta C

    These are such great tips, thanks for sharing! Love the chic all black look.

  • http://www.pumpsandpushups.com/ Brooke & Erica

    Fabulous tips. You absolutely have the dressing for success thing down. You look so polished, always.


  • http://www.wishesandreality.com/ Heidi D.

    You have the stylish career wear thing down and I feel like you are becoming a little indispensable with your great tips:)

    Wishes & Reality

  • http://www.justatinabit.com Tina Phan

    All very great tips! Love how your blog is not only about your outfits but you always provide useful information and advice as well!


  • Whitney

    Great tips! Very informative and a good guideline for anyone in the workplace to work towards. Great post!

    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  • http://www.collectivepassions.com Annie

    These tips are really helpful for being successful in the work place! Great insights and very smart lady!

    xo Annie

  • http://www.dousedinpink.com Jill

    These are good guidelines to follow, especially #1 & #2! Thanks for sharing your tips!

    Doused In Pink

  • http://lestylorouge.com/ Ashley White

    Awesome tips- plus how chic are you here?! Love!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  • http://dailystylefinds.com/ Lisa @ Daily Style Finds

    Great tips! The all black look is perfect – and fashion forward.

    Daily Style Finds

  • Brianna Degaston

    omg I LOVE coming to your blog! You have amazing style! Keep up the great work xoxo





  • http://the-colorpalette.blogspot.com/ The Color Palette

    thank you so much for this useful tips.I’m going to re-read every day so I won’t forget! haha


    The Color Palette

  • http://colorandgrace.com/ Grace Liang

    I always love your style and now I love your content more too! Great post! :)

    Take care and keep in touch!

    Please stop by today for Color and Grace Fashion link up!



  • Ayana Pitterson

    Love this breakdown. I am a Department Head and I am always preaching to the younger associates that in order for them to move up they must sometimes take a look at the entire mission and provide ideas as to how to make things better. People love innovative thinking and that sets you apart from the pack. Great great great article.
    Thrifting Diva

  • http://www.lindifique.com Natalia Gutiérrez ™

    These are great tips! Being pro-active is such a trait in every field. Beautiful way to power dress btw


  • Lindsay Truax

    Perfect jacket for work!! And I love your pencil skirt!!


  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    Wow! These are great tips! I used to work in a corporate environment and these are ALL so true!!


  • Happinessatmidlife

    These are all so true. I love your power outfit!

    Thank you for joining TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you next week.