If you’re one of 10 or 20 people all doing the same job, it can be easy to settle in as “just another employee” and go with the flow. Even if you’re the only one in your position, it’s important to show your boss or supervisor that you’re willing to go above and beyond what is required, and earn their respect and praise. Here are some things you can start doing to make yourself stand out at work.

Never complain

Even if you’re asked to do the most boring, mundane task, it’s important to do it with a smile and at least pretend that it’s not a burden on you. It may take much needed time out of your day, it might be inconvenient you, but your bosses will appreciate that you did the work without complaining or thinking twice about it.

Volunteer to do extra work or projects

If you find yourself with a little extra free time at work, put it to good use! Instead of sitting at your desk waiting for the next assignment to pop up, take the initiative and find some work that you can do. Even if your boss doesn’t have anything for you at the moment, at least they will know that you’re willing to go above and beyond your job description and take on any extra projects that they might have for you.

Be honest with your supervisors

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you have too much work, don’t be afraid to tell people that. If your boss asks if you have time to take on an extra task and you know that you won’t have time for it. It’s better to be honest with them and explain that you don’t have time right now instead of having to explain to them later why you couldn’t get the job done in time. Also it is important to communicate things to your bosses in a timely manner, if you know one of your assignments will be finished late, go to your boss and tell them instead of waiting for them to come to you and ask why it is not done yet.

Arrive early, stay late

It sounds simple, but things like this definitely do not go unnoticed. If you’re early, you’re on time, and if you’re on time, you’re late. The phrase “first one in, last one out” applies in multiple settings, and this is definitely one of them. More importantly, definitely don’t be late to work, because even if you think no one saw you, people always notice.

Have a strong sock game

Nobody can resist a fire sock game, give people every reason to remember you, even if they only remember you as the guy/girl with the super cool socks.

These are just a few of the ways that you can make yourself stand out in the workplace. It goes without saying that hard work is always the most important thing, and everything on this list comes after that. Now go impress your bosses!

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I'm from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and I currently attend Elon University where I am a third-year Communications student with a major in Journalism and a minor in Business Administration. At Elon, I am a member and co-host One on One Sports, which is an Elon Student Television Production. I aspire to be a reporter, commentator, or analyst in the world of sports broadcasting once I graduate from college. I love the Chapel Hill area and have lived here my entire life! I work as a Client Relations intern at AroundCampus, and when I’m not at work you can probably find me watching sports or looking for somewhere to eat in Chapel Hill. Food is great, who doesn’t love food? I love food.

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