6 Signs You're Doing A Great Job (Even Though Your Boss Doesn't Say It)

February 7, 2017

When starting a new job, there’s this inevitable rollercoaster of emotions.

At first, you feel like you have zero idea what you’re doing. You’re lost trying to figure out how to work the company’s software, where to find the information you need and what exactly the protocol is for the breakroom microwave.

But soon, you get your feet under you. You gain more confidence in your position—and, as a result, you’re on the receiving end of praise from your boss and colleagues about what a great job you’re doing.

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From there, everything seems to be going fine—until you reflect on the past few weeks (or maybe even months). When’s the last time your boss commended you for a job well done? Or called you a lifesaver? He used to brag about you all the time, but now you can’t think of a single recent instance.

Cue the panic and the dip in that rollercoaster ride. We all experience something like this. Getting comfortable in your job usually results in fewer compliments from your superiors—which, unfortunately, can make you feel like you’re failing or stagnating.

But, rest assured, that’s likely not the case. Here are six key signs you’re still an awesome employee—even if your boss doesn’t say so as often.

1. You’re Receiving More Feedback

This first point seems counterintuitive. Shouldn’t you be receiving more praise and less feedback if you’re really doing well?

But, think about it this way: You’re performing so well that now your boss wants to give you the tools, resources and constructive criticism you need to become even better. You’ve set the bar high for yourself, and now it’s your manager’s job to continue challenging you.

So, don’t automatically assume that increased feedback is a bad thing. It can actually be an indicator that you’re exceeding expectations.

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2. You’re The Go-To Resource For Questions

When your colleagues have questions or run into problems, you’re typically the first person they turn to for help and guidance.

Why? Well, because people trust you. You’ve established yourself as an expert resource, and your co-workers are comfortable approaching you for assistance in sticky situations.

Would they do that if you weren’t a capable employee who seems to have a strong handle on all that your position entails? Probably not.

 

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