What would you say if you were asked by your manager, “Do you feel that your skills are utilized to their fullest?”
Last week we started weighing in on the “stay” interview – a conversation between managers and employees to gain insight into what makes their valued employees “tick” – before those employees have emotionally disconnected or stopped caring. As we’ve said in a previous post, in order for these stay interviews to be productive ones, they rely on open and honest two-way conversations between managers and employees.
Today, we’re talking about skills – your skills in particular. So if you feel your skills aren’t being utilized to their full potential, our Director of Engagement, Lydia, has some tips to make those mad skills stand out.
We’ve all been there, where decisions and strategies were decided without input from those of us in the organization that would be directly responsible for the outcome. What I like best about working with SeeKing HR, is the synergy we create when working on some of our projects. Each of us has different skills and brings different perspective – which ultimately leads to a higher quality product for our clients.
So, how do you make your impact?
Here are some tips to help get your skills recognized:
- If you see a co-worker struggling, offer help even if it isn’t requested or volunteer your knowledge base and experience to the project. (Have trust and confidence in your relationship with your co-workers so that when you give your input, you aren’t stepping on toes.)
- Have you told your supervisor what you like most about your job? Don’t wait to be asked! For example, take every opportunity to tell them how much you enjoyed creating a database from a blank screen. Until you speak up, they might not know you’re a spreadsheet whiz and that you enjoy it!
- Ask your manager for an assignment. It can be tough to put yourself out there and toot your own horn, but if you want to elevate yourself in the workplace, you’re going to have to step out of your comfort zone, especially if you know that you have the skills to complete the task like the shining star that you are.
Tip: Go in to this meeting with an idea of an assignment (or assignments) you would like to take on, and some suggestions for your manager to consider. Being proactive in this instance will show that you’ve given thought to how your skills can best be used to the benefit of the team.
If you feel you’re not performing challenging, fulfilling work, chances are you aren’t as engaged an employee as you could be. The truth is, until you either demonstrate, or fill your manager in on, a hidden skill set – your manager won’t know it’s a strength that can be utilized.
Lydia Sanchez, Director of Engagement
Positive Reinforcer. Happy with Life. Mother to a great kid.