With good days and bad days, long commutes, and less time for fun with friends, it can be difficult to tell if you’re actually good at your job.
Here’s how to tell that you’re most likely doing well in the office.
Your coworkers and boss like working with you — because you listen
Unlike someone who’s difficult to work with, you’re receptive to others because you actually listen to them. It isn’t all about hearing the sound of your own voice.
In meetings, you contribute fresh ideas without overpowering the conversation or causing it to go off-track.
People feel like they can confide in you, but you’re not a chronic time-waster.
You don’t get too caught up in the gossip mill
Áine Cain writes in Business Insider that “you rise above office politics.”
“In corporate America, no one is 100% immune to office politics. Learning to navigate your workplace is an important part of succeeding at your job,” she writes. “However, if you’re one of those people who can successfully sail through potentially contentious workplace situations without ever getting mired in the drama, that’s a good sign.”
Here’s how to handle office politics the right way.
You’ve been a reliable ambassador for your company
Sara McCord, a freelance writer and editor, writes in The Muse that getting “more visibility” is a sign that you’re doing well at work.
“The best bosses find opportunities for their people to learn by doing. But they also know when they need their best foot (read: employee) forward,” she writes. “Who are they going to ask to run the account for a high-profile client or represent the company at a conference? Someone who they have complete faith in, and who they think represents the company in the very best light. Without a doubt, when you’re asked to speak on behalf of your team, it’s because your boss thinks you’re doing a great job,”
When people really trust you, they have no problem having you represent both them and their work.
People talk about your work
Ghostwriter and author Peter Economy writes in Inc. that when you’re doing well, “your projects are talked about.”
“When people are moved by work, they feel compelled to discuss it. They’ll usually pass it along to their friends, other co-workers, and their peers. No matter what the subject matter is, if you’re being positively talked about, you’re probably doing a really stellar job. People only talk about others they notice,” he writes.