It is the job of your boss to mention areas of improvement more than tell you, “Great job!” Yet, as you work you often want to know if the direction you are moving in is on the right track. After all, if you are on the wrong track your boss will point it out. So, how can you tell if you are doing great at your job when no one says so?
Yes, positive feedback matters and feels reassuring and constructive criticism takes some humility to deal with, even when it is very helpful. But when times get hectic and there is no time to stop and praise everyone, you still need a way to stay motivated and reassured that you are succeeding at work.
You can tell if you are doing great at your job by learning to see these signs when they appear.
1. The Boss Trusts You With More Responsibility
Your reward for doing a great job is more work and that is a good thing. It is not punishment. Being trusted at work enough to handle more responsibility is a strong, positive sign the boss can rely upon you.
The more you are trusted at work and given more responsibility, the faster your career grows in a positive direction. Eventually, you may become irreplaceable which is great for your salary, resume, references, and career potential.
The tougher thing here is that the boss will not come out and say, “I am giving you these new tasks because you are doing a great job.” If you are trusted with more work, you can bet it has to do with the success of your previous jobs. The last thing you want is for them to take work away from you because you do a poor job.
2. You Are Given Autonomy
The reason micromanagers exist is that they fear employees will not meet expectations. They fear if employees are left to their own devices that they will waste time doing other things and lose focus. No doubt some bosses are “scarred” by bad hires from the past that taught them, “The only way to manage is to micromanage with an iron fist!”
So, when a manager gives you the autonomy to work without supervision, as long as you meet deadlines, NEVER take it for granted. You are given autonomy to work without a boss watching every second because you are doing a great job.
You can consider this a sort of test. When someone wants to see how you work without supervision, they are also testing to see how well you self-manage. It does help if you are the type of person who likes to micromanage yourself and possess a disciplined work regimen. The great thing is, if your manager or boss can let you be and you succeed, you will earn more and more autonomy until you hear the words, “Show us what you think is best”. This is when you truly start to own your work.
3. You Are Becoming More Visible in the Company
When bosses in the company start to put you in front of other bosses and leaders in a company you can tell you are doing a great job at work. For example, if a Quality Assurance Manager does such a great job on a systems audit that your boss has you train other staff and bosses in other departments. This boss is saying, “What you did is great and more people need to see you. They also need to see that I am your manager.”
You also may do such a great job that the boss tries to hide you from other departments. You are a secret weapon and everyone in your office knows it. They all know who to come to if something goes wrong (and that would be You).
They may also do other things like send you to conferences or have you create training documents for the company. They may allow you to speak with more customers or clients. You are doing a great job and they trust you enough to say, “This is one of our people!”.
The Common Theme
You may notice the same word is used in all three points above: Trust. Trust is the most important bond you can have between you and a company. Once it is broken you can never get it back, even with heroic efforts.
You want trust within your company. When you know you are trusted at a company or within a business community, it is 100 times better than ever being told, “You are doing a great job.”
Trust is priceless and makes you irreplaceable. Compliments are just motivational moments.