As the holiday season slowly approaches, many employees may be wondering whether or not they’ll get that bonus this year. Holiday bonuses are an excellent incentivizing strategy, and they certainly increase productivity. However, team members may be left feeling discouraged, distraught, and uninspired when they go yet another year without one. This is your year! Here’s how to secure that holiday bonus this season, and get acknowledged for your hard work.
Don’t be fooled into believing that you’re simply not one of those employees who doesn’t receive a bonus. The truth is, it takes time to work your way up in a company. In some cases, it’s more time than we’d prefer. Don’t feel discouraged if you feel as though your efforts are for naught. In time, real effort, genuine hard work, and steady commitment are what get noticed within a company. But how? Here are some tips to get you started.
A positive attitude goes a long way in any work environment. Maintaining a sense of vision will show your employer how committed you are to your company. Positivity is shown to increase productivity and overall work satisfaction. Being a positive force at your workplace means you’re someone others can count on.
In times of uncertainty, unpredictability, or stress, stay committed to the goal at hand. It can be easy to get lost in the chaos of everyday life. When tensions are high, there’s a lot at stake, or you feel a sense of pressure, remember the endgame. What does your company strive for? What are you in service to? Remember the bigger picture. This will serve you in times of worry, and show your boss your commitment to the company.
The adage “work smart, not hard,” may be true, but ever think of doing both? Working hard and smart means putting in that extra effort to reach your goals. This also means knowing when to draw boundaries, when to speak up, or when to add your valuable input. Don’t be afraid to speak up when you notice the gaps in the way your company runs. Work smartly, in the sense that you know how to use your voice. This is the mark of a true leader, and your employer will notice that.
Be willing to do what it takes to go the extra mile when your company needs it. Spend your time in valuable ways. When you notice that your help or guidance is needed, be willing to offer it. Going above and beyond what your job description requires of you shows your dedication. Employers take notice when their team members are putting in the hours to succeed.
Most importantly, don’t be afraid to ask for what you deserve. Employees who ask for raises or bonuses are more likely to achieve their desired outcome. This is not to say that you should ask for a bonus prematurely. However, if you’ve worked with the company for a while, and are putting in the work, then certainly ask.
Workers who aren’t afraid to advocate for themselves and who know their value are the ones who snag that Christmas bonus. Most workers feel trepidation when it comes to asking for more money. This is understandable. ASAP has the resources to help.
Here at ASAP, it’s our mission to create a community of dedicated administrative professionals who get paid well for their work. If you’re ready to receive your employee bonus, get recognized for your efforts, and find career success, sign up today.