Sometimes, finding assurance that you’re doing a good job at work can be hard to find. While most of our colleagues can give it out freely, it actually sounds and feels better when we hear it from our superiors.

But can you get assurance that you’re doing what you’re supposed to do without always asking people for acknowledgement? Let’s go through a couple of important reminders about how you should feel about your job and how to separate regular vs special tasks first before we go through a comprehensive checklist.

Take Pride in what you do

You need to ask your immediate superiors if it’s not yet completely clear to you how your current company profits to sustain its business. The more you know about your product or service, the easier it will be for you to find your purpose in any organization. Why is finding your purpose important? This allows you to take pride in your work and do a better job.

Knowing what your company does gives you a better picture of your role in the organization. This gives you a better ownership of your duties and responsibilities which will help you focus on what needs to be done within your sphere of influence. Find out what you need to do on a daily basis and align it with the expectations of your superiors.

Daily Tasks vs Extra Projects

When you started out working for a company, you were first trained to perform your daily tasks. As you gradually became better at this, you were introduced to additional tasks and responsibilities in the form of new project assignments or designations to become part of a team to help out with different events and functions in the company. A big part of the learning process involves prioritization to allow you to properly juggle between your daily tasks without forgetting about the new projects that were occasionally handed over to you.

We cannot stress any further how important it is for you to realign yourself with the expectations of your superiors. You should carry out your regular tasks as efficiently as you can and use your extra time to work on other projects too.

Here’s a checklist to get assurance that you’re doing a good job (even when no one’s telling you)

  1. ASK YOURSELF, “Am I doing what needs to be done?” Take a look at the duties and responsibilities that you need to accomplish as stated on the contract you signed when before you started working for the company.
  2. BE OPEN. Open the lines of communication with your superiors. This will help you find out what they really want to you to do. Talking to your superiors about what you need to do on a regular basis will eradicate second guessing on what you need to do next.
  3. UPSKILL. Ask to be trained and actively acquire new skills that are related to what you are doing at the moment.
  4. REQUEST FOR FEEDBACK. Get one from the people that matter the most and take it constructively. Remember that what you might think is right may not be what’s fully expected of you.
  5. ADMIT YOUR FAULTS. Be open about your personal issues which may be affecting your performance. Try to resolve your personal issues and never bring them at work. Keep your personal life separate from your work life.

Anticipate your performance review and keep an open mind when feedback is given to you. Don’t take it personally. Remember that you’re there to do a job and if in any case tha you fall short on their expectations, you should review the things that we have outlined here.