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If you’re feeling stagnant and bored at work, you’re much more likely to feel unmotivated, stressed out, or irritable. Plus, if you can get your manager’s attention and demonstrate your value, you’re much more likely to be thought of when a promotion is available or to earn a raise at your next review.

If you’re looking for ways to show your manager that you’re ready for more challenging work and display leadership qualities, here’s what to know.

  1. Ask for more: If you’re caught up on your current projects, don’t wait for the next thing to hit your desk. Ask your manager if there’s something you can get a jump start on or if there’s a way you can help a coworker. Your initiative can show that you’re handling your current workload and can handle more.
  2. Take a class: Whether it’s a webinar, a workshop training, or a certification course, you can show your manager you’re ready for the next challenge by learning something new. Employees who want to impress their boss do more than just work hard – they show how eager they are to learn the next thing and grow personally and professionally.
  3. Be proactive: Are you seeing gaps in your company processes? Were you recently inspired by a write-up of a way that another company approaches something? You don’t have to just complain to coworkers or even “accept that that’s the way things have always been done.” Ask your boss if you can talk through some of your ideas or suggestions on how to improve something in your office. If this is done respectfully and enthusiastically, it can help show your manager that you’re serious about your future with the company and interested in innovating and improving.

Simple steps that show your manager you’re innovative, invested, and paying attention can help prove that you’re ready for more responsibilities and help you grow your career. Don’t be afraid to go the extra mile or show initiative when the moment calls for it.

If you feel stuck in your current position, are looking for more challenging work, or want to advance in your career, we’re here to help. Get in touch today so we can help you take the next step in your career.

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