As a rule, children don’t want to be the teacher’s pet. They don’t want to be on the receiving end of relentless teasing, extra work, and lost recess time. On the other hand, adults recognize the perks to being the boss’ favorite.

Establishing a positive reputation around the office is key to your success. Being reliable, efficient, innovative, and drama-free leads to more opportunities and an increase in compensation or title. However, there’s a fine line between being a dedicated employee looking to advance and a brown-noser who hogs projects and takes all the credit. Co-workers aren’t impressed when you go above and beyond. They will interpret your efforts to make a name for yourself as an unwillingness to be part of a collaborative team. At the end of the day, they aren’t your concern.

It is possible to advance your career and maintain your work ethic and integrity. You can gain leadership’s attention and receive the recognition you deserve…without looking like a kiss up.


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