PR at work

One of the most sensible pieces of advice I read recently:

“Most of us are so focused on just getting our work done that we forget to be our own advocates, to remind our managers and organizations of what a great job we’re doing. Put your accomplishments back on the boss’s radar — without bragging — by sending a brief email update. Nothing fancy; a sentence or two is fine. “Just wanted to let you know that xyz project continues to go well, the client was pleased with our draft, and next steps are to finalize the numbers, which we will have for your review by Thursday.” The update doesn’t have to contain any real news. But in sending it, you’ll look competent, communicative, and on top of things — all attributes of a top performer.”

As a working parent it is easy to get absorbed in the doing mode and rely on an objective (to the extent possible) effort validation. At home, you get a happy baby smile. At work, the validation might get delayed or forgotten. So, instead of just waiting or hoping that this will happen, we can be our own PR managers and show-cast our work humbly yet firmly. 

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