What do successful employees do differently than other employees?  You know the ones that get the promotions, raises, and great opportunities handed to them.

Well, it turns out, quite a lot.

Here are the top 10 tips on how the best employees take the best approach in their work lives on the road to success.

Dressing For The Job They Want

It has been said a thousand times, but it constantly holds true. People look to those above them and emulate their clothes and how they present themselves, interact with others, and their approach to work.

Leadership Opportunities

People who want that promotion do not wait for leadership opportunities to fall into their laps; they see where a leader is needed, take the initiative, and jump right in. Whether it is offering to lead a project, train new interns, or volunteering to mentor that new junior employee.

Making Allies Within The Organization

Truly successful people are not aiming to impress their bosses; they know their success is nothing without a team of people working together. The most successful employees positively impress everyone, from the mail clerk, receptionist to peers and superiors.

Giving People Your Full Attention

Listening is one of the top skills employers seek in potential and current employees. It is recognized as one of the biggest traits of a leader. Giving your undivided attention with eye contact helps others feel motivated, energized, and shows them you care about their thoughts. Opinions are the most powerful tool you can ever present.

Staying Professional

Missing deadlines, gossiping about fellow employees, forgetting to respond to emails, and forgetting to return phone calls are highly unprofessional. What would you say about your manager if this was their traits? If you are looking to get ahead and be the successful employee who leads, you should not display those behaviors.


Being punctual not only shows that you respect your and other’s time, but it also eliminates stress, removes anxiety, and brings calm and organization to your day. Being punctual shows your eagerness to take control of your day and your production.

Thinking Like A Manager Rather Than An Employee

Managers are strategic in their thought process, and they do not wait to be instructed on what to do; they take the initiative and do what needs to be done. They mentor others to pitch in where needed and always go that extra mile towards completing the task at hand. Employees who get promoted are those that constantly think like managers.

Problem Solvers

Good problem solvers are great thinkers!  A successful employee comes up with solutions to problems rather than looking to others for them. Being a problem solver shows the eagerness to learn and show your willingness to challenge yourself with solving issues that may arise.

Commitment To Continuous Learning

The most successful people are always constantly learning, not only about their company but also the industry. They are always looking for ways to improve their skillset, taking on new tasks, projects attending conferences and courses. To do better, you must be better, and knowledge is key.

Asking For Help

No one successfully got to where they are today without help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness; it is a sign of strength and confidence in yourself to reach out to others for guidance.

Closing Thoughts

So, there you have it. If you combine these ten elements of succeeding at work, you will find yourself a successful employee.