Building Credibility – 7 Things You Can Do In The Workplace Effectively

How do you go about building credibility in the office? Well, you start by telling the truth. But isn’t that stupid? It depends on what you want.

If you are willing to tell lies and have lies cover up for more lies - which inevitably happens - then fine. You need not take this advice. Beyond that how would one go about building credibility in the office?

1. Say What You Mean
Do you hide behind words and create smoke screens in order to hide your intentions? If you are serious about building credibility in the office, you need to say what you mean. That does not mean you become rude, you can still say what you mean in a nice manner. Not everyone is blind to your intentions even if you think no one notices. Instead of playing games you might as well be frank with your opinions.

2. Mean What You Say
If you give your words, then stick to you. Deliver what you promised. Do not just talk and give empty promises when all you can deliver are words out of your mouth. Be committed to the things you say and build credibility in the workplace.

3. Under Promise, Over Deliver
Another way to building credibility in the workplace is by under promising things and over delivering them. When you make a commitment for deadlines be sure you take into consideration contingency plans. There may be things that crop up that is beyond your control. So it is better to manage expectations early.

4. Stop The Excuses
Especially stupid ones. These are variations to what I call “the dog ate my homework” type of excuses. Avoid them! You are an adult now. If you think getting creative with excuses for non-performance gets you out of trouble, think again. You may argue there are others who have passed through the crack to rise up with just as many variations to “my dog ate my homework”. Yes, my counter argument would be the robbers also insist there are many robbers out there who don’t get caught. So do you become a robber or do you get an education and aim high at the career ladder to get to the top?

5. Plan. Do. Monitor.
When you get a project brief, start by mapping out the deliverables and the steps that lead you to the end. This includes action steps and completion date for each step. This action plan serves as your roadmap. Then follow through with doing – making a call, calling for a discussion, delegating the work, etc. Constantly monitor the progress as the days and weeks goes by. This is one way of building credibility because there will be people who notice how you work.

6. Ask For Advice
There is no such thing as a stupid question. The only questions that are stupid are the ones that were never asked. If the project is a first, don’t be shy to run through your plans with your supervisors. Don’t wait till the delivery date to tell your supervisor you don’t know how to start on the project.

7. Accountability
Being in charge of the project does not mean you only see your supervisor at the project briefing and when you deliver the project. The project may be your responsibility but your supervisor and team members are accountable for your delivery. Consistent progress updates are important as silence leads to misinterpretation of your progress. Consistent progress update allows for your supervisor to troubleshoot while keeping your delivery deadline intact. Knowing the importance of accountability will also help you in building credibility.

Building credibility in the workplace is going to take time and patience. But if you consistently do these things, you will see a gradual improvement of your credibility. If you are new at work, you are starting from a clean slate. These tips are perfect for you in building credibility.

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