Meeting expectations is a pretty good way to keep your bosses and coworkers satisfied. However, if you want to prove that you're valuable enough to move up, don't just exceed expectations. Set the standard for how your work should be done. Photo by The Natural Step Canada.
As business site Entrepreneur explains, setting the standard for work goes beyond simply doing more than is necessary (which can lead to more work). Setting the standard means defining how well that work is performed on your own, rather than waiting for someone else to do it for you. If you only need to be 80 per cent accurate, but you're consistently reaching 90 per cent, you've set a new standard for how your work should be done:
Do your job. Work hard and let your success do the talking. What every boss wants to see is someone who will work hard, meet their quotas without complaint and perform to the best of their ability. When you're working hard you will get noticed. There is no easy way into a promotion. Your hard work, commitment, good attitude and overall energy to show up for work ready to chase and close deals is what gets you moving up to those next levels.
Of course, it also helps to let your bosses know that you're interested in moving up and doing work higher up the chain. If you want to move up, your bosses will expect that you can handle the work you're already given. If the best you can do is the minimum, it's possible your bosses won't be willing to trust you with more than that.