Do you go into work early to get a few extra things crossed off your list, to try to get ahead, or even just to catch up?
Chances are you're not getting the same recognition as your colleagues who stay past 5 p.m., according to Management Recruiters International, Cleveland.
As companies strive to recover from a two-year recession, employees are being asked to take on much greater work- loads and this oftentimes leads to more time in the office. But not all hardworking employees are getting noticed, and everyone knows a little recognition can go a long way.
"Despite the fact that putting in the extra time—whether it be in the early morning hours or late at night—potentially leads to greater productivity, workplace early birds do not reap the same rewards, promotions or acknowledgements for their efforts," says Allen Salikof, MRI's president and CEO. "It's simply true that more notice is taken of people who work late than of people who come in early."
However, Salikof offers suggestions to early birds who may not be getting the recognition they deserve:
- Ask if you require keys or a special security code to gain access to the office during off hours.
- Send e-mails with questions or comments while you are doing the work rather than waiting for others to come in. The date and time will be displayed.
- Don't be modest. Tell your boss what you have been able to accomplish by putting in some extra time.
- But Salikof's last suggestion is perhaps the most sound: Worry less about the kudos and make the most of the quiet, uninterrupted work time. Ultimately, you'll be much more productive, which is most important to your supervisor. —H.J.