How Reliability Can Help You Keep Credibility at Work

June 7, 2013

Career Advice

Be reliable. It’s our number one tip for new hire success. How do you do it? Why should you do it? If you’re reliable, you’ll build your credibility. And vice versa. Both are key attributes in getting you your next promotion and the respect your hard work deserves.

Reliability, credibility, and respect. Some will argue that you only need two of the three to find success: if you produce great work and meet your deadlines, it’s OK if you’re kind of a jerk to work with. If you are really easy to work with and always meet your deadlines, it’s OK if the final product isn’t perfect. And if you produce great work and are really easy to work with, it’s ok if you miss a few deadlines.

We’re going to argue that you should strive for all three of these qualities. Here’s how you can do it:

Be Reliable.
Meet deadlines. Consistently suggest interesting solutions for problems. Be engaged and interested in conversations and coworkers. Reliability brings trust which brings respect. And it’s hard to be successful without it.

Be Credible.
Produce good work. Do you research. Talk to the right people. Check off all the boxes that need to be checked and follow all the rules. Everything you touch should have your star of approval — and that approval should have a very high bar.

Be Respectful.
Awareness of people’s time and feelings is crucial in the workplace. Everyone is busy, so if you’re invited to a meeting show up on time and engaged — regardless of how stressed out you are. The same goes for each work day. Life is hard, but you have a job to do. So do it right.

About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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