When one finally lands a job and uses all the tools at his or her disposal to get there – including sucking up (as all is fair in love, war and job search), they are confronted with the dilemma about where to go from here.
They need to decide whether they are going to keep it, and then they have to decide whether they want to get ahead on the job. Sucking up is relatively easy on the job. A suck up can use flattery where they slip in unsolicited support, they can conform to the boss (You like it and so do I) and they can do favours. The trouble is that the sucker will often lose the respect of his or her co-workers.
This is also a risk when a worker has genuine admiration for a boss, and will frequently agree with the boss at all costs.  It all boils down to office politics. How can you excel on the job without looking like a boob?
1. Be part of a team:
Instead of referring to the work that you are doing, refer to the work your team is doing, and show how you are part of that team.
2. Learn to lead:
Be a coach or mentor to team members who are struggling. Give them resources and show them how to use them. Prove to the powers that be that you are ready for the next level. (This is also a great way to hone those leadership skills.
3. Be a handy gadget:
Offer your services to Human Resources as someone who can help ‘onboarding new members. Keep your head up and your stick on the ice and look for opportunities to be helpful.
4. Listen to others:
This is possibly the best way to get ahead on the job. Listen to co-workers and ask questions about what you hear. People love to talk about themselves, and listening to them will give you an opportunity to build your own authenticity.

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .
He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.
He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”
He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.


3 Responses to “SUCKING UP AT WORK”

  1. energywriter Says:

    More good info. I always hated suck-ups, but I’m sure I did some sucking up myself. To me a suck-up is a person who does those things you suggest insincerely. I only did it when I truly respected the person/situation.

  2. energywriter Says:

    Another good post. Left a comment. sd

  3. janieemaus Says:

    Mine is always on the Food Network!

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