9 Characteristics of Top Performers

Find Out What It Takes to Become a "Go-To" Employee

6. Be Social

While an office badge may be required for security purposes, the Go-To is likely a recognizable face in the building. He isn’t "that tall guy in marketing." He’s "Mike who handled the Walker Project." Because everyone knows Mike.

You’re less likely to be top of mind for a problem-solving opportunity if hibernating from 9 to 5 in your cubicle, so make an effort to connect with others on an ongoing basis. Vary your path through the office to maintain more points of contact. Smile, nod, connect. The more people know you and see you as an indispensable part of the company, the better off you are.