- 15 Quick Tips for Excelling at Work – Integrated Talent Strategies
- Here’s our list of the 15 best tips for how to excel in your job at work
- 6 Secrets To Perform Better And Even Excel At Work
- 1. Break your dreams down into specific and measurable steps
- 2. Have at least one clearly defined goal for every interest and role in your life
- 3. Align your goals with your life’s mission, purpose and passion
- 4. Create goals that ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action
- 5. Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail
- 6. Commit to hitting each of your targets without exception
- 7. Share your goals with others to motivate each other
- 8. Set a series of daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting times and deadlines
- 9. Take 10 minutes every day to imagine how great it will feel to achieve your goals
- 10. Take an action step toward reaching your goals every day
- The Bottom Line
- More Tips About Setting & Achieving Goals
- Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work
- 1. Trim the fat
- 2. Measure your results, not your time
- 3. Have an attitude adjustment
- 4. Communicate, communicate, communicate
- 5. Create and stick to a routine
- 6. Automate more tasks
- 7. Stop multitasking
- 8. Take advantage of your procrastination
- 9. Relieve stress
- 10. Do more of the work you enjoy
- 14 Ways To Be Better At Your Job In 2014
- 10 Ways to Be Instantly Better at Work
15 Quick Tips for Excelling at Work – Integrated Talent Strategies
Most of us want to be good employees — and most of us want to excel at our jobs. To be a successful employee and excel at work, though, is not simply a matter of being good at what you do. Being a successful employee also involves issues such as professionalism, attitude, and teamwork — all of which is the thrust of this article.
Here’s our list of the 15 best tips for how to excel in your job at work
- Learn how to perform your job well. There’s a big difference between just doing your job and doing your job well — and with pride. Making the extra effort, ratcheting up your game a notch or two, and taking steps to fill any voids in your work will all help you shine in your job.
- Work hard. It used to be that just showing up for work was enough to get by in some companies, but those days are long gone. Today, you not only have to show up and be at your job the full day (arriving on time and not leaving early), but also put in a full day of work. Keep personal calls, emails, texts, and the to a minimum.
- Act professionally. No matter what your job, it’s important to be serious and focused on what you do — and act professionally in all situations. There’s a time and place for fooling around, and it is not the workplace. Professionals follow the rules and are courteous, friendly, and tactful. Acting professionally also means dressing appropriately for your job.
- Express positive attitude. You don’t have to be “Cheerful Sally” — in fact, don’t be or you might not be taken seriously — but having a positive and go-get’em disposition is important. People working with — and helping — co-workers with a positive attitude. People with negative attitudes — “Debbie Downer” — drag everyone around them down.
- Take initiative. You may be very good at your job — and that is important — but do you ever try to push the limits of your work? In other words, do you ever consider better ways you could do your job — or better ways your department could work — and make suggestions to your boss? Just do not confuse taking initiative with knowing it all.
- Be a good team player. To be successful in most jobs today, workers must also be good team players. Review how well you work in teams, examining key issues such as communications, working relationships, team successes (and failures). For a reality check, you might consider asking a few teammates for some honest feedback. You might also want to take our free teamwork assessment, Are You a Team Player? A Quintessential Careers Quiz.
- Know your boss. You don’t have to be best friends with your boss; in fact, you don’t even need to your boss. You should, however, know your boss. In other words, the better you understand how your boss thinks, acts, and manages, the better you perform your job to his/her expectations and demands.
- Understand your employer. Some people work at their jobs for years without really knowing or understanding their employer. Taking the time to understand the organization’s mission, goals, strategies, and products/services will help you better understand your role within it — and the value of the job you provide.
- Take (constructive) criticism gracefully. One of the hardest things for all of us to learn is how to handle constructive criticism — and how to use these critiques to improve our performance on the job. Yes, some bosses are truly nit-pickers, wanting everything done their way or not at all, but most bosses are simply providing feedback so you can perform your job better… so you can excel at your work.
- Cultivate relationships. Having workplace friendships with some of the folks who work with or near you is usually a positive element in job satisfaction — which should result in greater motivation to perform your job to the best of your abilities. Just be sure you make friends with positive people who, you, are focused on excelling at their work.
- Take opportunities to learn new skills, jobs. The longer we work at one job, the more ly we’ll get bored with it — perhaps just going through the motions — until we are no longer excelling in our jobs. One way around this problem is taking opportunities for additional educational and training when your employer offers them.
- Be part of the solution. Don’t be the worker everyone hates — the one who is always quick to point out the problems… while offering no solutions. Instead, when possible, strive to be a problem-solver. Problem-solvers are a valuable commodity in every workplace.
- Avoid gossip. It should go without saying — but we’re saying it anyway — that it’s always best to turn a deaf ear to gossip and rumors. No matter how good a worker you may be, getting caught in the web of gossip will quickly downgrade your standing with your boss and employer.
- Volunteer for new projects. Whether to seek a little variety with your job or to try to score some points with the boss, volunteering to take on additional work and responsibilities can lead to greater job satisfaction, better work performance, and perhaps even a new direction for your career.
- Mentor new employees and younger workers. One of the greatest goods in the workplace is when an experienced worker mentors a younger, inexperienced worker. Helping the new worker learn the ropes will provide you great personal satisfaction — and will also put you in good standing with the boss.
For most of us, it’s important to strive to be the best worker we can be — to excel at our jobs. It’s not necessarily about impressing the bosses and obtaining a promotion (though you may desire that down the road) — it’s more about having a sense of accomplishment for a job well done.Finally, remember that when you are the person that’s new to the job — or learning a new task — it’s always better to ask questions (even repeating the same ones until you fully understand the answer) than to proceed blindly and stumble so badly that you have no chance of recovering.While there is no such thing as job security anymore, following the tips in this article should help you become an indispensable member of the organization’s team.
This article was written by Randall Hansen | 2017
6 Secrets To Perform Better And Even Excel At Work
Last Updated on April 22, 2020
Does it ever feel the things you want to accomplish always end up on the back burner? If the answer to that question is “yes,” you’re not alone. Only about 33% of people consistently work toward their goals. In some cases, their goals may seem too lofty to accomplish, or else they aren’t sure how to make a plan for them.
If you don’t come up with concrete steps to take toward your goals, they’ll remain dreams. There’s nothing wrong with being a dreamer, but being able to turn your dreams into goals you can realize will help you lead a happier and more fulfilling life.
Luckily, you can realize almost any dream when you harness the right goal-setting methods.
In this article, I’ll show you how to achieve goals and get closer to your success.
1. Break your dreams down into specific and measurable steps
We couldn’t talk about goal-setting without mentioning SMART goals.
SMART goals are specific, measurable, assignable, realistic, and time-related.
Specific and measurable steps are so important because if we don’t know what our target it, how can we ever hit it?
Take all those beautiful dreams you have for yourself and make them into things you can actually do. If you want to be an entrepreneur, for example, a step toward realizing your dream might be researching what you’ll need to start your business.
Find out more tips about utilizing SMART goals here:
How to Use SMART Goal to Become Highly Successful in Life
2. Have at least one clearly defined goal for every interest and role in your life
It’s so easy to become complacent or stagnate. We often think that our careers are the only places where we need to set goals, but we aren’t only what we do.
To make the most of your life, take the approach that you’re always learning and growing in everything you do. Anything worth doing is worth doing well after all.
Set goals whether you’re sponsoring an activity for your child, taking up guitar lessons or trying to prove your worth at work.
You’ll notice that this approach forces you to constantly develop new skills. It can also be fulfilling to put more focus and value into all areas of your life— not just the ones related to our careers.
3. Align your goals with your life’s mission, purpose and passion
Take the opportunity to do some soul-searching. What is it that you want to do with this precious life of yours?
Anything that conflicts with your life’s purpose is bound to cause discontent. Staying in a bad relationship, doing a job that goes against your values, or maintaining the status quo just because it’s comfortable are not options for you.
Thinking about your goals in this way can help you eliminate things in your life that don’t serve you. This frees up mental space that you can use to do the things you care about the most.
Many of us struggle to find the time to work on our goals, but this strategy enables you to make more time.
4. Create goals that ignite your spirit and inspire you to take action
If you can’t be fired up about your goals from the start, they might not be good goals for you.
The road to success is often tough. You’re going to have times when you might feel tired or discouraged.
You need to feel inspired enough that you’ll be able to overcome obstacles as you encounter them.
If what you’re doing motivates you to be the greatest version of yourself, you’ll be much more resilient.
5. Write down all your goals in specific, measurable detail
This is your road map for what success will look . The more you define what you want the finished product to be, the greater the chance that you’ll reach that vision.
When you write down your goals, you’re creating a document that you can revisit to make sure you’re on track.
When you’re in the middle of achieving goals, it can be hard to see what’s working for you. The things you write in this step will help you stay on-message as you take your goals your mind and into the real world.
Don’t just write down your goals and stash them away in a folder somewhere. Take the extra step to put them somewhere where you’ll see them.
If you have too many goals to post on your desk, write a summary or choose one or two steps to work on for the day. Just seeing them will keep them in the front of your mind.
6. Commit to hitting each of your targets without exception
You wouldn’t have created the target if you didn’t think it was necessary. Hold yourself accountable for taking the steps to succeed.
You can always adapt your strategy or break your targets into smaller steps if you find that they aren’t attainable as you originally wrote them.
Hitting even the smallest target is cause for a celebration. It’s a step in the positive direction. Your success will make you crave more success.
We often make excuses when we get tired or overwhelmed. Take away the option to make excuses. You will only be satisfied with the best effort from yourself.
7. Share your goals with others to motivate each other
There’s something so powerful about people sharing their goals and dreams with one another. Doing so gives voice to some part of us that could remain hidden (and therefore never be accomplished).
When other people know about your goals, they can cheer you on and hold you accountable. When people share their vision with you, you can do the same for them.
This strategy is particularly beneficial when you’re trying to develop healthy habits. Post about your workout on social media, or do a healthy eating challenge with your best friend. You’ll be less ly to slack when temptation arises, and you’ll probably encourage someone else to reach for their goals too.
8. Set a series of daily, weekly and long-term goals, complete with starting times and deadlines
Many goals never reach realization simply because the goal-setter doesn’t check their progress. People tend to forget what they set out to do, or their goal gets crowded out by other obligations.
Forcing yourself to revisit your goals at regular intervals breaks them into smaller steps and it reminds you to think about them.
Giving yourself regular deadlines for smaller tasks related to your goals also helps you reflect on your strategy. You’ll figure out what works for you, whether your timeline is realistic, and whether or not you need additional help to stay on track.
In addition, celebrating small wins helps you stay motivated. Here’s how:
How To Celebrate Small Wins To Achieve Big Goals
9. Take 10 minutes every day to imagine how great it will feel to achieve your goals
Visualization is such a powerful tool. Some of the most successful athletes, celebrities and business people take time each day to think about how success looks and feels for them. Imagining that feeling of satisfaction can be a great motivator.
When you do meet your goals, take some time to be grateful. Thank yourself for showing up and doing the work. Be grateful when the stars align properly to help you advance to the next step.
It’s not just getting to the destination of your goals that matters. How you take the journey is important too.
10. Take an action step toward reaching your goals every day
Your goals can easily get buried in the hustle and the bustle. Even the smallest step in the right direction is still moving you forward.
Keep chipping away at the work every day and before long, you’ll start to see those dreams come to life.
Maybe you didn’t start your business today but you designed the logo that’s going to go on your website and business cards. Doing that task well is going to help you so much in the long run.
Concrete actions day by day draw your dreams obscurity and into the realm of possibility.
The Bottom Line
Dreams can inspire and overwhelm us. By turning our dreams into goals that we can work toward, we increase our chances of success. Things that once seemed impossible are suddenly within reach.
It’s time to start turning your dreams into goals and your goals into realities. Change begins today.
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Work Smarter, Not Harder: 10 Ways to Be More Effective at Work
Regardless of your job or industry, there aren't always enough hours in the day to get everything done. As a result, you constantly feel you're always behind. And that's just not good for your productivity or your health.
So, what's the answer? Work more hours?
Not necessarily. As Bob Sullivan explained on CNBC.
com, “Research that attempts to quantify the relationship between hours worked and productivity found that employee output falls sharply after a 50-hour work-week, and falls off a cliff after 55 hours — so much so that someone who puts in 70 hours produces nothing more with those extra 15 hours, according to a study published last year by John Pencavel of Stanford University.”
Instead of putting in those extra hours, you can become more effective at work by focusing on what really matters. And you can get started with that ASAP by following these ten simple tips.
1. Trim the fat
You've just been assigned a major project. Naturally your mind is racing with a million different thoughts on where to start and what you'll need to get the job done on time. As a result, you start creating a to-do-list that is massively bulky.
The problem with these out-of-control to-do-lists is that they're overwhelming and prevent you from being productive. That's because you're multitasking and directing your energy to unimportant tasks and activities.
Instead, keep your to-to-lists lean and mean by only focusing on your 3 to 5 most urgent, important, and challenging tasks for the day, aka your Most Important Task (MIT). Focus on one task at a time before moving on to less critical tasks. When you do, you'll feel more productive and less anxious.
Lou Babauta of ZenHabits suggests that at least one of your MITs should be related to your goals and you should work on them in the AM Whether if it's at home or in the office, tackle your MIT first thing in morning.
According to Lou, “If you put them off to later, you will get busy and run time to do them. Get them the way, and the rest of the day is gravy!”
2. Measure your results, not your time
When it comes to productivity we often focus on how long something takes to complete; as opposed to what we actually accomplished in a day. For example, you just spent four hours writing a 1,000-word blog post. You may be be a bit bummed since that took a nice chunk your day.
But, what if you focused on the smaller parts of the blog post? For example, you broke into five 200-word sections, formatted it properly, added headings, ran a spellcheck and added images. Suddenly you realize you actually completed a lot in that timeframe.
In fact, research from the Behance team found “that placing importance on hours and physical presence over action and results leads to a culture of inefficiency (and anxiety).”
“The pressure of being required to sit at your desk until a certain time creates a factory- culture that ignores a few basic laws of idea generation and human nature: (1) When the brain is tired, it doesn't work well, (2) Idea generation happens on its own terms, (3) When you feel forced to execute beyond your capacity, you begin to hate what you are doing.”
One way to assist you with measuring results instead of time is by generating done lists. This is simply an ongoing log of everything you completed in a day. By keeping this list you'll feel more motivated and focused since you can actually see what you accomplished.
Additionally, according to Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich, done lists allow “you to review your day, gives you a chance to celebrate your accomplishments, and helps you plan more effectively.”
3. Have an attitude adjustment
The team over at Mind Tools state that we're more effective at work when we have a “positive attitude.”
“People with a good attitude take the initiative whenever they can. They willingly help a colleague in need, they pick up the slack when someone is off sick, and they make sure that their work is done to the highest standards.”
And, you'll never hear them say that their work is “Good enough.” That's because they go above and beyond.
Furthermore, a good attitude at work will help you set standards for your work, ensure that you're taking responsibility for yourself, and make decisions easier since they're your intuition. “This admirable trait is hard to find in many organizations. But demonstrating ethical decision-making and integrity could open many doors for you in the future.”
4. Communicate, communicate, communicate
Regardless if you're freelancer, entrepreneur, or employee, there will be times when you will have to work with others. As such, you should strengthen your communication and collaboration skills. When you do, you'll eliminate unnecessary rework and wasted time from straightening out any misunderstandings and miscommunications.
You can start by enhancing your active listening skills and staying on one topic when communicating. For example, when composing an email, keep it short and to point. Don't throw too much information in the message since it will only confuse the recipient.
5. Create and stick to a routine
“We are creatures of habit, and so are our brains. When we establish routines, we can carry out tasks faster since we don't have to 'think' about the task – or prepare for it – as much, and can work on autopilot,” says Hallie Crawford, a certified career coach, speaker, and author.
For me, I use an online calendar management tool to create and stick to the following routine:
6. Automate more tasks
Want to the secret of getting more done? Reduce the amount of decisions you have to make throughout the day. That's why Mark Zuckerberg wore that same outfit for years. Most days he still does. It prevented fatigue. I will say though, I tried this and it was hard on my relationship with my wife. Make sure you find your balance.
“The counterintuitive secret to getting things done is to make them more automatic, so they require less energy,” wrote Tony Schwartz, president and CEO of The Energy Project, in the Harvard Business Review.
“It turns out we each have one reservoir of will and discipline, and it gets progressively depleted by any act of conscious self-regulation. In other words, if you spend energy trying to resist a fragrant chocolate chip cookie, you'll have less energy left over to solve a difficult problem. Will and discipline decline inexorably as the day wears on.”
In other words, build routines and habits so that you're not deciding. You're just doing. Hence why Zuck wore the same clothes everyday. By eliminating those silly or frivolous, he could focus all of his energy on more important work decisions.
7. Stop multitasking
We all believe that we're multitaskers. In fact, humans just aren't capable of doing multiple things at once.
“People can't multitask very well, and when people say they can, they're deluding themselves,” said neuroscientist Earl Miller. “The brain is very good at deluding itself.”
Instead, we're simply shifting our attention from one task to another very quickly.
“Switching from task to task, you think you're actually paying attention to everything around you at the same time. But you're actually not,” Miller said.
“You're not paying attention to one or two things simultaneously, but switching between them very rapidly.”
In fact, researchers have found that they can actually see the brain struggling when multitasking.
So the next time you have the urge to multitask, stop. Take a breather and then go back to focus on the one thing that needs to get done right now. Once that's done, then you can move on to something else.
8. Take advantage of your procrastination
This may sound counterproductive. But, there's actually a method to the madness here.
According to Parkinson's Law, which was named after after historian Cyril Northcote Parkinson, “If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do.”
Think about it. You've had a deadline at work looming over your head for a month, but you just cranked it during the final week.
This doesn't give you permission to wait until the 11th hour. It does, according to Thai Nguyen of the TheUtopianLife.com, provide “great leverage for efficiency: imposing shorter deadlines for a task, or scheduling an earlier meeting.”
9. Relieve stress
Since stress can cause physical, emotional, and behavioral problems – which can impact your health, energy, well-being, and mental alertness – it's no surprise that stress hinders your work performance.
The good news is that you may be able to relieve that workplace stress.
According to the American Psychological Association, “the most effective stress-relief strategies are exercising or playing sports, praying or attending a religious service, reading, listening to music, spending time with friends or family, getting a massage, going outside for a walk, meditating or doing yoga, and spending time with a creative hobby.”
The least effective strategies, however “are gambling, shopping, smoking, drinking, eating, playing video games, surfing the Internet, and watching TV or movies for more than two hours.”
Another effective stress management technique is to increase your control of a situation in advance. You can start by planning tomorrow the night before and sticking to your routine. This way you know what to expect in the morning.
10. Do more of the work you enjoy
Not everyone is privileged enough to do what you love for a living. Even if you are chasing your dreams and following your passions, there will still be tasks you're not fond of doing. In either case, focus more on the work that you actually enjoy doing.
For example, if you're a chef, then you obviously have a love for cooking. Instead of spending your days doing administrative tasks, outsource or delegate those tasks so that you can spend more time in the kitchen or at the market finding fresh ingredients.
When you do, you'll feel more fulfilled, inspired, challenged, and productive.
Published on: Dec 29, 2017
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14 Ways To Be Better At Your Job In 2014
With a new year approaching, many people have an “out with the old and in with the new” mentality—and work is usually a big part of that, says corporate veteran Andy Teach.
“No one has a perfect work life and there is always room for improvement,” says Teach, author of From Graduation to Corporation: The Practical Guide to Climbing the Corporate Ladder One Rung at a Time. “Most people aspire to be better at their jobs because it results in increased happiness and personal satisfaction.”
Why do people typically feel this way toward the end of the year?
Shawnice Meador, director of career management and leadership development at MBA@UNC, says most employees have had their year-end performance review at this point, and they now have a “clearer view of their strengths, weaknesses and goals laid out for them by their employers.”
Others will take time off from work before the New Year begins, and they’ll have time to decompress and reflect on the past 12 months, she adds. “Since people spend a lot of time at work throughout the year, work tends to be a big part of the ‘new year, new me’ attitude.”
Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert and author of Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant; How to Manage Childish Boss Behavior and Thrive in Your Job, says, “When you read ‘Jan.
1’ on your calendar, it’s numerically and psychologically a fresh start.
We spend most of our waking hours at work, so it’s natural that you’ll reflect on your work life and career from a broader perspective around New Year’s, and strive to be a better employee in the coming year.”
If you’re feeling that way—here’s are 14 things you can do to be better at your job in 2014:
1. Anticipate your department’s needs.
“Being a reliable source for your department leader and seeing opportunities for your department to improve are great ways to be better at your job,” Meador says.
“Take on tasks that your department leader may not need to oversee directly and present a finished product to him or her.
” Seeing this initiative from you often helps them understand that you can handle tasks proactively and things will not be falling solely on their shoulders.
2. Get to know your boss better.
Your boss controls your destiny so it’s in your best interest to get to know them better both personally and professionally, Teach says.
“It doesn’t mean you need to be friends with them or hang out with them, but you do need to learn what makes them tick. The more you communicate with your boss, the better it is for you.
” While you’re at it, get to know your boss’s boss as well, he suggests.
3. Assume success.
“Your positive attitude can be seen in your facial expression, posture, tone and speed of your voice,” Taylor says. “Be confident in your work. You’re uniquely qualified to do exactly what you do.” Imagine that everything you contribute helps the bottom line, she says. “Even when things are dicey, you can challenge yourself in 2014 to use setbacks as opportunities.”
4. Study your industry.
Your industry is constantly changing and you need to keep up with what’s happening now, Teach says. “Most industries have trade magazines or websites that have the latest news in that industry. It’s important to read these so that you are well informed and can discuss recent industry events and changes with your co-workers, supervisors, and management. Information is power.”
5. Always come to the table with a solution.
Offering a solution or idea is only half of the equation and many managers feel that an idea without an action plan will only create more work for them, Meador says.
“Share ideas with context and a clear path for implementation for the leader to evaluate.
” The more you present any issues with recommended solutions and then implement those solutions in a timely and effective manner, the more the leadership team will rely on you and think about you for future projects and new responsibilities, she says.
6. Find a mentor.
Everyone needs someone to teach them the ropes; to guide them through their career, Teach says. “Find someone at your company whom you respect and want to learn from.
You don’t need to directly ask them to be your mentor, just keep the communication lines open and take them out to lunch once in a while.
” You can talk to them about non-work interests as well–but when you need work advice, they’ll be there for you.
7. Improve your communication skills.
One of the most common mistakes made by both managers and employees today, is that too often, both are afraid to come to the table and talk about underlying issues, Taylor says.
“Fear of confrontation is so overwhelming, but if you communicate boldly, more frequently, and honestly in 2014, and you’re not afraid to work through conflict, you’ll ly reduce your stress and be a better worker.
” Too much time is spent dwelling on misunderstood employee communications, which, if left unaddressed, eventually leads to conflict. “And an ever-tempting, over-reliance on technology with its benefits of brevity and immediacy can exacerbate that.”
8. Work harder and smarter.
Some employees set limits and boundaries for themselves as far as the number of hours worked or how much work they’re willing to do on a project. “It’s important to go outside these boundaries and go with the flow,” Teach says. “Having said this, working harder is not enough. The key is to be able to work smarter so that you’re maximizing your abilities and making the most your time.”
9. Don’t overwork yourself.
If you’re already an overachiever, have been dubbed a “workaholic,” or are generally exhausted, then you need to slow down and break the habit of setting impossible goals for yourself in the New Year, Taylor says. “You may have to recalibrate and expect, say 75% of your workload to be achieved in a set period in order to feel fulfilled. If you’re a manager, this approach may take some of undue pressure off staff, too.”
10. Volunteer to get involved with special projects, particularly those across business units.
The more you can help across all business units, the better, Meador says. “Lending expertise, time and effort to other teams will help you get to know other aspects of the business as well as help you connect with people across the company,” she says. “However, remember that your current position and duties are the most important, so be sure not to bite off more than you can chew.”
11. See the big picture.
There are many employees who only focus on what they’re doing, which prevents them from seeing the big picture. “You’re just one piece of the puzzle and the puzzle isn’t complete until all of the pieces are in place,” Teach says. Find out what your co-workers are doing and what your supervisor is doing.
By getting a better understanding of the big picture, it will become clearer to you why you’ve been asked to complete certain projects.
“Additionally, it’s a great learning experience which can help prepare you for a higher level position since managers and supervisors need to see the big picture in order to become successful,” he adds.
12. Invest in continuous learning to stay on top of your game.
Many companies encourage employees to go back to school and pick up courses that can help them do their job better, Meador says. “If you are pursuing an MBA, try to immediately translate your newly gained business knowledge into tangible action at work, as this can grab the attention of company decision makers and show them what you can do for the company.”
13. Ask the right questions.
Aside from observing people at work, there is probably no better way of learning than by asking questions, especially the right questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Think about what you want to know before you ask about it and don’t ask so many questions that people will think that you’re taking up too much of their time.
Of course, when you get answers to your questions, it could raise more questions but if you truly want to learn and better yourself, ask away.
14. Follow through on all tasks and commitments.
“One of the most important things you can do as an employee is to follow through on work commitments,” Meador says. “Do what you say you are going to do in a quality manner, on time and on budget.
” Your co-workers and management will see a pattern of reliability from you, which should increase their trust and confidence in your work, she adds.
“Over time, this should translate into key leadership taking notice of the value you bring to the organization, and may lead to challenging, promotional opportunities down the road.”
Other easy ways to be better at you job in 2014: Pay more attention to detail; stop complaining; become more of a team player; and go above and beyond.
From an employee perspective, the more you show your dedication, commitment, abilities and potential to your employer, the more it will help you when it’s review time next year, Meador says.
Doing better at your job can lead to more sizeable monetary rewards, as well as “stretch” assignments and promotional opportunities. “Employers may even think about where your skills and abilities can be leveraged around the company, not just in your current position. Being better at your job can only help you.
The better you are, the more people notice and the more opportunities may arise for you at work in the long run,” she concludes.
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10 Ways to Be Instantly Better at Work
April 18, 2016
Whether you’re starting a brand-new job or you’re just feeling you haven’t been performing to your maximum level at your current job, there are things you can do outside of your daily work assignments that can help you be a better employee. And the best part is, these particular things require absolutely zero talent. (And even when your self-esteem is at its lowest, you know you’re doing better than that.)
By making these tips a part of your daily routine, you can impress your boss not only with your ability to get stuff done, but also with your genuine awesomeness as a human being and co-worker. Here’s what you need to do.
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Be on Time
It sounds very basic, but being on time for work shows that you’re a reliable employee. And just by showing up to work when you’re supposed to, you instantly look better than those who trickle in after you.
For your own benefit, getting to work on time (or even a little bit before) allows you enough time to settle in and get ready for the day ahead.
Use this time to check your emails and make sure there are no fires to put out.
Show Your Work Ethic
Showing that you have a strong work ethic doesn’t mean conquering mountains.
Demonstrating that you have a good work ethic can be as easy as volunteering to solve a problem that has been plaguing your team for a while but that nobody has had the time to fix.
It could even be as simple as finding a way to automate a report that previously had to be done manually. If you can find small problems to fix, you can show your team that you have a solid work ethic.
Put in Some Effort
Take the time to do things right. If you’re working on project deliverables, double- and triple-check your spelling. Spend the extra effort to make sure what you’re working on looks perfect and the product of someone who really cares enough to make it great.
Work on Your Body Language
Body language says more about you than you might think. Lucky for us, body language is something we can constantly work on and practice. For example, if you tend to slouch your shoulders and back, try sitting up the entire day.
If you’re in a conversation with your boss, make sure that you have good eye contact and aren’t crossing your arms you’re bored. Instead, try relaxing your arms and putting your hands together in front of you while you listen.
Have Some Energy
Perhaps that means getting an extra hour of sleep at night, or having an extra cup of espresso in the morning. Either way, being the person that brings energy and life into the office can make you a more desirable person to be around.
Positive energy can be contagious, especially in a place that can be super boring, the workplace.
I don’t mean that you have to be entering the office doing jumping jacks, but not being completely exhausted when you go into work can help you produce better work and make the office a better place in general.
Have a Positive Attitude
Your attitude at work is so important to your overall success. When you go into work, make sure you put on your best attitude as soon as you enter those doors.
Just by staying positive, you’re setting the trend for your co-workers to be positive too. Although it’s much easier to sit around and complain, this can negatively impact your own work, whether you want it to or not.
In general, having a positive attitude just makes work better for everyone. Don’t be a negative Nancy.
Show Your Passion
Within your field of work, is there one particular aspect that you are super passionate about? If so, harness that passion into a side project that can make things better for your company or for your team. Going the extra mile for something you’re passionate about shows your manager that you’re capable of more than just your current focus and could possibly lead to a better career path for you.
If you aren’t coachable, that means you aren’t open to learning new things and building on your skills. To your managers and your peers, this translates to appearing as if you’re unwilling to better yourself or the company. In order to be the best employee you can be, you should always be learning and be open to new experiences and ways of doing things.
Do Something Extra
This doesn’t mean that you need to stay at work after-hours with your head down on a project. Doing something extra could be as easy as creating something fun for your team to participate in together.
For example, you could do a monthly Tinypulse poll for your team. Have everyone vote for who they think was the all-star of your team that month and award the winner with a small prize and a little recognition.
Even the small things can have a big impact.
An easy way to be prepared is to know exactly what you’re going to be working on in a given day at work. To make this easier on yourself, at the end of each workday, make a task list for the next day.
If you have a meeting to go to off-campus, make sure you know exactly what it’s about and that you are bringing the right materials and have read the right documentation. Make sure you already know which trains and buses you need to take, and what time you need to leave so you can get there on time.
It’s the little things this that can make your day go significantly smoother and with less stress.
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