It’s natural, to evaluate your current employment situation from time to time and wonder if it might be time for a change. Some will look back on the previous 12 months and decide to seek the success that they’re striving for with another company
It’s natural, to evaluate your current employment situation from time to time and wonder if it might be time for a change. Some will look back on the previous 12 months and decide to seek the success that they’re striving for with another company. But it needn’t be so. Success might be more easily achieved by simply changing your approach to work. With that in mind, here are some top tips to help you nail your career this year.
1. Active listening: Your ability to listen has a major impact on your ability to carry out your job, and on the quality of your relationships with colleagues. By becoming a better listener, you can improve your productivity, as well as your ability to influence, persuade and negotiate.
2. Independent thinking: One of the first things you learn on entering the workplace is the importance of following instructions. But leaders need team members who won’t shy away from the opportunity to challenge the status quo. If you have suggestions, then voice them.
3. Proactivity: The best leaders would prefer not to spend their time micromanaging or hand-holding. Look for opportunities to take charge of tasks and demonstrate your desire for more responsibility.
4. Adaptability: The workplace is in a constant state of flux. Processes, jobs, priorities, markets and leaders are changing all the time, and some of the most valued employees are those who are able to take change in their stride, without being fazed by it.
5. Positivity: Your attitude can have a big impact on your standing in the workplace. The ability to remain upbeat in the face of adversity demonstrates resilience, making you the ‘go-to’ person when things get tough. Even on a day-to-day basis though, showing that you are pleased to be there will put you in good stead.
• Laura Little, Learning and Development Manager, CABA