Do you want a pay rise, a promotion, or just looking for your next gig or freelance job? Learning how to improve your performance and add more skills and professional accomplishments to your resume are sure ways to help you move forward in your goals – or generally evolve in you work. Whether you have just started out, or have been in your job for years, there are always ways to improve your performance (and consequently opportunities), and below you will find some useful tips that you can use to stand out in your work (in any industry).
Understand your employer’s goals
Some people work at their job for years without ever really knowing or understanding their employers. This is a mistake that many make in their careers. Could you confidently define what the goals of your company are? Because if not, this is critical information that you need to gain. With out this awareness, how can you know how your role affect these goals, or know what you can do better or more efficiently to impact the company positively?
Don’t be afraid to ask your bosses and co-workers for suggestions – this way you can evolve and stand out.
And, you may want to ask yourself which of your colleagues have been promoted recently and what was it about their ethics and performance that brought him the promotion? If you do not know the answer to that, don’t be afraid to ask them for some tips. Stepping out and opening the channels of communication will mean you can learn from their stories and understand the things that will help you in your development too.
Be there for your team
Being a “team player” is something that all employees are expected to pursue and demonstrate in their role, but it is much more complicated than it sounds.
What does it mean to be a team player?
Well, to excel at your job, you need to learn how to work as a team in your organisation. Begin by finding out what your “teammates” values are and how you are sharing the same mentality as them. They will appreciate you much more when you act on these values or honestly explain why sometimes you don’t agree with them.
Next, find out how you can each work more efficiently together and how you can help carry the load with other members of the team. Going the extra mile or being aware of others is massive in creating team spirit in a work place. Being a friend to your colleagues and helping them out, transforms and boots the work produced.
Then, try to prioritise the team and goals/targets etc – At times this may require you to sacrifice your own priorities. It may mean staying longer to help a colleague or offering a shift change to help a colleague in need. Maybe bring in some treats to lift moral when deadlines are tight or things feel extra busy. Whatever things you try to step it up, remember that being a good teammate and team player not only adds skills to your resume, but it is also appreciated by your teammates and will create a happier working environment too.
Getting to know your colleagues
People who stand out in their work are often associated with people outside their team or department. They know that developing good relationships with people between departments can build bridges and facilitate collaboration.
Different parts of a company can create internal competition and grievances, but if you build bridges of communication with all sides, you will be able to achieve things that others fail at. Every employer values people who can maintain harmony within their business and these are also excellent leadership qualities too.
One of the most challenging things for many people to learn is how to handle constructive criticism. Those who know how to stand out in their work though, know that accepting and using well-meaning critics can improve their performance.
Yes, some bosses are narrow-minded who want everything done their way, but most bosses provide feedback so you can get the job done better and improve/build your expertise and skills. The goal is to incorporate your boss’s constructive criticism into how you do your job correctly. It is best to pay attention to less positive feedback when evaluating your work, but respected feedback can be your road map for how to grow your business and reach your goals.
Keep your productivity consistent
This last tip may seem obvious, but it’s one of the most important. By maintaining your productivity at a high level, you will not only be able to gain confidence in your work environment or move up the ladder, but you are also likely to increase your personal profits in business endeavours. This applies to your work at work and any work you may do from home.
Working from home demands self-discipline and concentration, as well as time management and perseverance to be productive. It is easy to be distracted with home tasks, the TV or generally just slack off a little as no-one is watching like in the office. However, even roles like a voice actor who works from home for example, should be productive if they want to continue to grow in their work. By completing various creative projects from home and using time wisely to practice in your role offers noticeable flexibility and freedom in their work. Consistency in productivity provides more opportunity to work freelance and trusting the services of appropriate agencies like voquent.com that offer professional options to all new voice actors (or one for your field of work) can greatly help you evolve in your work.
Opportunities are all around and your next one could be right around the corner. Don’t be afraid to seek guidance or find ways you can evolve in your work and be ready to climb the ladder in your field.