10 On-the-Job Tips
April 17, 2013
Need some advice on how to be successful in your workplace? As you're preparing for summer or post-bar employment, keep the following 10 tips in mind.
- When you're the expert, talk like one.
Don't be overly deferential or modify your statements with things like "I think" or "Maybe" when you are talking to people who are peers or who are ranked higher in the organization.
- Praise publicly and criticize privately.
If you cannot get people who do not report to you to work with you, you will be dead in the water.
- You're the average of the people you spend time with.
Make a point of networking with people who are generally successful, but who also exhibit the kind of work habits you want to emulate.
- Never be good at anything you don't want to do.
The better you get at something, the more you'll be asked to do it. Of course the junior employees have to take on some of the grunt work, but make sure your niche is want you want it to be by being the best at those particular skills.
- Don't present problems without solutions.
hen you present your boss with a problem, also come in with as much knowledge as possible and potential solutions.
- Find things interesting.
If you don't find something interesting, it's your job to find something about it that interests you.
- Own your mistakes and then move on.
Don't try to hide your mistakes or their impacts. Don't blame others; take responsibility and stop obsessing over it. Learn from it, and move on.
- Align your emotional energy with your priorities.
Rank the people and activities in your life in order of importance. Don't spend more emotional energy on someone or something who is ranked last than you are spending on someone or something who is ranked first.
- Be responsive.
It can be easy to ignore certain requests, emails, or calls from people. If you make the effort to respond to everything, you're way ahead of most professionals who tend to ignore a lot.
- Remember, work will still be there tomorrow.
You can wear yourself out trying to cross an ever-retreating finish line, or you can figure out how to approach your work in a meaningful way that addresses what you're really trying to do.