We all poses different habits while at work. Some days look like they last forever. And we are so used to do some things that we do and actually are not aware that they are all wrong and that we can actually make them better.
These are some of the most common mistakes we usually do at work:
1. Not asking for help by any cause
Yes, we are all good in the stuff that we do (that’s why we were hired right?). But asking for help, from time to time, or even an advice from your colleagues, will not make you weak right? It actually makes you more committed and more acceptable from them because you don’t underestimate their values and skills. This way of reaction is most important in situations when you are in a middle of a more delicate type of project.
So be sure to seek fro advice on time and not when the final stage arrives.
2. Not listening to anyone around you
Listening, is the most crucial part in your daily time you spent at work. When you’re at the verge of some deadline or making some decision, the easiest for you is to not listening the people around you especially those bellow your level.
If you are a company leader, you surely poses a vision for the work you do but you also must set this vision opened to change. Everyone has different perspective and with their contribution you can achieve the highest results. By listening to others ideas you will not only get wider spectrum of options but you will also make others feel much happier by asking them for advice.
3. Not showing your appreciation.
Maybe you’ve listened to someone else’s idea and it’s not going to work, but you should make sure they know their input was valued. Whenever someone tries to help you or others on your team improve, let them know you truly appreciate the effort.
Thank the interns before they leave every day. To let them know you appreciate their hard work, take a short coffee break with your colleagues. It may seem silly to thank people for doing the thing they’re getting paid for, but people work harder when they feel valued. A simple sincere “thank you” will be totally enough.
4. Avoiding opportunities that don’t fit into your plan.
Sometimes jobs, projects and other opportunities come up that don’t fit perfectly into the vision you have for your future. Don’t be so quick to shoot them down. If you hear your colleague could use an extra hand on a project outside your job description, offer to help out.
If an opportunity you didn’t expect to add to your resume presents itself, consider taking it. Whenever there’s something of value in an experience, do it. Maybe you’ll learn a new skill, make some friends or find a passion you never thought you’d have.
5. Waiting to be told what to do.
Be a person who takes initiative. Those are the people who are most valued. When you get an idea that can enrich a project or improve workflow, share it with the rest. If you find yourself ever having too much downtime while on the clock, offer to help others or try something new that could benefit the team.
6. Taking too long to respond or always responding immediately.
You’re busy, so you might not have time to respond to others promptly. There’s nothing wrong with that, but pushing it until too late is inconsiderate to the other person.
They’re expecting an answer and they’re probably busy, too. If you find this is happening often, try to block out some time in your day every day to respond. Even if you can’t deal with it right then and there, let them know their message has been received and it’s on your docket.
On the other hand, responding immediately can have its downside, too. If you rush to respond fast it is quite easy to make any type of mistakes like make spelling errors or forget to include some important attachment or information. This stuff can only make you look disorganized and unprofessional.
Your goal should be to respond timely, correctly and appropriately.
7. Not assuming responsibility for your own professional growth.
No matter what position you’re in, you should always be learning and accumulating skills. When you stop learning in a job, the work becomes uninteresting. You respond to the world based on our own knowledge, talents and experiences. The more you listen the more you learn and better the chance you have to achieve what you want.
Skills will help you get job and, once you’re in the job, you’ll be more valuable. Plus, you can take your skill set wherever you go, whether it be to a new office or a new home.
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