Survive and thrive in the workplace
In any job, there are opportunities and pitfalls. Take the opportunities and avoid the pitfalls. Here are 12 key things to take account of.
- Take your time and get to know the people and what they do.
- You will be given initial support and guidance, but look for ways in which you can start to show initiative and independence.
- Remember that other people have ambitions. They can be helpful, but they will not sacrifice themselves for you.
- People already in the organisation will expect to remain ahead of you. They may not be as cooperative as you might have hoped.
- What are the expectations on you and your team? Which organisational goals does your job contribute to?
- What is the environment in which your organisation and team operate?
- What are the obstacles you all face in trying to achieve the organisation’s goals. This can affect what you do and how you do things.
- There are many ways to assist and support colleagues — their success is important in contributing to the success of the team and the organisation.
- Support them effectively and they will support you.
- Your job requirements include the responsibilities written into your job description or contract.
- Less formal aspects of supporting colleagues in your team are also important and must not be neglected.
- Everybody can benefit from working constructively together.
- Job requirements are generally concerned with achieving outcomes and not simply doing certain things in a specified way.
- Plan the best ways to do things to meet targets but make sure you don’t neglect your other responsibilities.
- Keep a firm grip on things that you are currently doing and be aware of things on the horizon.
- Assess what any offer of new work might involve. Do you have the skills and resources? Will it jeopardise current commitments?
- Under-promise and over-deliver.
- Develop your enabling skills to work more efficiently and effectively. This enables you to get more things done and gives you time to relax and recuperate.
- Try to resolves mistakes yourself, but don't be afraid to seek guidance and learn for the future.
- Be conscientious and effective by delivering on time those things you have promised.
- Ensure that you complete your tasks – things put to one side have a nasty habit of getting forgotten.
- Look out for opportunities that provide experience to expand your effectiveness and your repertoire.
- Opportunities can provide evidence for a prospective promotion or a new job, and can help build your future.
- Support your manager in working in the best interests of the organisation.
- A good manager should welcome constructive input and opinion. However, be mindful of how you present these.
- Your manager is key to providing opportunities for you, so demonstrate that you are conscientious, effective and worth supporting.
- Here you will find further guidance and methods to help you get where you need to be.
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