Ten Ways to Increase Your Chances of Workplace Success
Once you've found a job, you'll want to do everything possible to be successful in the workplace. While a number of factors can affect whether or not you'll be successful, increase your chances by following these basic steps.
6. Fit in with the organization's culture.
Before you can fit in with the culture of an organization, you have to define it. To do so, watch and listen to those around you. You'll quickly get a sense for how you should dress, how much socialization is appropriate, work expectations, how neat to keep your workspace, etc. Also, consider referring to your employee manual.
7. Find ways to be a star employee.
Fitting in with the culture of an organization doesn't mean you should be content with doing the bare minimum. Find ways to take on additional responsibility. For example, volunteer to be a committee leader, take additional training, master new technology, work late when necessary, and develop a reputation for excellent customer service.
8. Conquer negativity.
If you dislike your job duties, supervisor, commute, compensation and/or benefits, you are, to some degree, unhappy in your current job. Negative feelings toward your job can sabotage your chances of workplace success and lead to general unhappiness. To combat negativity, focus on what you enjoy about your job. Do your best to avoid office politics and gossip. Chances are you'll feel worse, not better, after ranting about your boss. Also, never criticize your employer in public--it's considered unprofessional and you never know who may be listening.
9. Take control.
If you are extremely unhappy in your current job, make a list of your job's pros and cons. Then, seek ways to make improvements. If you have a long list of cons, it may be time to look for a new job. However, never quit a job until you have a new one. Our Career Development course provides several useful tools and resources to help you find the career that's right for you.
10. Find a work-life balance.
Work gives a sense of pride and purpose, helps establish an identity, and is a means of providing for our families. While work is important, it's not, and shouldn't be, the only aspect of life. When not working, seek ways to add enrichment to your life.