When working in a business, being good at your job always goes a long way. When you are employed to do a role, a business will obviously expect you to complete the role you are employed for. Going to work, doing your job and going home is fine, but you will not stand out. If you are looking for progression in your workplace, it is so important to take initiative. Taking initiative will show your employer that you are willing to go outside of the comfort zone of your role which can lead to better things. Recently we managed to catch a masterclass regarding initiative with extremely successful Hermin Salak. Included below are some ways of taking initiative and how this can help you to progress in your workplace
Always Look to Improve
Even if you are doing your job well, you should always look at ways to improve. If you have been doing the same job over a long period of time, you will fall into repetition. Whilst this isn’t always a bad thing, it is so important to always look at ways you can improve. They saying goes don’t fix it if it isn’t broken, if it works it works etc. It is not a bad motto to live by, but it will not make you stand out to your employers. Be creative and even if something isn’t ‘broken’ there is no harm in thinking of ways to improve it. This will show employers that you are constantly trying to improve on an individual level.
Always Do More
Within your workplace, there will be so many people that are doing their work as they should be. They will be completing what is expected of them. So the question is, how do you stand out? Another good way to stand out is by always doing more than what’s expected of you. You should always be looking to compete extra tasks or helping the business out in whatever way you can. Do favors for the business, if they are needing people to do overtime, do it. This will obviously earn you more, but this will allow your employer to always rely on you. It will make you stand out.
A good way to get noticed is simply by talking. Talking is such a valuable way of standing out to your employers. There are various amounts of ways that talking can benefit you. If you have an idea that you think will benefit the business, don’t sit on it. Take your ideas to management and this will show you are using your own initiative to help the business. When you are in team meeting always ask questions. Make your voice one that is always heard and show that you care about your work. Never be afraid to promote yourself, if you think you are doing a brilliant job, let management know about it. If a promotion comes up, sell yourself to management. Talk about all of the things that you are doing differently to everyone else. Confidence goes a long way.
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