1. Become familiar with your organization’s mission statement. This should serve as the foundation for all the work you do within the company.
2. Learn how what you do supports your boss’s goals. Understand the ‘big picture.’ Be specific about problems with your job and with concerns about your supervisor. Use “I statements,” such as “I feel frustrated when I don’t get answers to my questions right away.”
3. Figure out office politics. Learn what it takes to get things done in your organization. Who are the ‘movers and shakers?’
4. Build alliances. Create a network of colleagues who can be helpful to you in getting ideas through the company pipeline.
5. Learn how to work with difficult people. Difficult employees are found in every workplace. If you don’t know how to deal with such people, there are many good books on this subject. If you feel yourself getting emotional about an issue, take a deep breath and remind yourself not to be defensive. If there is anything you can agree with, in terms of what’s been said to you, do this before saying anything else. People are always more willing to listen after their observations/ feelings have been validated.
6. Do what you can to make your boss look good. Understand that when you look good, your boss and your department look good also.
7. Volunteer to be on committees or involved in special projects. Invest in your work for more than just a paycheck. You never know where this type of involvement might lead in terms of a new job challenge.
8. If you don’t understand something, ask. It’s ok to ask questions if you’re not sure about something. Remember, there’s no such thing as a silly question if you don’t know the answer.
9. Support your colleagues; celebrate their successes. Be generous in supporting your colleagues and they’ll be generous in supporting you. This will help to build camaraderie and a team identify.
10. Find ways to have fun on the job. Enjoying what you do and having some fun while you do it makes you more productive, not less. This is another way to build cohesive teams.
Heather Uczynski, M.A. Leading Edge Business Consulting
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