There's always room for improvement, so here are five methods of enhancing your performance and excelling in your role.
These days we’re constantly swamped with huge amounts of information, which clutters our thinking and stops us from fully switching off. In fact, on average we take in five times as much information each day as we did in 1986.
Add to this that we’re reportedly only able to work at our top level of ability for bursts of ninety minutes, and it becomes physically impossible to peak for an entire day. Taking short breaks where possible will refresh the mind and allow your brain to relax.
Play to your strengths
Everyone works differently. When you find yourself in a new job or running a project, map out how you can achieve key tasks on a daily basis. Employers have chosen you out of numerous candidates, so tailor the role around your own strengths.
Small changes in the workplace can make big differences. Innovation is how a business moves forward.
Ask for feedback
You won’t improve and become the best you can be if you don’t ask for feedback. Most companies have meetings and reviews that examine individual performance one-on-one with a manager. This is a great opportunity to ask some simple questions:
“Is there a specific way in which I can be more effective at work?”
“If I had to improve one thing about my performance, what would it be?”
“How well do I work with the rest of the team?”
If you get some criticism, remember to not take it personally. Everyone receives some form of honest input at work, and we should each use it a means of improving our abilities. Constructive criticism is your friend.
Enter the premises in the morning with a positive mental attitude and you will no doubt improve your ability to work productively. It also has a knock-on effect for the rest of the team, as a can-do approach leads to better staff retention and lays a platform for a more unified and happy workplace.
No one is the finished article; we are always learning new skills and information. It is essential that you embrace this as you progress your career.
At the beginning of each day, challenge yourself to learn a new piece of information on the technical side of the business, or something that at least enhances your productivity. Daring to develop into a more innovative and improved worker will eventually enable you to achieve your full potential.
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