What are some tips for succeeding in the workplace? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.
Be so organized that you are one or two steps ahead so that you are proactive.
Take initiative. I see so many talented people who identify problems or inefficiencies, but bring nothing to the table as far as solutions. Find needs and suggest solutions.
Avoid gossip and cliques. You don't want to be thought of as petty, lose trust, or be pigeonholed with exclusive groups.
Be willing to embrace new ideas and try new things. Learn what resources are available to you, who are good go-to people to ask for assistance or resources when you are stuck.
Cheer on your fellow workers for their achievements. Send recognition for efforts above and beyond to their bosses. Have some thank-you notes on hand and write a personal note, maybe even send a small gift.
Learn to communicate well by email. Be clear, concise, and organized about what you are trying to accomplish. Re-read what you are sending 2-3 times before hitting 'send.'
Take a few minutes before you walk in the door at work to set the tone, have a game plan, and envision yourself successfully getting off to a good start. Walk in with your head held high and a smile on your face. Greet people and engage. If you walk in glued to your phone with your headphones on, you send a message loud and clear that people are not important, nor is common courtesy. Look at all of your messages before you walk in the door, or wait until you are in a place to do it later.
When things go wrong, as is inevitable, do not throw people under the bus. The mistake they made may be your own one day. If you make a mistake, own up to it, find ways to prevent it from happening again, seek counsel or advice from those who may have insight and a better understanding of how to deal with difficult situations.
Manage your time. Keep a list of tasks handy. If you are asked to do something that takes 10 minutes to accomplish, do it on the spot and respond that it is done, rather than saying you will get to it. This saves time and inbox space. Then get back to your larger tasks at hand. Block out time on your calendar to tackle parts of projects. My best times are in the late afternoon.
Never let them see you sweat. If you are stuck, frustrated, or overwhelmed, take that break, get out, and reset. In fact, the importance of taking breaks is underestimated. When finishing a large task, take a break. It helps set priorities and planning for your next actions.
Always be on time for meetings out of respect for others' time and yours. Never walk away from a meeting without a clear understanding of your action items and timing.
Be polite, remember please and thank you, wishes for great weekends, vacations, congratulations, and well wishes. If someone wishes you the same, acknowledge it.
One boss I had said, "Never be afraid of tooting your own horn." They are often too busy with their own tasks to track your achievements. My last review was my self-review verbatim. I kept a list of achievements, certificates, and kudos in my "Winner-Chicken-Dinner" OneNote section under Goals. When it came time to do the eval, there were some accomplishments that I would have forgotten to include had I not archived them.
Finally, take care of you. Take your vacations because you earned them. Get away from work for lunch, because you need to recharge. Arrive on time and leave on time, because you have a life. There are no rewards in heaven for sacrificing your life for a job. I have the badge on that one from working for startup ... you can only bring your best when you are personally thriving.
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