4 Ways to Prevent Yourself from Getting Complacent at Work

It is not uncommon for many of us to become complacent at work, especially if we managed to secure the job of our dreams. As much as possible, we will not do anything to cause us to lose the job and get involved actively in workplace affairs.

However, staying complacent at work is not very rewarding and if you are hoping to get promoted, you have to shake away that attitude.


To help you get started, here are 4 great ways to prevent yourself from becoming complacent at work:

Step Up Whenever there is a New Challenge

If you remained silent during work and just did as you are told, you will be unable to handle the challenge brought by the next big project your team has to make.

However, if you make it a point to present yourself during big projects, you will be able to test yourself if you will be able to handle the pressure presented by the project and see how you can improve your work.

When the challenge is done and you managed to complete it, you will be able to handle the strain of difficult work and do it faster and flawlessly the next time it is given to you.

Actively assist during team problems

If your team leader tends to ask the team the same question during your huddles or if your coworkers are complaining about the work, they are signs something is wrong with your workplace.

Try your best to seek out solutions to the roadblocks that would come your team’s way. Make a list of the common problems you tend to notice and try solving them on your own. However, if you can’t, you should speak to your team leader so you can think of a solution together.

When your bosses see your initiative to assist, they may see you as a great asset to the company and even promote you to a higher position so you can help out more.


Regularly speak to your assigned manager

If your company does not give out performance reviews, you need to make the initiative to know what your superiors think about your work. Knowing your current performance will help you improve your work ethic and the quality of work you give out. When you ask for these questions, your superiors will know you are trying your best to give high quality work and you are concerned about your career’s development.

Meet new people from the industry

Networking, networking and networking. If you are new to the business, you should make it a point to meet new people to get to know about the business or industry you are in. These people can help you improve your work and help you understand the tricks and tips to get by the challenges the industry faces.

You can join clubs and groups online to help you get started. Toastmasters and industry fairs are a good way to mingle with the same industrial players.


As the saying goes, too much of a good thing can turn bad in the end if you do not do anything to balance it all out. In terms of work, remaining on the sidelines and doing about your business like no one is around you will not give you any sense of accomplishment at all. Take the first step and challenge yourself to improve. When you do, the benefits you will reap are limitless.

I hate the idea of being complacent, don’t you? Please share your views with us in the comment section below.

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18 Comments Add yours

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you for sharing this out


  1. msw blog says:

    Great advice/list. I really appreciate number two “Actively assist during team problems” because it says a lot when a person jumps in to brain storm a thought or help solve a problem. To me those ate the moments peers and supervisor often remember.


  2. Nidhi says:

    Good advice👏


  3. Yest another GREAT post Kally, Thank YOU!

    Nothing succeeds like SUCCESS!

    If your not your own worst critic; you’re missing a great opportunity. {But approach this positively; avoid negativity. …. Be Objective and seek opportunities to learn and grow.}

    To be a “go along” to be a “get along” person is to be a do nothing; be nothing and rightly GET NOTHING person. ….Is THAT really living? …NO!

    SEEK to be “utilized”; not merely “used.”

    May God guide your path,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Patrick! Love your quote of seeking to be utilized. Very important one of course.


  4. Emilia Tan says:

    Definitely one of worth reading business post out there! I think one gets complacent when he or she made choice to stop learning new things and working harder than before.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you, Emilia. And welcome to MiddleMe! I can’t stand myself being complacent in life whether it is my work or personal. Always constantly pushing myself to greater heights makes me a much happier person.

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ravisingh says:

    superb post!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kally says:

      Thank you so much

      Liked by 1 person

    2. Ravisingh says:

      My pleasure,mam!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. markmkane says:

    This was a great read. Such sage advice, especially for me since I often times get complacent at work.


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