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.
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