Excelling in your field takes more than just showing up to work. You have to be present, as well as master the art of being excellent. Whether it’s filing papers, completing Administrative tasks, managing employees or running my own business I give it everything … even on my not so great days. I ensure that regardless of the responsibility, my daily tasks are thoroughly complete. Here are a few of my practices whether at work or within my own business.
Ask questions – when starting a job, it is best to find a seasoned veteran in your department who is patient and willing to help you. Do not be afraid to ask until you fully understand and comfortable doing it on your own. This is where the good ol’ saying, “quality over quantity” comes into play. It does not matter “how” many you complete if it is not done properly!
Take Notes – when you are asking questions take a note pad and pen. Writing it down is vital! If you are not detail-oriented, then now is the time to learn. Even if it’s something small like putting paperclips on file folders a certain way, write it down. It makes all the difference when your superiors are looking for new leaders. It may seem over the top, but from experience and admiration of my work ethic, it proves a difference from just being plain ol’ good to being superb!
Be Professional – this may seem like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised at how many people lacked professionalism at work. Some people get complacent and forget where they’re at. When sending emails, use proper grammar. If spelling is not your strong point then utilize spell check to be sure. When receiving incoming emails, answer the call of the questions, the Who? What? When? Where? And How? Anything that is not work related could be discussed outside of work or at another time. You never know where those emails may end up!
Be a sponge – when in meetings or working with people of higher positions learn from them. Ask questions. If other departments need help, go help them. Going to work is not the best time to be lazy. It’s even better when you are versatile and can step in, in other areas of the company.
Take initiative – don’t wait for someone to tell you to do something, if you already know the things that need to get done. Tedious? Maybe! But you are at work to work and believe me; someone will notice your effort.
What is the purpose of going to work if you’re not trying to grow? If you are at an organization where there is no room for growth or it is just a temporary situation for you, then do your best while you’re there and look for something better while you are still employed. You get what you give! If you go to work giving 20% everyday then that is what you will receive in return. Work hard and do your best, it’s not like this is something disposable we’re talking about here …this is YOUR life!
Key Components at work:
Be a sponge
Be a team player
Be detailed oriented
Be willing to WORK!
Do you have impeccable work ethic or do you like to just do what you have to do to make the day go by? What have your experiences been in the work world? What are your strategies at work? If you are an entrepreneur, what have you learned from former jobs that you now apply to your business?