Updated: Aug 26, 2019
People are more aware than ever of the work-life balance. Jobs are not only a way to earn money, but they also teach us to constantly improve and grow professionally. The time you spend at work is valuable to build trust that will boost your career.
You can be more successful at work in many ways. Here are a few suggestions that worked for me as an employee:
Stay positive and happy. No job is easy and everybody struggles from time to time. Stress is a response to tasks that seem nightmarish or to attitudes of bosses/colleagues, and it won’t be of any help. Optimism will lead you out of the most difficult situations.
Set your priorities at work. You have to work on 5 projects and be in 5 places at the same time? Nobody asks you to do the impossible. Everyone has his/her limits and the efficient organization of the working day will make you more productive and satisfied.
Don’t be afraid to give feedback. Don't blame your superiors for giving you too much work, because the workload is directly proportional to your performance and your explicit desires. Let them know that you have limits and that sometimes it is enough for you and that they should re-organize the tasks.
Empathy helps you to understand your colleagues and the context. Spend time with colleagues, support the team and show gratitude. You will realize that most people will react in the same way. You don't have to agree with everyone just to understand the specifics of each personality and how to deal with them.
Try your best not to discriminate. Fact is that people navigate through bias and discrimination is present also in an unconscious way. My advice is to find out first how competent co-workers are and not jump to wrong conclusions.
Take breaks. Every company has deadlines, but if you work continuously and without interruption, you're more likely to make mistakes and lose focus. Big challenges require breaks and new perspectives.
We all have the opportunity to make ourselves better at work. Let's get started right away.