8 Easy Ways to Thrive at Work
Unless you’re born to Prince William and Princess Kate and/or have a huge trust fund, everybody has to work. For some, it’s a rights of passage. For others, it’s a means of survival. But both types of employees still have a thing or two to learn. Here’s a list of things you may want to consider to make the most of your job.
1.Be on Time and Be Prepared
If you need to clock in at 8:00, you shouldn’t be grabbing a bite of breakfast or taking a bathroom break at 7:59. Make sure that you take care of all personal matters far enough in advance so that you’re both on time and ready to work. Want to really make a good impression on your boss? Show up before him/her … even if it isn’t verbally acknowledged, it won’t go unnoticed.
2. Break the Routine
You HAVE to go to work everyday. Yes, we know, but if you feel like you’re stuck in a routine, then it’s about time that you change something. From the moment you wake up to the moment you lie back down, think of anything that you can add to enhance your day. Buy fresh flowers for your vase, call your mom, eat a fancy dinner with a friend, or go shopping. Squeeze it in your day and as a result, you’ll find a refreshing routine free of monotony.
3. Dress for Success
As the old saying goes, dress for the job you want — not the one you have. This will not only boost your confidence, but also will show others that you take pride in your professional image. What’s also true is that when you look good, you feel good.
Whether you’re just starting or already have established your career, you have to come to an understanding that dressing up for work is important. When you walk into work, your outfit speaks to your boss before you do.
When you’re having a bad day, know that your choice of clothes can uplift you. Compare it to days when you didn’t think it was important to look like an executive. Your clothes dictate your mood and have an influence on how people act towards you. That’s why it’s important.
4. Be Inspired
Your workspace should be inspirational. I’m not saying that it should move mountains, but it should make you act towards your goals. So dress up your desk to your preference and always have something that will remind you what you’re working for. You can post a picture of a place you’d want to visit, your favorite quote, your family, or anything that makes you smile! You may even want to fill a candy dish with your favorite treats. Just be sure to keep your desk tidy, professional, and conducive for work.
5. Stay Active
Looking the part goes beyond what you’re wearing; not slouching while you’re on your seat is also important. Appear active when you’re in the office. Be alert so that you don’t miss any detail, whether it’s on a proposal you’re working on or just a casual discussion between you and your colleagues. You don’t want to be known as the one who dozed off, right?
6. Happy + Healthy Foods Help
Working on an empty stomach just sounds like a recipe for disaster. Not only should you eat substantial meals before and during the workday, but also healthy ones. Instead of eating a bag of potato chips for a midday snack, consider sliced apples or a handful of almonds. This will keep you energized as you go through a long, tough day.
7. Be in the Know
You may have undergone heated arguments with bosses and colleagues alike while inside the boardroom, but keep in mind that you should stay cordial, positive, and most of all, professional with them while you all work for the same company. In doing so, you’ll be in the loop of things. You stay on top when it comes to important happenings in the office and you maintain working relationships with colleagues, making them respect you for handling disagreements well. They will know that you’re a professional, and they will value your opinions on various matters in the company.
Surviving in the workplace is tricky. Whether you’re in a corporate setting or not, politics is a game that often must be played.
8. Don’t Be a Baby!
Face it. There are times when you’re going through the crappiest days at work, but there are also days when you find yourself celebrating with your colleagues over champagne for deals closed and more. Understand the fact that it’s nature for any working individual that there are high and low points in one’s career. When going through the low ones though, what you need to do is to pull yourself together and have the spirit to hold on to things and not be a baby. Doing so gives way to personal growth and if you stick it out longer, upper management may just provide you with the ways to professionally grow in the company. When the going gets tough, the tough get going!
Surviving in the workplace is tricky. Whether you’re in a corporate setting or not, politics is a game to be played. You may get burned in any number of instances, but practicing a few simple things like the ones listed above can save you from catching fire without anyone’s help.