Shine at Work: Guidelines II (1-6)

  1. Get a feel of the big picture

After having spent some time in an organization try to relate to various processes and the related activities.

    • Get an understanding about the organization, their business, products, and customers.
    • Understand your role in the department.
    • Learn how to do the tasks that are part of your role.

Get a feel of the big picture and see how your job/project/work assignment relates to the big goal/target. Then, you will have a better understanding of your job responsibilities. This will widen your perspective and vision. Relating it to the big picture will help you enrich your job.

2. Understand the business

Try to read and get an understanding about the organization. You can increase your knowledge about your organization by understanding

    • What their business and products are?
    • What is their vision?
    • Who are the customers?
    • What are your company’s goals and objectives?
    • What is your company’s role in the marketplace?
    • What do your customers expect?
    • What makes them happy and keeps them coming back?

3.  Be positive

Do not take reviews and feedback personally. It is the review of the project, not about you! Don’t start viewing the reviewer as a personal enemy. The first thing you have to learn is to separate the person from the issue or the problem. Don’t see them as one.

 If your boss tells you that you have to improve in some area, don’t think that your boss has something personal against you. Instead, make an effort to make an improvement in that area. Use the inputs to improve your performance, be more productive, and perfect.

Apart from this, you should also:

    • Be courteous and treat others as you would like to be treated.
    • Ask for help when you need it. You don’t need to be ashamed of it.
    • Recognize your personal strength and maturity.
    • Be truthful, honest and maintain your integrity.
    • Believe in your ability to do the job well.
    • Show respect for yourself and others.
    • Be enthusiastic about your work.
    • Smile, be friendly and expect positive results.

4. Create your own identity

When you enter an organization, the setup already exists—the organizational culture, the people, and the work processes are already in place. It is up to you to create your own place and space to become part of the existing setup. It is up to you to take the initiative, become a friendly, reliable, dependable, and useful member of the team.

You must understand your potential, the requirement of the team, and then work towards making a place yourself in the team. This will help you create your own identity.

5. Have the right attitude

Come to work each day with a smile on your face, treat others with respect. Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. How you approach your day has a direct impact on you and the others. Having the right attitude constitutes of many factors, the most important are:

    • Do not insist that you are right and that others are wrong
    • Do not point fingers at the others. If you have made a mistake, owe it up. It will only show you off as a reasonable person who is brave and true enough to owe up a mistake.
    • Do not try to create tension between team members.
    • Communicate the project related information with the team members. Do not hide information (what are you going to do with it anyway? Make project pickles?)
    • Do not lie to your superiors about your team members or to your team members about your boss. Remember all these will boomerang and will come back to you with a larger impact.
    • Do not take credit for work that was not done by you or for the other’s work on sly.
    • Follow protocols. If you have to report to a team lead, do it instead of making efforts to report to the manager in various other ways.
  1. Be a Team Player

Team players work effectively with others to achieve common goals.

    • Take on the task that needs to be done, whether or not the task is part of your job description. It does not have to b assigned to you.
    • If you have time, try to help a co-worker (if there is a need for help) on a project. You will learn something new and also gain a reputation as a helpful team member.
    • Share information and knowledge with your team members.
    • Support and encourage your co-workers.
    • Respect the diversity of opinions and experiences of your co-workers.

 

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