On the eleventh ‘Day of Kforce’,
From our staffing company,
ELEVEN ways to exceed expectations at work!
Martin Luther King, Jr famously said, “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well”… this still holds true in today’s workforce. Regardless of career level, job length, or industry, you will be faced with expectations by both your management and your colleagues. Amy Thomas, Recruiting Director at Kforce, explains how you can meet and exceed expectations in your workplace.
1. Manage their expectations
Do not over-commit yourself! It is important that you commit to only those tasks you know you can complete. Do not be afraid to say “No”, it’s better to be honest upfront than to miss an important deadline later.
2. Communicate effectively and efficiently
Be concise and to the point! Make sure you are direct in your communication with others. There is no need to use ten words when five will do. Take the communication style of your colleagues into consideration when addressing them in-person and in email, while it is important to be efficient, you do not want to be offensive.
3. Have a positive attitude
Your attitude may be that extra factor that gets your hired, but it’s just as important in the workplace too. Undoubtedly, you will be faced with challenging situations, difficult colleagues and aggressive timelines… don’t let your attitude get the best of you!
4. Be a team player
Being a team player often requires being selfless. While you should have individual goals, you should ultimately be supporting your team’s goals for success as well. Respect everyone’s opinions and recognize opportunities to offer extra help when needed. Listen carefully to fully understand everyone’s role; this will avoid stepping on toes.
5. Pay attention to detail
More than likely, you will have more than one responsibility that requires your attention. It is important to prioritize your tasks and stay organized in order to avoid mistakes. Look at everything with a keen eye, regardless of where it falls on your list. You do not want anything slipping through the cracks for which you are responsible.
6. Be self-motivated
Take the initiative, you should rarely ask for something else to do. Instead, look at your boss or colleagues workload, determine where you can help and offer your assistance. Lean forward on your ideas and provide a full plan to your boss to ensure you are staying in line with your responsibilities and the team’s goals.
7. Ask questions [when necessary]
It is okay if you do not know! Many people believe if they do not know the answer it is a sign of weakness, when in fact, asking the right questions and admitting you do not know something may be a sign of strength. Focus on leveraging those individuals within the organization who do know the answer and you will learn!
8. Keep your skills updated
In today’s day-in-age, it is rare to find a job with the exact same job description as it had three years ago. Rapidly-changing technology allows for jobs to be done more efficiently and effectively. Stay relevant in the job market by updating your skills and certifications regularly.
9. Be flexible
Roll with the punches! Plans change – it’s an inevitable fact of life, the most important thing to do is keep a positive attitude. A team member leaving or deadline changing may require you to change your priorities, being flexible will allow you to adapt to these changes quicker and easier.
10. Differentiate yourself from the pack
Whether it’s a technical skill, work ethic, or personality trait, there is something different about you than anyone else on your team. Find out what it is that makes you unique and incorporate this into your daily work activities.
11. Remain professional
At times, it may seem like you spend more time with your “work family” than your actual family. Regardless of how close you become to your boss or colleagues, remain professional. It is important to form relationships in the office, but remember that you may ultimately still report to these people or they may report to you. Be honest and use your best judgment when personal matters come into play. Some may affect you professionally, but some should be left at home.
The first step is to clearly understand what expectations have been set for you, and then you can begin to work toward exceeding those expectations. Using the above tips you may not only better your team but better yourself as well.
Stay tuned for Day 12!
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