11 Tips To Excel At Work This Year

Have you set your goals for 2019 yet?  I’m sure everybody has at least some, right?  Do your goals include any that tie to your career?  Do you really have what it takes to excel at work?

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Truly show up and engage at meetings. This is one way to excel at work this year.

The Importance Of Success At Work

Success at your job is key to a happy and prosperous life, right?  Some will tell you that working less is the key to a longer life.  Others will say working additional years helps you live longer.  Whatever you believe, there’s one thing we can all agree on:  Being happy at work is important.  Happiness can come from being more productive.  Here are some tips to excel at work this year.

Understand Your Company

Do you know what your company does?  I mean, sure you know the basics, but do you really understand the ins and outs of what your company really does?  Many people get comfortable with their role in the company, and they forget the role they really play.  If you truly understand the detail of what your company does, you’ll feel more engaged.

  • Learn your company’s mission statement.
  • Find out more about the top levels of leadership.
  • Read through press releases about your company and your industry.

If you do these things, you’ll feel more a part of making your company a success.

Evaluate Yourself

Pretend your the manager of yourself.  Give yourself a performance review.  Be honest.  Look at what you do through the eyes of what you’d say about someone else if you were evaluating them.  When you look at your work objectively, you’ll see where you can improve.  You might see areas where you can add value.

Pretend Your Job Is On The Line

We’re in some pretty good economic times.  We haven’t had a recession in over a decade.  With that in mind, many companies aren’t letting a whole lot of people go.  Why?  Because re-filling those positions would be very costly and time consuming.

However, if things slow down, companies will start letting people go.  It’s the nature of the economic cycle.  So, why not get ready for that now?  Pretend we’re in a recession.  Make believe that you’ve heard that job cuts are coming.  What happens when this is reality? People start stepping up their game.  They start doing better work.  Complacency goes away.

Get a head start on all this by pretending your job is on the line.  This will give you a leg up on your co-workers, and can definitely get you noticed in a positive way.

Show Up To Meetings, For Real

I don’t know how it is where you work, but meeting culture has changed over the past few years.  Not in a good way.

Meetings now are often taken by phone. People sit on their laptops or phones and multi-task.  If this is your experience, you’re not alone.

One way to stand out is to buck that trend.  Show up to meeting in person.  Leave your laptop at your desk. Put your phone away.  If you’re involved in the meetings, you’ll be noticed and you’ll know more about what’s going on.  Why not give yourself this leg up?

“Move” Your Desk

I got my desk moved a couple of years back.  It was a pain to pack everything up and move just 20 feet away.  But, it actually was a blessing, because it forced me to be organized.  I went through my drawers, cleaned out my files, went through all the stuff hanging on my walls.  I got rid of a lot of clutter.

Now, every 6-12 months, I’ll pretend I’m moving.  I’ll go through everything as if I’m just getting settled in.

This will help in being more organized.  This can only help if you are looking to excel at work.

Take Your Time Off

Many people let their time off expire.  This makes me shake my head every time I hear it.  Time off is part of your compensation.  Why not use it?  Would you give back a paycheck or two to your company?  Of course not!  So, don’t let your time off go to waste.

Using your time off will help you recharge your mind and body.  Come back energized and fresh, and you’ll hit the ground running.  If you have a productive time away, you’ll make up for the time you missed and then some.  Your employers will notice!

Do Something That Makes You Uncomfortable

If you’re really good at your job, then good for you!  I mean that.  But, maybe it’s time to take on something that you’re not so good at.  This sounds counter-productive, but enhancing your skills is something companies want to see.  Top performers are not just doing a really good job doing the same things they did last year.  They’re learning new skills and using them to provide value to the company.

If you learn something new, management will notice.  Being the best at what you’ve done for the last ten years isn’t going to put you in line for those opportunities.  When new opportunities arise, they’ll look for people that are dynamic and willing to take chances.  Show them you’re one of those people in time for that opportunity.

Other Ways To Excel At Work

The items below don’t need a whole lot of explanation, but they’re important.

  • Seek out training for your current job.  Almost every job evolves.  Don’t be stuck in doing things the ‘old way’.
  • Forge new relationships.  Step outside of the comfortable group of work colleagues that you like working with or eating lunch with.  Find new people and you’ll discover new ways of thinking.  And new opportunities, as well!
  • Say thank you.  Gratitude is a lost art.  When someone does something for you, even if it’s their job, thank them.  Be sincere.  This little extra bit of positive attitude can make you stand out.
  • Help someone else.  Mentor someone.  Step in if someone else is struggling.  Offer to pick up the slack while a co-worker is away.  Becoming the go-to person will help you stand out in a crowd.

If you want to excel at work, the key is to stand out.  You don’t have to do this by working long hours or doing double the work.  It’s all about making sure the company values you, and that you value the company.  Hopefully these tips help.  Here’s to great times and success at work for you.

Readers, what tips do you have to offer for success at work?  Please share in the comments below.

3 thoughts on “11 Tips To Excel At Work This Year”

  1. Nice! I’m currently applying for promotion and tenure (I work in academia) so I’m doing a lot of self-reflection. I think the advice to do something that makes you uncomfortable is great- I’ve gotten a lot better with assertiveness and confrontation.
    Also, my mind is blown by the fact that it has been over a decade since the recession. WHAT?

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