Another year has quickly evaporated as we stare into the eyes of the next one and start a new decade. It is time for that most honored annual tradition all seem to undertake…setting New Year’s resolutions!
Most set goals to lose weight, quit smoking, eat healthier, and so on. However, so few set goals in terms of their job. Given the economic hard times our country is facing and most likely will be for some time to come, perhaps it is time for those fortunate enough to have employment to consider setting some goals in terms of our work.
Below are some suggestions to start your thought processes in terms of goal setting for work for the New Year:
- Take initiative: Be a go-getter. Why wait for your boss to call on you to assign a task. If one is available volunteer to do the task. This will show you are reliable and willing to do more than just the bare minimum of what is outlined in your job description. So many people are out there to take your job if you do not have it. By always being a “go to” person at work this will prevent your boss from wondering why they choose you over the other candidates they considered when hiring for the job.
- Take on new challenges: Broadening your horizons at work is always a good idea. It provides you with an opportunity to grow and gain new valuable skills. Nowadays, this can be even a more important skill to have as not only does your employer view you as open to taking on new assignments, but it ensures your skill set stays current to the new direction of the company. I stress this as it seems during these economic hardship times most businesses are turning to new directions to successfully navigate the economy. If you are not open to change you may find your skills at your job are obsolete and your employer may not see the need to retain you or your position much less consider you for other opportunities of advancement.
- Put in extra effort: If you do not know how to do something take the time to figure it out. No one wants an employee who has to be told word for word how to do their job or come up with a solution to a problem. If you are constantly being told the answer to a problem at some point people will wonder why you are in the job at all and if the position is really warranted.
- Put in a few extra minutes: Show that you are more than just a 9 to 5 employee. Don’t watch the clock and run out the door at lunchtime or at the end of your shift everyday. The boss will notice and if he doesn’t your co-workers will. Someone will be sure your boss finds out that you are not willing to put in the time when needed. Take the call when the phone rings two minutes before you are to head out the door. It will be noticed.
- Here’s a tough one, but can mean so much to a boss. Be on time and work your full shift: Have you ever worked with someone who was always late or left early everyday or just always seemed to take long lunch breaks? Well, don’t be one of these people. Once again if your boss does not pay attention on his own, your co-workers will be sure he is aware. People become angry when they see a peer always taking extra time when they don’t. It will only hurt your career in the long run.
- Don’t gossip: Don’t be a trouble maker always spreading rumors. You may think your peers really enjoy talking to you, but most times, co-workers just pretend to be nice to a gossiper to prevent being gossiped about. Eventually, your co-workers will avoid you unless they are looking for some specific information. However, your reputation will be as a troublemaker and most likely considered untrustworthy, which is not a good trait to have at work.
- Have a positive attitude and share it with your co-workers: Having a pleasant and positive demeanor will only enhance your work life. People will view you as someone they want to confide in and work with. The more your teammates appreciate you the better your outlook at work will be. Remember, it takes more muscles to frown than smile, so why not smile, after all they are contagious!
An average person spends five of their seven days a week at work and spends approximately 10 hours a day either at work or engaged in activities related to work. We spend more time with our co-workers and job than we do at our homes and family. It is not only reasonable, but sensible, to take stock of our past year in terms of work and set new goals to attain in reference to our jobs and career overall, as it is such a large part of our life. Remember, if you don’t want your job there are plenty of others who do, I guarantee it.
Until next time, best wishes and warmest regards…and a happy new year to all!