Diversity, Equity, Inclusion-DEI. Collaboration, flexible work, and employee retention. These are some of the common threads that connect many of us in today’s workplace. Good is, well good. However, going to great at work can be achieved and it doesn’t take more time, more hours, or additional resources. Here are 5 ways to go from good to great at work. The benefits will be most obvious. The journey is not always apparent.
One of many lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic is that adapting professionally and personally is essential. At work, this powerful skill will often create more time, less stress, and overall stronger well-being. Choosing topics for discussion, battles and difficult discussions requires you to place yourself in someone else’s mindset. We adapt by looking at multiple perspectives and then deciding the correct path to take. Good to great occurs as we continue to transition with less effort, pain, and angst. You perform better and are poised to take on a new position/title, responsibility, and raise.
You know them. The work jerks that suck the life out of a meeting, a room, and a conversation. They’re not liked, passed over for many promotions, and focus solely on themselves. Yuck! A positive attitude does not take away from a position you’re firm on or an opinion you have. What sets you aside is your attitude. Going from good to great requires that you listen even if you don’t agree. It asks you to stay positive and not always focus on the negative, what is broken, but on what can be achieved.
If you’re already good, great. But to get there requires patience, listening well, and practice. Sure, we like to be heard and voice our opinions. That’s fine, however, communication also requires us to share information, ideas, and knowledge. Companies and organizations that support this philosophy report higher production, retention, and increased sharing between co-workers and departments. Isn’t that the advantage we’re looking for?
One of many lessons we’ve learned from the pandemic is that adapting professionally and personally is essential.
No excuses now that we made it through 2020-21. We were forced to handle change on the fly, adapt at a moment’s notice, and stockpile toilet paper (okay, am I the only one who bought too much TP)?
Successfully navigating change is essential professionally and personally and always has been. The benefits at work can include recognition, advancement, and a bonus. Making others’ lives easier does not go without notice as does being a jerk! So, move through change with grace as you are now an expert and you’ll notice a difference in how you are perceived at work and even a reduction in stress.
Listen to criticism
Yes, this is difficult. We don’t like it; it makes us feel bad and it’s also necessary for our growth. Hear me out. We’ve learned from criticism since we were young and have dealt with it the best we could. In the workplace, it can have its benefits which include professional and personal growth, an increase in knowledge, and stronger relationships. If the person delivering the criticism is a jerk walk away. If it’s your manager then listen, state your opinion respectively and move on. If it is helpful, then let them know.
Going from good to great at work takes practice, commitment, and dedication. Is it worth it? I believe it is as if there is only an upside. There are more ways to achieve this and I’m happy to discuss them. Feel free to reach out.