Blogger and career gal Tamryn Sher has 10 personal tips that will ensure success in your job, and she’s sharing them with All4Women this week:
1. Never assume that you know everything
Regardless of how senior your position is, or how many years experience you have in the industry, you can always learn more.
Be open-minded to new ideas and new ways of doing things. Everyone in the company can teach you something new, from the receptionist to the intern, as well as the CEO. We all have different perspectives based on our experiences.
2. Always be prepared for meetings
This sounds obvious but a lot of people look past this pedestrian move that should be habitual. Prepping for meetings means doing your homework and knowing what the meeting is about, coming prepared with an agenda or talking points (even if you aren’t the one hosting the meeting), having a notebook and pen and having business cards on hand. Being well prepared for meetings will hold you in good stead with your clients, colleagues and suppliers.
3. Don’t spend too much time at the water cooler
After a long, frustrating day, you may want to vent to your colleagues about your nightmarish clients, your boss who spoke down to you, or your colleague who annoyed you. Don’t.
Not only does this make you look unprofessional and as if you cannot handle the pressure, but you will become the person others offload on, and no one likes a gossipmonger. It creates a toxic work environment and sets you up to be a scapegoat when someone asks why spirits are low.
4. Be an example
From the moment you walk into the office, people are watching you. From the way you dress, to the way you carry yourself. Always be professional, be as optimistic as possible, and look for moments to inspire your team. People look up to people from whom they can learn , so seek out learning opportunities whenever possible.
5. Chin-up princess
Bad days are unavoidable; you will have them! Just make sure you don’t have a bad 20 minutes and then milk it throughout the day. This will distract you from what you are there to do; and it will rub off on your colleagues, as everything you do has a ripple effect.
Allow yourself to feel down for a minute and then give yourself a pep talk and get on with your day.
6. Burnout is real
Be sure to set boundaries as a means to respect yourself. It’s so easy to get sucked into an exciting project and lose all consciousness of time and boundaries.
If you let these bad habits persist for an extended period of time, before you know it, you’ll start feeling less creative, constantly tired and you won’t be bringing your best self to the office every day. Make sure you have a way to relieve your daily stress – I use gym and cooking. Find what works for you.
7. Expose yourself to new stimuli
Exposing yourself to new stimuli can only benefit your idea generation, creativity and confidence. Everything we expose ourselves to affects the way we think, so be conscious of what you allow into your environment. Short courses, industry-related talks and events are great place to start.
8. Never let them break you
You’ve messed up, royally. You knew better, your training taught you better, you took a risk and it didn’t pay off. Everyone has an opinion on how things should have been handled, as hindsight is a beautiful thing.
Don’t let this knock your confidence: you’re still good at what you do, you just had an off day. You’re only human after all. ‘They’ could be the self-doubt in your head, your clients or even your colleagues.
Whatever happens, don’t let the feedback break you. Take it as a key learning and keep it poppin’, girl. Use the hurt to propel you forward by turning that negative energy into positivity and confidence.
9. The full package
Add more to the company than just your skill set. Add to the corporate culture. Whether this is through joining the social committee, adding great ideas to how to improve the company culture or adding ideas on how to increase staff morale and productivity. Be a positive colleague and a team player so that people look forward to seeing you, collaborating with you and working with you.
10. Social media
Social media is a digital billboard of who you are and what you represent. You control what you share with people. Be responsible.
Read your organisation’s social media guidelines. Don’t expose client strategies, don’t talk about race, religion or politics, stay away from anything controversial or funny memes that could be offensive.
We’ve seen people lose their jobs over some of these errors in judgement and it really isn’t worth it.
Want to read more from Tamryn? Find her blog at www.itsasherthing.co.za