We all wait for the time when we can stop dreading those months of exams and stop toiling for those marks. We all yearn to start working and earning to make something of ourselves and start a new life. Most importantly, we all look forward to joining our workplace to put our knowledge to practical use.
A new workplace is an unfamiliar environment where you are trying to do everything right, finish the tasks assigned to you, achieve targets etc. But there are times when you don’t know something and since it’s a new workplace, you don’t know who to turn to. You still somewhere have that spark too learn but in a workplace there is no teacher to dictate those notes you.
Even though you have learned pretty everything there is to learn about your career choice, there are things that you can only learn on-the-job. So here are ten things you should learn at work:
10. When in doubt, ask your boss:
There are going to be times when you are going to ace your assignments and everything is going to go right but then there are also going to be times when you have little doubts that are hampering your efficiency. In a situation where you find yourself clueless, go to your superior and ask. Don’t feel shy or ashamed of not knowing something. Be confident to ask your boss about it. After all, he did not become the boss without facing the same problems himself.
9. Help your colleagues:
At times when you have finished all that you had do, give yourself a break and help out those in need. Look over and behind your desk and you will find people who are in a fix. Go to them and try to help them out. You might succeed in learning something about the work that they do and will be able to expand your horizons of knowledge.
8. Observe and notice:
One of the greatest ways to learn at work is notice and observe all that is happening around you. It will not only teach you how to excel at your job but all aware you of the environment that is prevailing in your workplace which will further help you in adjusting better in your office. Notice every small detail that might get ignored by others. These very small details can be your way to determining tactics to getting your work done instead of toiling in waste.
7. Interact with others:
Talk to others in different departments at your workplace over coffee or lunch and listen to their experiences in the company. These experience will equip you better to deal with situations that will come up in the future and it is definitely always a joy to hear new interesting stories. Make new friends at work for they will be around for a long time to help you out not only in the office but also in your personal life.
6. Share Experiences:
Work doesn’t have to be just about targets. It can be more that. Working in a company that brings people from different backgrounds together, gives you a chance to improve on your socialising skills. Know more about the lives of the people you deal with on a daily basis, your clients and other in order to bond with them better and serve them better.
5. Take help from others:
Learning is a holistic process. It has elements of professionalism and a person touch. As important as it is for you to learn about your work from the best sources, sometimes it pays off to learn from those who sit beside you. Not only will this help you to complete your work but you will also be letting them know that they can too seek your help. This creates a positive environment in the office.
By accepting a helping hand, you might end up learning more than just what you needed. So next time instead of banging your head against the wall on something that you don’t know, take a step forward and ask your colleagues.
4. Use pictorial representation:
This is a universal tactic for learning. There are times when words are not enough or in the case of an office environment, they are just not descriptive enough. Learn to express your work through pictures. Go online and learn to make new diagrams, charts etc. This will not only create a fantastic impression on your colleagues but at the same time will also enable you to present what you have done in a better form.
3. Create an inclusive environment:
For you to perform efficiently what is required is a positive environment. This positive environment can only be created when everyone in the team feels included. So try to include as many departments and people in your work as possible for they can not only help you finish your work but at the same time also create situations for your to flourish. Don’t exclude anybody who is ready to be included in your team. Put in all hands required.
2. Appreciate your co-workers:
What people really need to work better is a slight pat on their backs appreciating all that they have done. What people hate the most is their work going unnoticed. So no matter what position you are at, what you must do is appreciate what others have done. Not just for you but the work that they have done in general. Give them the encouragement they need to push themselves forward and achieve higher limits.
1. Be on the look-out for opportunities:
When at work, never back down from taking an initiative. Always look for new things to participate in and develop new ideas that can be swiftly implemented. This will bring you in the eyes of others and will teach you new things that you might have never been familiar with.