Proactivity is the king! Get promoted with the right attitude in the workplace.
Being proactive at work is key to climbing the corporate ladder. Follow this advice and enjoy your next promotion.
Focussing on the here and now is perhaps the key to improving our personal lives. No one doubts that. But if we look at the world of work, long-term thinking is key. This can only be achieved with a proactive attitude in the workplace, one of the most valued traits in any company. This is normal. Being proactive helps us to respond successfully to both opportunities and crisis situations. It also allows us to reduce workload-related mistakes, stress and anxiety. Below, we’ve given you some advice which is, to our mind, the most important for being proactive at work:
- Take the initiative. Ask if you can attend team meetings. This way, you’ll get to know the company’s needs better. Don’t be scared to ask questions or bring up doubts. If you’ve just started with a company, it’s normal if you don’t know the company or the sector. With time, you’ll be able to detect patterns and put yourself forward to successfully resolve situations that may arise. Don’t hold back either when it comes to sharing new ideas, ways of working or volunteering yourself to carry out tasks. Taking the initiative, as long as it’s done with humility and the desire to learn, is a clear demonstration of workplace entrepreneurship.
- Organise your schedule and order your workspace to prevent mistakes. As we said before, proactivity in the workplace is long-term, and so it means anticipating situations (both positive and negative). Organisation and tidiness not only greatly influence your productivity, they also help you prevent mistakes. So, set your goals and put them into a monthly schedule which can be divided into weekly tasks and daily (realistic) to-do lists. Include the date and version in the name of your documents. Save them in client-specific folders. You’ll be able to find them quickly when you need them. This also works for physical documents. Always have paperclips, post-its, labels and folders to hand so you can keep everything well organised. In the case of a crisis, by having been proactive before you will be able to react quickly and efficiently. The reputation of your company is at stake!
- Review your tasks and follow up on projects. We normally forget about tasks once we’ve done them. Put a stop to this now. Go over everything you do several times and track the status of projects. Do you remember your weekly schedule and your daily to-do-list? Take a look at them at the end of the working day, check what has already been done, what needs to be done and then set priorities. Do you notice any missing information? Send reminders and follow-up emails if necessary; it will be helpful for you and for your team.
- You already know about Murphy’s law. So avoid procrastination. In today’s workplace, tasks need to be done now. Tomorrow is too late.
We hope this advice on being proactive at work is helpful and you get that promotion very soon. Until next time!