Employee Skills & Productivity Tips
In this day and age, the old saying, “a failure to plan is a plan to fail,” rings increasingly true in the workplace. Our environments and resources are consistently changing, and in order to remain relevant as employees and/or employers, we must be willing to adapt to those changes while staying productive and valuable. In this blog, we identify various ways in which applicants and employees alike can be their worst workplace enemies. Today, we begin by introducing three things any applicant or employee can do to keep from causing their own failure.
3 Ways to Avoid Failure in the Workplace
1. Keep your computer skills current.
We are living in a highly technological state, and the resources and tools employees use around the office are ever changing. Be sure to stay familiar with programs that are universal throughout your industry as well as standard office programs like MS Office suite, Adobe and other various software and web programs that are relevant. Keep in mind that the class on computers you took during the 1994 fiscal year isn’t going to help you master you Macintosh in 2014. Do whatever you need to do to stay current, whether it be taking an online course or even a weekend seminar in the technologies your employees or coworkers are well-versed in. YouTube has many tutorials and finding classes is easier than ever. Here is a list of training provided on the California Employment Development Department. This is especially critical if you want to pursue a career in consulting and/or work temporary projects for any period of time.
2. Be confident.
It is essential to understand that you may be aware of the fact that your skills are valuable and that you’re capable of doing an outstanding job, but those around you might not be so in touch with your abilities. Be confident in what you have to offer and show your coworkers or employees that you are able to think on your feet, make quality professional decisions and can actively solve problems that are thrown your way. Make sure that you take advantage of every opportunity you have to show that you’re a quality employee by highlighting your aptitude. Feeling confident and projecting confidence can sometimes be different on the job. Take inventory of situations on the job and try to objectively look at your own performance or better yet, seek out feedback from a trusted source at your employer.
3. Always be productive.
Using your work hours effectively is a sure fire way to prepare for success, but it’s no secret that distractions around the office can easily bring your progress to a halt. Keep in mind that you are at the office to get quality work done. This doesn’t mean that you must rush through your work to get the most completed in the shortest amount of time; it does however mean that your work hours should be maximized for quality and productivity. Try taking that extra second to proof read and double check work to ensure no minor mistakes were made. Additionally, make sure that you don’t get caught up in personal Internet dealings like social media that could leave you wondering where half your morning went.
Bear in mind that the likelihood of your continued success in the workplace is dependent upon the efforts and preparations you take to be a relevant and valuable applicant, employee or employer. The talent acquisition team at Menlo Partners Staffing is happy to answer your questions about recruiting, temporary staffing, and workforce management. Contact our office today, Menlo Partners Staffing, a Redwood City based temp agency at (650)752-6193.
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