To continue our post from the previous week, here is the rest of the list on how you can be a better employee.
6. TAKE MORE LUNCH BREAKS
Your midday break is another unexpected place to get better at your job: By stepping away from it for an hour. Studies show that walking, socializing, and getting fresh air all help you return to your desk refreshed and more ready to work than if you’d powered through.
7. BE OPEN ABOUT WHAT YOU NEED
The negotiation skill-honing doesn’t end once you’ve landed the job. Become the best communicator in your office this year, by being confident about what you want, and direct when asking questions. Your clients will appreciate it, and your boss will wonder what happened to your former small-talking self.
8. TAKE ON NEW ROLES
Ready to move up in the company, or just shake up your current role? The quote, “If all you do is what is listed in your job description, it’s impossible to get ahead,” rings ever true in this case. Keep an open mind about what you’re saying yes to — and what to turn down when it isn’t furthering your own vision — and see where the new attitude takes you.
9. GIVE (AND GET) FEEDBACK GRACEFULLY
The end of the year is a time to reflect on your personal and professional progress — and to get dragged into performance reviews that might hold a few less-positive notes on your work. Embrace the failures as learning opportunities, and take the criticism as a chance to grow. But at the very least, don’t let feedback build up for a whole year, or wait for your boss to dole it out annually.
10. STOP TRYING TO BE PERFECT
The “I’m a perfectionist” excuse doesn’t cut it when your reputation for timely quality work is on the line. Killing yourself with overachiever mentality, paralyzes progress because you become so focused on not making a mistake that you forget to see the bigger picture in the process. Put yourself and your mental well-being first in the coming year, and the rest will follow suit.