As we progress in our career and become more competent in the skillsets we hope to establish; we are often imbued with a sense of accomplishment. This can lead to pride, and that can lead to added confidence. It might only take one promotion for you to feel this way, especially if you were previously feeling the ‘impostor syndrome’ that usually plagues us when we’re insecure in our role.
However, that doesn’t mean the promotion or added responsibility should stop us from reflecting on our situation. There may be many things you could do with maintaining or improving. Often it’s the fundamentals we let slip when we become comfortable in a select company’s culture.
We’d like to explore those. Even if you have workplace pride, consider implementing the following tips:
How smart is your dress? Have you allowed it to slip? Every morning you should feel as if you would when attending a job interview. This is especially important if you’re in a management position, as you are supposed to set an example for those under you. Not only that, but the way you dress speaks volumes about your business candor. It can help you feel confident in meetings, more appropriately prepared for challenges, and simply like someone who is worthwhile and available. Your dress speaks volumes about who you are, so be sure to wield it like armor in all avenues of your business life.
Do you communicate well? Do you make use of brevity? Are you clear and concise in your instruction, or do you talk around the point? Identifying what form of communicator you are can help you in an a plethora of circumstances, especially when trying to improve your skillset. For example, someone well versed and practised in interpersonal relationships will be much more able to translate those skills to public speaking, or presenting to highly important executives.
This could be improved through basic practice, learning the fineries of the language through a course website (especially important if English isn’t your first language,) and simply being more forthright in your speech can help you tremendously. Also, it’s important to remember that 90% of communication between people is nonverbal, and rests upon how your body language is. The kindest and most supportive words of encouragement are almost useless if you have your arms folded and are frowning the entire time.
Keep an eye on what we call ‘open and responsive’ body language, such as granting those you’re speaking to personal space, but maintaining eye contact and completely facing towards them. This can help someone feel valued and appreciated.
It’s a tired and overstated aspect of staff training, but there truly is no ‘I’ in team. Working in any firm, no matter what it is, will require a degree of teamwork. For that you have to ensure your attitude is correctly calibrated. It’s worth making sure that you are interested in the progression of the whole firm and the employees around you, developing an awesome feeling of synergy between you all.
This doesn’t mean you should feel bad about being competitive or going for promotions, as long as you understand that the whole enterprise only works if your colleagues are all working together. This not only helps you do better at your job but can increase your efficiency in many unexpected avenues. It might mean your workload can be delegated to another staff member when they owe you a favour. It could mean that you simply enjoy being at work more.
With these tips, you are sure to become a better employee, knowing that wherever you work, your basic skillset is being maintained.