10 of the Best Ways to Make an Impact at Work

Reprinted From: iConnectEngineers

Showing up to the office on time, making an effort to be friendly to coworkers and having a great work ethic—these are all ways to make difference at your workplace. Whether or not we realize it, we are always making an impact at our jobs. The question is: is it a positive one?

Unfortunately, there are many people who dislike their jobs, a percentage who just tolerate it and others who love a challenge. Think carefully. Which category do you fall into?

If you really want to thrive in the workplace, there are specific actions you can take. Not only is it good for business, but it is beneficial for overall happiness and well-being.

Here are 10 ways to make an impact:

Initiate new ideas
Take the time to be proactive and originate new concepts. While out-of-the-box thinking may be out of your comfort zone, you’ll generate more possibilities, learn a lot and inspire others.

Update coworkers on your progress
A good colleague supports his or her coworkers. Let your team members know the status of projects you are working on and invite them to share their opinions. When everyone has had the opportunity to contribute, it leads to a better overall outcome.

Be positive
Sometimes it can be challenging but those who have a great attitude—consistently—attract the attention of others. Being positive helps reduce stress, increases productivity as well as interpersonal relations with others. Don’t be afraid to show your passion!

Let others count on you
Always deliver high-quality work and make sure others know they can trust you to get the job done. By demonstrating competence, it will leave a lasting impression. It is often easier said than done, but when others view you as trustworthy most likely they will reciprocate.

Pay attention to what your coworkers say
By being a great listener, it shows you are truly interested in what is being said. It has been shown that active listening skills can improve workplace performance. It helps reduce misunderstandings, demonstrates a caring attitude and tasks can usually be accomplished quicker.

Speak up
Share what you believe. It’s an important form of honesty. Others might not always agree but speaking up shows confidence and can fuel discussion, group-thinking and new ideas.

Go the extra mile
Take initiative to accomplish tasks without being asked. Your coworkers and supervisors will notice. By doing more than what is expected or required, it can result in business improvements and others are likely to follow your lead, which ultimately leads to a more productive workplace. Not to mention it feels good.

Be a leader
Lead by serving others and you will stand out. Effective leadership will help grow confidence in your team, improve business operations and increase emotional intelligence. Those who find solutions and relay them in a constructive way also earn the respect of their peers.

Network
Connect with others inside and outside of your office. You never know if someone you meet will be able to assist in you in the future. Building long-term relationships has been shown to be vital to career growth.

Think ahead
Stay a step ahead and get into the habit of always looking for solutions. Voicing your thoughts is an important component to your job growth and development. A forward-thinking employee is considered an asset.

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