For the majority, finding a job is an essential part of getting to where we want to be in life. Ask any adult around you about their life goals and more often than not, it will involve doing well in their careers and the workplace. Thus I think it’ll be safe to say that most of us desire to be great employees and thrive at our jobs. On top of being proficient at your job, having soft skills will go a long way in helping you thrive in your workplace.
More specifically, soft skills are personal traits that allow you to communicate effectively and get along well with other people. This is invaluable as employers are looking for good employees that can work well with others. Without these soft skills, chances are that is that you will find it very difficult to do well at work. Read on to find out what these soft skills are and how you can develop them for your own betterment.
1. Having a Good Learning Attitude
Change is the only constant in the work landscape these days. It is therefore important that you adopt a learning attitude and keep up with changing times. This will motivate you to grab every opportunity you can to upgrade your work skills.
There is a wide range of useful courses offered by public and private training companies to suit your professional needs and personal preferences. Best of all if you are a Singaporean, you are covered under the SkillsFuture initiative started by WDA Singapore. Once you turn 25, every Singaporean is entitled to $500 of SkillsFuture credit. You can use this on a myriad of courses from digital media literacy, leadership programmes, logistics programs and more. As such, learning something new and beneficial to your work can help you stay relevant, bolster your resume and become more motivated to do great at work.
*Head on over to Skills Future Singapore for more information.
2. Being Honest With Your Strengths And Weaknesses
If you have it, flaunt it. We each have our own niche areas at work. Thus, this is precisely why we are being hired for certain jobs over other potential candidates. Even within our job role, we do better at certain tasks than others. It is therefore vital that we recognize our strengths and harnessed them to good effect at work.
Be forthright with your boss about what tasks you are most familiar with and what you are less comfortable with when discussing your job portfolio with him. That way, you may get more opportunities that play to your strengths at work and help you go further the path of workplace excellence.
3. Develop Positive Relationships With Good Communication Skills
Many hands make light work. This is especially true when we are working on projects with fellow colleagues. Having good relationships with your work peers certainly, help ease your work stress, provide cordial company and make work more bearable when the going gets tough.
Take the initiative to be warm to colleagues in your office. Strike up conversations with new colleagues or go out for lunch with your superiors and subordinates. Relationships are built and reinforced through constant interactions and having close and supportive allies in your workplace will certainly make going to your office every day a much more enjoyable experience, not to mention boost your job productivity.
To develop, we would refer you to the classic How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. This book will teach you essential evergreen principles that if adopted will help you become a better communicator, a giver of value and a good leader.
4. Learn How to Manage Expectations
We aspire to be the best at work. Be it to produce work of the highest quality, meet all deadlines or to be a highly efficient worker your employer can count on at all times. As such, we can be too hard on ourselves at times.
We are human and it is part of our nature to make mistakes. Seeking perfectionism in every task you will not often work whatever the job capacity you are in. Give yourself room to make errors even as you strive to be the best in your job. Taking your mistakes in your stride and reflecting on them will definitely help you grow professionally and help you do better the next time around.
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5. Avoid Gossip And Talk About Ideas.
As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” Although it may be tempting to indulge in gossip and rumors, getting caught is not worth it. Gossip is unedifying and it likely affects your superior’s perception of you if they found out. This will undo the good work you have done and distract you from doing your work as well.
Instead, what you should be doing is to read more about anything and everything. A good place to start will be the news. Reading the news will help you gain a better understanding of the world you live in and give you something to discuss with your colleagues. In addition, you will probably be viewed as more intelligent as well.
6. Work on Your Professionalism
While it is often true that a solid work ethic and job capability are the best ways to do your work well, looking the part at work is also important, especially if you are in a line where your physical appearance and dressing are visual indicators to your standards of excellence and professionalism.
You might be one of the best employees at your office in terms of work attitude and performance but if you don’t walk the talk in your look and dressing, you may not be able to climb up faster the ranks as you have wanted to. The act of dressing well reflects well on you as you are acting professionally when you dress appropriately for the job.
7. Take Control of Your Health
To take charge of your work, you should also take control of your health and personal well-being. Having a strong and healthy body and clear mind help you function with ease when taking on your job responsibilities.
Getting enough rest, exercising regularly and eating properly will help you to be fit and healthy. Cultivate these good habits and put them into practice routinely. When you are in the pink of health, you will be in the best frame to tackle the multiple challenges at work and unlock more doors to greater success at work.
While acing at work is not that simple, it isn’t as difficult as you may have envisaged it to be. Developing these soft skills successfully could see help get where you want to be in your career.
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