First, lets examine what it means to take initiative. Taking initiative is going beyond the outline of your job description, seeing a task that requires completion and assisting in completing it without being told or possibly expected. Going above and beyond your typical responsibilities can help to evenly distribute the workload amongst co-workers and work towards a more cohesive common goal. Here are a few suggestions to help you to flex your initiative muscles.
Some of the following suggestions may seem obvious, but if you’re like me, sometimes the obvious answer is often the least obvious solution…. Hope these help!
- Doing things or projects that others often avoid. This one may sound obvious, however, in any office setting there are always jobs that feel too tedious to do! However, stepping forward and picking up these jobs not only completes the task, but can leave you with a satisfied feeling that you’ve done well. Plus, your employer and co-workers will be singing your praises!
- Volunteering to work with different teams or departments. Stepping out of your comfort zone is a huge way to take initiative in the workplace. Not only does this help to shape you as a well-rounded employee, it also teaches you what your strengths and perhaps weakness’ may be moving forward. Plus, who knows, you could even make a new friend or two along the way.
- Being forward thinking, consistently improving systems and processes. There is a famous saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”, but just because it isn’t broken, doesn’t mean that it can’t be improved or revised. Continually looking forward and finding new, easier ways to complete a task will help things in the work place run smoothly. It may even free up some extra time to complete the tedious tasks that nobody wants to do!
Thank you for reading, I hope these suggestions help you to grow and move forward professionally!
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