Creating a Workplace That Inspires You and Helps You in Your Career Progression
Workplace issues can run the gamut from job satisfaction to compensation to managing “up” to your boss and “down” to your subordinates. Each workplace has its own culture, norms and idiosyncrasies, but in many ways they are all the same. Learning to smoothly navigate among all the policies, procedures and people can make everything run smoother.
Finding an ally in the office can help you determine which workplace norms you should follow. And, just as important, be observant and inquisitive. Does everyone seem to know about company happy hours on the third Friday of the month? Find out who organizes them and figure out how you can be included.
It’s also important to make sure you have good working relationships not only with your boss, but with your peers, your subordinates and those in other departments. Many workplaces are fluid, and someone who reports to you today could be given a promotion and end up in another division. You want to make sure that your interactions with them were positive so that you then have another ally elsewhere in the company who can offer you insights you may need.
Working collaboratively instead of competitively with your entire team can be important for the future. It’s vital to be known as a team player and not someone who steals glory or shirks their part. Your boss is likely watching how you interact with others and you want to make sure your work product and demeanor reflect well on the company and department.
Likewise, having your boss as an ally can be vital to your career advancement, for obvious reasons. Not only because it can help you garner well-deserved raises, promotions and reviews, but because a boss who believes in you is likely to give you better projects and assignments and promote you in other areas of the company. Having a star employee on their team makes a supervisor look good as well so always be cognizant of how your work and interactions throughout the company reflect on your boss and department.
You spend a lot of time at work so it’s vital that you work as hard as you can to fit in and enjoy the culture and vibe that is your workplace. It’s best for your career – and it’s best for your personal advancement and satisfaction.
List of all articles in the workplace section.
- 3 Tips on How to Deal With Difficult Work Situations
- 5 Ways to Improve Office Communication
- 6 Keys to Clear Writing
- Annoying Coworkers: 20 Annoying Workplace Habits to Break Now
- Assertiveness Techniques To Give You Power to Stand Up for Yourself with Co-Workers
- Before You Call That Meeting… Should You Meet at All?
- Best Practices in Setting a Meeting Agenda
- Breakdown in Communication: Listen to What You’re Saying
- Can I Work Here? How to Identify the Workplace Culture and See if You Are Going to Fit in
- Don’t Use Emails as a Matter of Course; Consider Your Other Options
- Employee Performance Evaluations – How to Make Your GOALS Work for You!
- Employee Performance Review — How to Make the Most Out of Your Meeting with Your Supervisor
- Facing Obstacles by Building from Possibilities
- Find the Real Power Centers at Work (i.e. the Informal Power Centers)
- Five Tips to Write Better Emails and Raise Your Profile at Work
- Five Ways to Deal with an Irritable Co-Worker
- Getting Off on the Right Foot in a New Job
- Give Yourself a Self Esteem Boost
- Giving an Engaging Presentation: Some Thoughts and Practical Tips
- Good Work Ethic: Embracing Problems As Opposed to Ignoring Them
- How Gratitude Makes Your Job Better
- How Personality Plays Out in the Workplace
- How to Document Your Performance to Get a Better Evaluation
- How to Fit Gym Time Into Your Day
- How to Have a Successful Meeting
- How to Improve Your Verbal Communication: Five Things to Consider
- How to Manage Your Email Account: Tips & Tricks
- How to Pitch Working from Home to Your Boss
- Increasing Accountability: No More Blame Game
- Know the Underlying Motivations of Your Boss Before Jumping to Conclusions
- Leading More Effective Conference Calls
- Navigating Office Politics
- Overcoming Mistakes at Work: Don’t Beat Yourself Up!
- Proper Lighting Can Impact Your Productivity
- Public Speaking with Zero Preparation: You Can Do It
- Re-energize Your Career
- Remain Inspired by Having a Clear Objective in Mind
- Ten People You Really Should Get to Know
- Terrified of Presenting? Some Thoughts on Why You Shouldn’t Be
- The Way You Talk About Work Affects Your Own Attitude
- Tips on How to Start a Community Outreach Program at Work
- Trade Show Tricks: What to Know Before You Go
- TTFN.. SWAK.. Signing Off Your Emails with Polish
- Understanding Dumb Decisions
- Water Cooler Dangers
- What Makes a Good Place to Work? 5 Ways to Know It When You See It
- When to Leave Your Job and When to Stay
- Work Schedule: Going to Work Early and Leaving Early or Arriving Later, but Staying Later
- Working for a Hard Driver
- Workplace Dynamics: Understand All Your Stakeholders
- You Can’t Change Others — How to Use Influence to Your Advantage