Work Resolutions

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Will any of your resolutions include work related items? If they don’t, maybe they should. Here are some suggestions.

Be more patient toward your coworkers, supervisors and bosses. You have no idea what is going on in their personal lives. I’m not suggesting that you let your colleagues walk all over you, just be less quick to get upset or angry.

Speak up
No one can read your mind. If you want a raise, set a time to speak with your boss and ask for it (with appropriate documentation of why you deserve one, of course). If you want to move your desk to another cubicle or nearer a window, ask. Fretting about people not reading your mind will only frustrate you.

Give credit to others
Admitting that your brilliant idea came from Marge in Accounting, doesn’t make you look incompetent (especially if afterall you were the one who implemented it). It makes you look like a team player.

Know when to walk away
In regards to being stuck on a project. Sometimes all you need is an hour or an evening to gain fresh perspective. (Note: this does not work on deadline.)

Treat deadlines with respect
Even if in your office “deadline” means sometime between Thursday and Monday, don’t be that guy who turns it in on Tuesday. People are counting on you to get your work done and on time. So even if deadlines are flexible, treat them as if they are final.

Meet new people
You never know who knows who. Introduce yourself to someone new. If you aren’t proud to say where you work (or it won’t be well received) just state what you do. You might meet a new business contact who can save your department money in printing costs.

Keep your work space clean
A clean desk means a less cluttered mind, or something like that.

What other work related resolutions should be added to this list?

What I Learned While the Boss Was Away

I learned that things will continue on as usual. People will still need your help. They’ll still ask for more than you can give.

An obvious lesson I learned is that one person cannot do the work of two, no matter how hard you try. I was lucky that my co-workers were kind enough to understand that as well. I learned that a little extra patience and a friendly conversation goes a long way.
The ability to manage your own time and keep on top of the things in your queue is a skill that I’m getting better at every time it is my responsibility. I’m proud of what I accomplished last week.

I got a little more insight into the other side of the office and how things work “over there.” I learned that proper criticism goes so much farther than tearing some one down. Everyone has a bad day, but I learned it is how you handle the next day that matters. No one wants to have a terrible day.

I know I learned more last week than this post implies about myself, my company and my co-workers. However, putting all those things into words isn’t the point. It’s the changes, no matter how subtle, that make a difference.