In the competitive business market for technology workers, you should be thinking about how your coworkers and supervisors see you, and what you can do to improve your standing at your company. These habits will hopefully allow you to outshine your coworkers and earn your next promotion. Think about these habits as you plan for the new year.
1. Understand your current position
Understanding where you are and where you are going is a key component in any successful strategy. The first step in planning for the upcoming year is to be honest as you assess yourself, honestly evaluating your strengths and weaknesses, and determine where to make changes that will make you a better person and worker.
2. Don’t complain
You do not want to be seen as the person that complains. There will always be problems, and you should be looking for ways to improve processes and create opportunities to show your ability to recognize the issues and recommend improvements. You should focus on those problems and recommend solutions that are good for the business as well as your coworkers. When you present your solutions, you’ll be seen as a problem-solver. Problem solvers are seen as valuable, but complainers are seen as people to avoid.
3. Think strategically
You must be constantly looking at events and assignments as part of the bigger picture. This will help you in the completion of your daily tasks, but will also help you better understand why you are asked to perform those tasks. You also have to recognize how those tasks fit into the tasks that other coworkers are working on in your department, and in the other departments in your company.
4. Service to others
Always be thinking about what other people need to do a better job, and find ways to help people. As a team member, look for ways to help your coworkers on daily tasks, without allowing them to take advantage of your assistance. If you are a manager, you should be looking for ways to remove barriers for your team. As the team is more successful, you will benefit by that success.
5. Create opportunities
If you are waiting to be discovered, you may be waiting for a long time. When you see your opportunity to speak up and show your abilities, you have to make sure you are ready to raise your hand or stand up and speak your mind. This will show others that you are working toward the common goal, and it will create a lasting competitive edge for yourself. We are all responsible for what we do and don’t do, what we don’t do is often a regret. You can create opportunities, even where none appear to exist.