Tips to climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der

Lesotho Times - - Jobs & Tenders -

THE finest em­ploy­ees spend the bulk of their time help­ing their cus­tomers and col­leagues im­prove and suc­ceed. But bring­ing achieve­ment to oth­ers should come with its re­wards, and it is cru­cial to make sure you stand out from the crowd and get rec­og­nized for your ac­com­plish­ments. Here are a few tips to get your work no­ticed which will ease your way up the cor­po­rate lad­der.

Have buf­fers in your sched­ule. If you’re to­tally and con­stantly fo­cused on your ca­reer, you’ll end up burn­ing out. More­over, it has been proven that tak­ing 10-minute breaks ac­tu­ally im­proves fo­cus and pro­duc­tiv­ity. High stress is bad for you and your job per­for­mance and be­ing tired slows you down and re­duces the qual­ity of your work.

So make sure you take a breather now and then and catch up on other pro­jects or in­ter­ests. You could read the lat­est post from your favourite gos­sip blog, pick your fan­tasy foot­ball team or bet at the lot­tery on Lot­toland. What­ever you choose as your escape, make sure it’s to­tally non-work re­lated and if it is an ac­tiv­ity with huge prizes, like one of the lotteries re­viewed here, you’ll get an adren­a­line rush to boost you for the fol­low­ing few hours!

Be first with an idea and a pur­pose and take care of any prob­lem be­fore they are even rec­og­nized by those around you. Ar­rive early, stay late — putting the time in is im­por­tant as it shows com­mit­ment to the cause and that you’ll be there to take com­mand of any un­ex­pected sit­u­a­tions. When you show that you are part of a team and not just act­ing as an in­di­vid­ual, your boss and your col­leagues will see you as a leader and some­one who can bring about change. For in­stance, sug­gest im­prove­ments to make the work­flow more seam­less — this is es­pe­cially rel­e­vant with new tech­nolo­gies and their ever-in­creas­ing ar­ray of pro­duc­tiv­ity-boost­ing tools. Stay abreast of im­prove­ments by sign­ing up for tech alerts.

Show a lit­tle of your per­sonal side by cre­at­ing re­la­tion­ships within the work­place that help other peo­ple iden­tify and re­mem­ber you. You don’t need to be ‘besties’ with ev­ery­one you work with, but it’s a huge ad­van­tage in a crowded work­place if more peo­ple know you and have a pos­i­tive im­pres­sion of you. Give your col­leagues a few per­sonal de­tails add colour and depth to your pro­fes­sional im­age. Also get to know a lit­tle about the peo­ple you work with if noth­ing else it will make your days more in­ter­est­ing. But don’t get too fa­mil­iar as this may hin­der the pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ships you built.

We’ve all en­coun­tered a few syco­phants in our time, those peo­ple who be­come un­rec­og­niz­able when­ever the boss is near and will do any­thing in the hope of get­ting ahead. Don’t be that guy, in­stead, try to make all your work in­ter­ac­tions end with you viewed as some­one with an opin­ion that mat­ters. Learn to lis­ten and em­pathize, give con­struc­tive feed­back and get ready to re­ceive feed­back from oth­ers with­out tak­ing it per­son­ally.

Hope­fully these tips can help you raise your head above the para­pet, be­come a vi­tal mem­ber of your or­ga­ni­za­tion and progress faster on the ca­reer lad­der. But don’t forget, in the end, noth­ing can be a sub­sti­tute for hard work. — En­tre­pre­neur

IN to­day’s highly com­pet­i­tive busi­ness world, climb­ing the cor­po­rate lad­der takes more than a good ed­u­ca­tion and solid job ex­pe­ri­ence.

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