more independence in your jobDoes
you every day?
Then you should definitely change something before routine and boredom have completely destroyed your passion for your job. To be more self-determined at work, it helps if you adopt a new way of looking at the workday. Instead of thinking you’re doing the same thing you always do anyway, think about how you could do something different today. How you could turn an “I have to” day into an “I can” day.
If you start focusing in the morning on what things you can get done today, you’ll see work from a completely different perspective. If you do this not just once, but over and over again, after a while you will work that you act with much greater self-confidence. You will also look at the clock much less and have much more fun at work. After a while, you will suddenly feel the urge to make a difference. You want to contribute to the company. BUT … Now it’s not always that easy. When employees work in a thoroughly hierarchical organization, it is usually completely opaque to them and difficult to assess what concrete contribution they are making to the company’s success. They have no chance of recognizing their individual benefit.
In such cases, there’s only one thing that helps: venture into the foreground and ask questions. Ask your supervisor what the value of your performance is measured by. Of what you do, what is most valuable to the company? And what might you be working hard on but not really delivering value to the company?
Both sides benefit from such a conversation. The manager senses that the employee WANTS to perform. And the employee has a chance to focus on the things that really matter.
If you dare to do this, take a closer look at your daily routine. What do you do particularly quickly? When are you at your best for which activities? And where are there perhaps things that annoy you? If you keep this in mind, you can begin to consciously organize and structure your day. Then you will possibly schedule the “difficult things” in the morning, namely when you are still bursting with energy.
With this awareness and these arguments, you might even be able to sit down with a handful of colleagues and put together promising work packages, despite all hierarchies and rules. In this way, you can take responsibility for your work performance bit by bit, instead of having the feeling that you are only working through things according to your boss’s specifications.
But what does that look like in concrete terms? What can you really do?
Here are 23 tips on how you can promote independent thinking and action in your companyReflectBe
vigilant and constantly review the way you work. Maybe there is a better way to achieve the work result in question? If you recognize something you could do better, go ahead and try it. And if it works, show it to your colleagues or boss.
Question yourself and your teamLook
your team. What can you do really well yourself? What doesn’t come so easily to you? And: What is your colleague possibly unskilled at?
agbar? With this knowledge, you can start to organize the tasks in your department differently. If it works well, you can also talk through certain ideas with your boss. This way, you give him the chance to see you increasingly holistically as a person, not just as someone who has a specific function and has to fill it.
Test “under the radar”
Even if the company, reflection and change, in your way does not allow so easily, go this way. Important: Work “under the radar” at first, otherwise you risk an immediate outcry from routine-addicted colleagues. It is much more effective to change processes in your day-to-day business. Anyone can do this without having a stone thrown in their path. Your creativity may infect others and thus gradually lead to change.
Dare to exceed your competence
Dare to go beyond your own boundaries (be it your departmental boundaries, your function, or your area of responsibility). If you see that something needs to be done “over there,” just go for it.
Ask for help
If you need help, whether it’s because you simply don’t have the manpower or because you lack a specific skill, just ask your colleagues. You will be amazed at how uncomplicated this usually is. But you shouldn’t go too far. Only minor assistance can be provided through official channels.
It’s the same the other way around. If a colleague asks you for support, just go and help him or her.
Have the courage to come up with new ideas
Think: “What have I always wanted to try? Be aware of your inclinations, interests and fields of learning and think about how you could try out these fields in your work environment. Of course, these should be fields where you produce results that benefit the company. Propose your ideas to your supervisor. You are showing your boss a genuine interest in the company. He may even give you a free hand.
Bring your talents into play
Ask yourself: “How could my talents, beyond the day-to-day business and my area, be useful to the company? Write down your own ideas and discuss them with your colleagues. Once you have agreed with them, approach the boss with your proposal. You already have the necessary arguments and, if necessary, volunteers.
Make suggestions for improvement
More and more companies now have an ideas competition, ideas mailbox or “ideas manager”. This suggestion system already offers every employee an opportunity for self-determination. Start taking an interest in improving your area, or even beyond. Use these platforms to implement improvements together with others on your own responsibility. In doing so, you already have the opportunity to decisively shape your company.
Broaden your view and change your perspective
Take a look at where your job actually comes from and where your work result exactly goes. Go “out of the box” and take a completely new perspective. Seek contact with your colleagues. They canr usually provide completely new food for thought. If you thus look beyond your own work area to the company’s overall value creation, you may discover opportunities to organize the work flow even better. From this, you can derive small projects on your own. And when you see what happens to your work product and how important it is to your colleagues and ultimately to the entire company, you’ll start to think entrepreneurially yourself. Then you’ll start looking for every little bit of freedom you can get. And you will find it. That’s a promise!
Maybe there are no suitable projects in your daily business yet. In any case, the social sector offers opportunities to get involved. Maybe it’s the next summer, annual or Christmas party? Or maybe you can get involved in mentoring new colleagues?
With all courage, respect is important
Make sure that in your path of self-determination you don’t encroach on the sphere of power of others. Especially in classically organized companies, hierarchies and territories are very clearly defined. If you overstep the boundaries, the organization will quickly punish you.
Use your free time as well
Work-life balance can also be interpreted differently. Be prepared to commit yourself in your free time, because often the day-to-day business hardly offers time for extra projects. But since you choose your “projects” yourself, you should also enjoy them, so that you are happy to spend some of your free time on them.
Sounds poetic, but it’s true: “Learn to love yourself”.
Be confident about your strengths and weaknesses. If you like yourself, you don’t need to maintain a facade to please others.
Also sounds poetic: “Get to know yourself”.
Knowing yourself is the first path to more freedom. Listen inside yourself and find out what comes easily to you. What seems to be your real strength? In turn, what tasks keep giving you trouble? And then consciously sign up for tasks that fit your strengths profile. Tasks that suit you.
Use your strengths
Work consciously on using your strengths. It makes no sense at all to work on your weaknesses. But: Stand by your weaknesses. Admit to yourself: I’m not very good at this. And then think about how you could compensate for that. Maybe you could swap work packages with a colleague?
Look for allies
Observe your colleagues. Find out what they are really good at. Especially look for people with skills you don’t have. And then team up with them to tackle complex tasks together. Realize that admitting that you are not a jack of all trades makes you likeable. Then you will automatically get help. And the beginning for a possibly collective openness has already been made.
Engage in constructive dialog
Talk to your supervisor about problems that have come to your attention. And bring your own suggestion to the table. How would you do it and what competence do you bring to the table?
Have civil courage
It is worthwhile to learn from the Dec
and point out grievances. That’s how you stay true to yourself as a person and to your values. It’s also worth putting your career on the line for a while.
out in what way you could contribute to the company as an expert. Educate yourself further. Make yourself visible by solving problems – and not just talking about them.
smallWhen problems arise, try to see how it works if you take action yourself and don’t point the finger at your colleague, the boss or the other department. That way, step by step, you will qualify for the next task or even promotion. Look forward to being a bit of a hero already!
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