13 Little Things You Can Do to Be Better at Your Job

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Excelling at work is essential for both your personal growth and the benefit of the company. While reading posts here in the past, you may have come across a post about how to get noticed in five minutes. That just goes to show going the extra mile doesn’t require a lot of extra time or effort.

The things below take a little longer to do, but they’re still effective and efficient. You can easily incorporate them into your everyday routine.

1. Check in With Your Boss Regularly to Show Commitment

Like many employees, you may hardly interact with your boss unless something’s wrong. However, it’s smart to begin checking in on a regular basis. That practice demonstrates you genuinely care about supporting company goals and values and take feedback into account while working.

2. Communicate More Effectively By Looking Beyond Email

Inbox management probably takes up a significant portion of your workday. You might be surprised to learn that a recent study of communication habits at a London power company found up to 80 percent of emails are wasteful. One of the study’s authors emphasized phone calls or face-to-face chats are often more effective at conveying ideas than a chain of emails.

3. Enjoy More Workplace Perks Through Mentoring

Multiple studies show mentoring programs lead to benefits like greater engagement, higher productivity and better retention rates. Those perks remain the same for both mentors and mentees. More than 70 percent of Fortune 500 programs have mentorship programs, so if your workplace doesn’t, there’s strong evidence it should start one.

4. Enrich Your Skills Through Continuing Education Opportunities

Education shouldn’t stop once you earn your diploma or start working in a career of choice. By looking for online and in-person classes that help you learn new skills and expand upon ones you already have, you could make yourself more marketable and potentially eligible for promotions.

5. Be Timely to Impress Your Boss

Even if you have the option of coming to work at a flexible time, it might be in your best interest to arrive at the same time as most others, or even slightly earlier. A study that looked at how employee start times relate to favorability found managers give higher ratings to employees who get to work early, even compared to those who do not, but stay late.

6. Get More Done by Taking Short Breaks

Taking breaks at work may seem counterintuitive, but studies show the most productive people fall into a pattern of taking breaks once their productivity levels off, then using time at rest to get restored. Try an experiment and work with a purpose for no longer than 90 minutes, then take a short break.

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7. Power Through Your To-Do Lists by Adding an Office Plant

Researchers in the United Kingdom found including one potted plant in an office increased productivity by up to 15 percent. It also made workers more invested in their tasks.

8. Organize Your Desk to Stay Calmer and Avoid Losing Things

A cluttered desk could make you feel overwhelmed just by looking at it and cause you to misplace important papers that get buried under the mess. Spend time cleaning and maintaining your workspace to avoid those outcomes.

9. Motivate Others to Increase Morale

Trying to boost morale at work could have a ripple effect throughout the organization and make supervisors see you as a team player. Making others feel motivated also demonstrates your belief that time at work is about more than just income, because it shows you value collaborative efforts.

10. Be a Workplace Ambassador and Improve Your Communication Skills

Going to conferences, luncheons, club meetings and similar gatherings allows you to be a brand ambassador for your workplace. As a result, you get people interested in what you do and where, thereby sharpening your communication skills and feeling more at ease in public. Better communication skills aid you in both work and leisure settings.

11. Make a Stronger Impact Through Body Language Awareness

Body language often happens unconsciously, but it’s a good idea to tune into yours. Nonverbal communications affect how we think and feel, and can influence the assumptions others have about us. While at work, your body language can help you convey power, willingness and interest while interacting with colleagues.

12. Plan Ahead to Reduce Stress and Set Expectations

Between the time you leave the office at the end of the day and come in the next day, figure out what you want to accomplish during the day to come. Doing so sets expectations and reduces stress levels. Specifically, planning allows you to anticipate things and feel ready for them before they happen, increasing your overall resilience.

13. Avoid Procrastination to Lessen Anxiety and Show Good Time Management

Procrastination could reduce your work output and give managers a bad impression. It increases anxiety and makes you more likely to feel flustered, plus gives superiors the idea you can’t manage your time properly because you appear to always be scrambling to finish responsibilities.

Many of the suggestions you’ve just read can easily become lifelong habits.

When that happens, they enrich your life by helping you get tasks done at work, have higher-quality outputs and attract positive attention from supervisors and peers.

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