1. Be more productive at work
If you are prone to procrastination when working at home or you took a sabbatical before joining your new employer, you may need to re-learn how to be productive at work.
Establish strict rules about time management to work smarter instead of harder. Invest in a planner or make a simple to-do list to keep track of your progress.
Work on the most difficult or time-consuming task first and celebrate the small achievements to keep driving your productivity levels up.
The office is an environment that encourages workers to focus and be more productive. If you are easily distracted at home, speak to your manager about letting you work in the office.
2. Dress for the job you want
Even if you are working from home, it is still important to dress appropriately for work meetings. It also sets you in the mood to work, which improves your focus.
Taking the effort to dress appropriately, whether you are at work or at home, tells your boss that you are taking the opportunity seriously.
3. Review your career prospects
As much as it is for your employer to review your capabilities, the probationary period is for you to decide whether the employer is right for you.
Ask yourself the following:
- Is the work environment collaborative and positive enough for you?
- Are you learning new skills?
- Do you have good relationships with your co-workers? Are there growth opportunities for you here?
Make sure your choices are putting you on the right path to achieving your career goals that are also aligned with your personal aspirations.
The last thing you will want is to be stuck in a job that you’re not happy with. You may choose to consult with a career coach or a family member for advice.
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4. Step out of your professional comfort zone
Stepping out of your comfort zone is a crucial step. People tend to be risk-averse in the workplace as they don’t want to be reprimanded.
Know when to stop holding on to what is safe and take smaller risks to achieve greater outcomes.
Focusing on challenging yourself will drive your professional growth and help you to build confidence to take on bigger opportunities.
Those who are willing to operate outside the box can ignite a different path or strategy.
5. Speak out
It’s difficult to guess what another person is thinking. It is impossible for a manager to think about what each team member is thinking or feeling.
People who do not voice their concerns or frustrations also tend to let them manifest, which can cause more harm to the work environment.
Employees who speak out also tend to be presented with more growth opportunities, so explain your concerns in clear detail to your manager, so that they understand what their next steps are.
This article is contributed by Randstad Singapore.