How to Be the Star in Your Workplace (Part 3)


In the blink of an eye, a month has passed. It is important to start well and keep up the good work in your workplace for any recognition and promotion to come your way. We are with you. Below are 3 points to help you along.

#1 Be initiative

Being initiative means doing things without being asked to. Little things add up and you will soon be the star in the company.
This is linked to Point 2 in Part 2.

I was at a wedding lunch on Saturday. A strong gust of wind blew some decorations off the table and they fell to the ground. Some guests came over immediately to help pick them up. A lady went over to the large doors and tried to close them, to no avail. That was when I realized that I could chip in and help. I helped her close the doors and the problem was solved.

Think of how this can apply in your workplace. It could be sending out reminders to your colleagues of the meeting time and agenda, or washing the cups of your colleagues after a big meeting so that they can resume working immediately, or even offering to take minutes in a meeting.

Think of what your superior and boss need. Take initiative by offering to help and you will leave a deep impression on them.

#2 Communicate clearly

Do you know someone who struggles with clear communication? How do you feel when you need to talk to this person?

No one likes to talk to someone who cannot express him/herself clearly. You can improve your communication in the following ways:

  • Listen well
  • Ask questions to clarify (use the 5 W and 1 H format – who, what, where, when, why and how)
  • Repeat what you understand to clarify the message
  • Prepare what you want to say and practice (especially if you are giving a presentation)

#3 Stay committed

We are not robots. We have emotions. Emotions can wreak havoc if we allow them to take control.

On the days where we are moody or feeling plain lazy, we aim to do the bare minimum at work. I get it. I am guilty of allowing my emotions to get the better of me at times. You need to recognize it and not allow it to happen too many times.

Writing down your goals and tasks will help you stay committed. Do what you need to stay focused and motivated. If you need to wash your face, do it. If you need to take a short walk in a nearby park, do it. If you need to take time off to sleep more or talk to a friend, do it.
Discover the power of writing your goals down and looking at them daily.

As your mood improves, so will your level of productivity. Push yourself hard when you can, while going easy when you need to unwind to remain productive at work. When you are productive and independent, your superiors will acknowledge your contribution to the company and keep you in view for the next promotion.

There are 12 points which will help you achieve superstar status in your workplace (read Part 1 and Part 2). Which points do you need to work on the most – taking initiative, communicate clearly, or staying committed?
Are you ready to put in the work to shine at work?