A guest blog written by Peter Boucher:
Whatever your position or role in your workplace, good performance is the key to getting noticed by your boss and putting yourself in line for that coveted promotion. Many of us feel that we could be performing better at work, but don’t know how to go about making the relevant changes necessary to achieve this goal. However, there are plenty of simple ways that you can improve your professional performance, and you can start putting them into practice today.
Consider Your Health
If you work in a very high pressure environment, it’s likely that you’ll be rushed off your feet all day and this could mean that your health suffers as a consequence. If you’re not healthy, then your professional performance won’t be at its optimum level. Make sure that you’re eating right and getting your daily recommended intake of fresh fruit and vegetables. Being just a little bit dehydrated can have a serious impact on your ability to concentrate, so drink plenty of water and don’t overdo it when it comes to caffeinated beverages. It’s also important to ensure that you’re getting the right amount of sleep at night. If you’re finding it difficult to get to sleep or find yourself waking up in the night, you may need to consider buying a new mattress or investing in a foam mattress topper. Both these things can help improve the quality of your sleep.
Take some time to sort out your email inbox by organising correspondence into folders and deleting junk. Try to prioritize urgent items and deal with short term requests quickly. You might find it useful to impose a ban on email interruptions by only allowing yourself to check your inbox once every hour or half hour. Multi-tasking excessively can also have a negative impact on your performance, so don’t try to text, work on a long term project and keep up an email conversation all at once.
Learn to Listen
The importance of good listening skills should not be underestimated when it comes to boosting your performance in the workplace. What does your boss really want from you? Make sure you know exactly what’s expected of you before you begin a task, and listen carefully to team leaders and co-workers. You may be surprised at what you can learn by approaching your working day with open ears. Listen carefully when it comes to your feedback and really take on board both praise and constructive criticism.
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