How to Create Growth Opportunities in Every Job
Even though the recovering economy is putting employees in a position of power, how do you know for sure that opportunities to grow will be plenty in your current role? Would it mean that you could be promoted? And if so, how quickly?
It seems that in today’s job market, employees are on the lookout for growth opportunities, and this often determines whether they will stay at their current company or jump to a new one. In fact, in a recent survey, Jobvite found that 45 % of employees have given the reason of – better opportunities, for leaving their current job for a new job.
Nobody is foolish enough to guarantee anyone a promotion without some observation of his or her work habits and accomplishments. Although there are plenty of instances where these aspects are not considered, the fact remains that all companies who are hiring have growth opportunities.
Put yourself in your boss’s shoes and ask yourself if someone, or group, in the company will make a decision for promotion, why they should choose you? Why they should not choose you?
In most cases, they would look at your record. They would want to know how you did at your job, what your co-workers thought of your approach to the job, how you get along with your team members and how knowledgeable you were about your work, the company in general, etc. If the performance data and social relationship reports are not good, you should probably, forget about it.
The best advice to anyone who wants to capitalize on growth opportunities is to do something every day that increases your value in the eyes of your company, your co-workers and your boss. Think about what you could do each day to bring out the best in those around you at work, and then act on it.
Margaret Heffernan, a TED speaker, says : “Bringing out the best in others is the best way to bring out the best in you.”
Below are some things that I believe will both help you to be ready and allow you to create growth opportunities at any job and in any company :
- Anyone who has a habit of looking for the good that others do, and attempts to positively reinforce that behavior in some way, is creating an opportunity for growth.
- Take Initiative. Let “I will be glad to help” be your motto.
- Try to learn something new every day. Read, listen, watch and do something that you have not done before. Tai Lopez, a serial entrepreneur, says he reads a book every day. Well, if knowledge is power, he is a very powerful person.
- Help your seniors and let them know when they have done something to help you or others.
- Support your co-workers.
- Smiling is contagious and reciprocates positivity. Face it — no one likes a negative person.
- Let others at work teach you something. Only a few things are more enriching than teaching others something new.
If you inculcate these things in your daily working life, it will give your boss and others unique/ standout reasons to choose you for any new opportunity. Moreover, you will improve the lives of others as well as also your own in the process.
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