A dedicated worker at any level will tell you it’s important to have some sort of vision or plan for success and growth. Whether it is in the form of goals, monetary success or professional reputation, motivated employees plan and monitor their work on an ongoing basis.
Blindly completing work everyday and hoping for positive feedback at your six-month performance review will not be beneficial for the employee or employer. Waiting too long to track your work style, progress and goals can make it much tougher to improve in the long run. Constantly setting goals, sharing what you’re working on, collaborating with co-workers and tracking your results will allow you to improve regularly.
With the advanced technology constantly surrounding us, improving our quality of work and productivity is a lot easier. Setting up a system that will let you monitor tasks, goals and end-results will not only constantly keep you in the loop, but you will also be able to forsee problems as they arise. When you create collaborative goals and projects for yourself, you allow your team to monitor your work and offer feedback before it is even completed. This will let you spend time on fine-tuning your work before it is even considered the final product.
Getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of work can make it difficult to keep a track of your best work and accomplishments. With deadlines, meetings, training and office events, a work day can flash by with the blink of an eye. After cranking out hours of work, the last thing anyone wants to do is go through a lengthy process of organizing their original work into a portfolio, whether it is online or hard-copy.
Taking a step back from work and analyzing your impact and contributions is something that employees need to take control over. Relying on a manager’s feedback is not enough, as they often make it a more formal and lengthy process. Managers are often buried in work and feedback might not be a top priority for them. It’s helpful to understand what type of manager you have and have real expecations.
Pulling up weekly files and comparing them with your goals and asking for feedback from colleagues will allow an employee to improve their quality of work and professional growth significantly. They will be taking charge of their careers by visualizing their work often. Does your work make a statement about who you are and what you are inspired by?
Have you taken ownership of your progress?