A great worker is what employers are looking for. But to be a great worker comes with a lot of dedication, love for what you do, discipline, commitment and engagement. A great worker understands what it takes to be successful at work. He or she understands that a company cannot succeed without the commitment and engagement of great workers.
The question you should ask yourself is: How can I be a great worker?
The following strategies will help you, if you are committed to making a difference:
Know your work:
Great workers know what their work entails. They know everything about their work. They ask the right questions to help them understand their work. if you ask the right questions before you start your work, if you know what you are doing, your work becomes easier. Know your work.
Love your work:
If you don’t love what you are doing, there is no way you can be good at it. Because it prevents you from exploring your work. In order to be successful at what you do, you have to love what you do. Without a true love for your work, it will be difficult to succeed, or to be good at it. Your purpose in life is to find meaning in what you do. Without love for your work, there is no meaning. If you love your work, you will never think of quitting the job. The satisfaction you get from your work will increases your chance of growing faster in your career than you have ever imagined possible. Love your work.
Set a clear goal for yourself:
A clear goal is like a road map, it is a guide, a GPS that tells us where we are going. The most important thing to remember when setting a goal is: to set a realistic goal. Many people cannot realize their goals because the goals they set for themselves are not realistic. They are too vague. They lack SMART.
To be a great worker, you have to understand that chaos is part, and will always be a part of your work. Once you understand that, sometimes, your work is going to be chaotic, you will not panic when you face difficulties during the process of doing your work, and it reduces your stress level.
Being competitive does not mean you have to ignore collaboration. It does not mean you have to work against your co-workers, it does not mean you have to hide information from your co-workers. It means working strategically to achieve the goal you set for yourself. Be Competitive.
Self-encouragement is important in today’s chaotic and stressful workplaces. When your work gets tougher than you had imagined, self-encouragement is the ONLY remedy that can help you get to the finish line. Encourage Yourself.
Visualize your job:
Visualization is picturing your work. It is looking at your work from multiple perspectives. It means understanding what is required to successfully complete your work. Why is visualization important? It shows you the blueprint of your work. It shows you the photographic image of your work. It reduces your stress level, because you know what to expect, and how to handle them.
When you are trying to achieve something great at work, or in life, taking the time to rethink, to recover, to recollect, and to assess what you have done is important. Use your break time to do the following things:
- Use your break time to think
- Use your break time to rest/relax
- Use your break time to read something positive
- Use your break time to listen to good music.
- Use your break time to meditate
- Use your break time to exercise (if you have one in your workplace)
- Use your break time to talk to a friend that will lift up your energy.
- Use your break time to eat healthy food.
- Use your break time to appreciate life
- Use your break time to celebrate nature.
During your break time, DON’T DO THE FOLLOWING THINGS:
- Don’t criticize yourself
- Don’t talk bad about your colleagues, boss, customers, or your workplace.
- Don’t criticize your job. Think about what you have done , and learn from from your mistakes.
- Don’t waste your break time thinking about the past. It is the present that is important, not the past. The past is gone.
Don’t focus on results:
Focusing on results from the outset prevent you from learning your work. It prevents you from enjoying the process. If you enjoy the process, you will learn a lot about your work, or your project. It is the process that encourages learning, not the result. The problem with focusing on the result is, it increases your stress level, which will further hinder your productivity.
Ask the right questions:
Asking the right questions are important. Before you undertake any project- small or big, make sure you ask the right questions. Asking the right questions reveal the unknown about the job that you are about to start. The right questions make your work easier. But more right questions lead to EVEN more right questions.
Have a mentor:
Your mentor will direct you during the difficult times at work. Your mentor will provide you with strategies that will help you navigate through your work.
In order to be a great worker, you have to:
- Know your work
- Love your work
- Set a clear goal
- Tolerate chaos
- Be competitive
- Encourage yourself
- Visualize your work
- Take breaks
- Don’t focus on results
- Ask the right questions
- Have a mentor.