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Personal Coach Tips on How to Develop Effective Work Habits

Cecile Peterkin -- Graduates face unique challenges as they transition from college to the workforce. As a newcomer in a company, here are the important work habits to develop to help you fit in and be productive.

As a new member in the workplace, I’m sure that you’re eager to make people appreciate your knowledge and skills. The good thing is that there are some basic work habits you can develop to increase your productivity. By consistently being effective in your first job, you have a bigger chance of succeeding in your career.

Here are the important work habits you should develop as a newcomer in a company:

1. Ask to take on assignments.

One of the most effective ways to show that you are open to learning is to volunteer for assignments, especially those that others are not interested to do. However, before you volunteer for an assignment, make sure that you have the skills and knowledge required to complete it. If you are confident that it is something you can handle well, then go ahead and ask for it.

2. Be nice to the people you’re working with.

It is important that you be nice to the people around you no matter who they are and what their position is. As a new member of the organization, you'll surely need every bit of help that you can get, and one way to make this possible is by being someone who’s easy to be with.

3. Learn how to prioritize your work.

Sometimes, your eagerness to impress your boss and your colleagues can take away your focus and you end up not being able to finish the more important tasks assigned to you. It is important at this early stage of your career that you learn how to set priorities. This is a vital trait that will help make things easy for you. Plus, knowing how to prioritize will enable you to finish the most important tasks on time.

4. Always be positive.

It is often too easy to feel lonely and down during your first few days at work. You’re not familiar with the work system, you’re not close to any of your coworkers, and all you feel is the pressure of proving that you are worth hiring. You have to take control of everything by staying positive in the face of all the challenges coming your way. Being positive will keep you focused on your goals, and it’s only a matter of time before you finally feel that you belong.

5. Highlight issues, and the corresponding solutions as well.

As a new worker in the company, it is inevitable that you will make some mistakes. Even a personal coach would say that you should also expect to have some problems at work that you may find hard to deal with. In this case, you should let your boss know about it, but don’t forget to suggest solutions as well.

Cecile Peterkin is a certified career and retirement coach, and a registered member of the Career Professionals of Canada and the International Coach Federation. She is also the Founder and Senior Career Strategist at Cosmic Coaching Center, provider of career and life management services for middle managers and mid-career professionals across Canada, United States and Europe.

© 2015 Cecile Peterkin

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