Take initiative at work.
Initiative can be something as simple as organizing the file office or helping out a coworker with a customer to bigger things like proposing new projects and more efficient ways of operating.
Initiative isn’t about fulfilling your job description or doing just the duties assigned. It is about going the extra mile, identifying needs and solutions and helping out before being asked. It comes from having pride in your work and being a part of the success of the business you work for.
As you continue to take initiative at work, your boss will see that you are interested in your job, that you are adaptable and can anticipate what needs to be done, and do it. All these can indicate to your boss that you would be a good candidate for a promotion. In addition, you will be less bored at work because you won’t be stuck in the same routine.
How you can start to take initiative:
- Act without being told. If you see something at work that needs to be one, do it. When you see a need at work, or something to be done, step up to it if you can. The point is to be sensitive and be proactive.
- Do it right. Learn to do the job right. It does not have to be perfect. Part of doing the job right is by taking the initiative to learn how to do it right.
- Ask necessary questions. Asking questions is a great way to show that you are taking initiative by wanting to “know.” In a positive working environment, superiors are very responsive to answer good questions. If you don’t know something, don’t assume it is easy, just ask.
- Point out options for other ways of doing things. If you think that there might be a more efficient way of doing a task, then point that out. It shows that you have thought about an issue. Don’t just point out what is wrong, but provide potential solutions as well.
- Get involved in other activities/duties at the workplace. Your job doesn’t have to be limited to your job description. Offer to help with other projects. This can be fun and break up your day.
Here are some ways:
- Begin new tasks before you are told.
- Make yourself available for extra work or overtime.
- Keep communication with superiors open.
- Make suggestions.
- Try to correct mistakes or problems.
- Work without supervision.
- Take on extra tasks such as helping with staff or charity events.
- Volunteer for committee work.
- Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.
Look for work to fill any spare time while you are at your job.