How To Be Effective In The Workplace

In order to be effective at work we must start by realizing and admitting we have both strengths and weaknesses. Both issue impact either negatively or positively on our work and ability to work effectively. But being effective at work is essential if we are to progress in our careers and increase our prospects for the future. So what should we concentrate ion in order to become effective and dependable employees?


The first step is to identify our priorities and our purpose. Ask yourself what is your job all about what is the purpose of what you do? It may surprise you to know that many people have no idea of their purpose, many people have never considered this important question – have you? If you do not know your purpose and the purpose of your job how can you set priorities? If you have no idea what your Job purpose is then I suggest you talk to your manager and discuss this vital issue with him or her.

In order to do this or to want to do it you must adopt the right attitude. But what exactly is attitude, what is the right attitude? People with a good attitude take the initiative and use their initiative. They are self starters and do things because they know it is the right thing to do. They are willing to help and assist others in the workplace and are ready to help those who fall behind. They do not wait to be asked, they do it voluntarily. Most importantly their personal work is always “top quality” as they demand a high standard of themselves and accept personal responsibility. No one else is ever to blame for errors. In addition people with good attitudes have a good ethics and morals.

One of the best ways of becoming more effective is to learn how to manage and priorities your time more efficiently and effectively. Every day should be planned and every activity put in its rightful place in terms of importance. Sort through all of the tasks for the day and complete them in order of importance. Don’t wasted time on social media and on personal calls. Being effective will assist in bringing enjoyment into your daily work particularly if there is a lot of routine work involved. It will also help in reducing work stress.

No matter what job we are in there is a need to communicate every day. We make phone calls, talk to customers, attend meetings, write emails and so on, so good communication skills are a must. But what we often forget when it comes to communication is that all forms of communication start with listening and understanding - really hearing and understand what other people are actually saying and not what we think they are saying. Think about this and then ask yourself if you are a good listener. Has anyone ever said to you – You’re not listening, that’s not what I said?

Finally you need to consider your career development and personal learning objectives. No matter what field you are in it is important you keep learning and developing your personal business and work related skills. Ask yourself what courses or qualifications you could consider that would assist you in your chosen career. That of course is assuming you are in the right career, that you do in fact have a career path and objective and that you are not just in a job. Be honest, do you have a distinct career path or are you just taking jobs because they are available. If you are then you will never be an effective employee.

Des Squire (Managing member)
AMSI and Associates cc
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