As a young entrepreneur, you want to be sure you are taking and making the right steps to continue progressing in your career.
I went from working for a small digital agency to a large corporation in the span of year. Even though the cultures were different, there’s a few things I noticed to be the status quo. It’s always interesting to just observe people over time, as well as how people receive certain actions.
During my 5+ year in the workforce, here’s a few things I’ve learned that may prevent you from progressing in your career.
Avoid being the disgruntled employee
Don’t build the reputation of being the person that is always pessimistic or upset about any and everything within your company. People listen and people talk. Do you want the reputation of always being negative? There is a tactful way to highlight any problem areas or areas of improvement.
Companies love when their employees contribute to making the workplace better, or ways to make more money. But, don’t speak negatively without sharing an idea or possible solution. Without expressing ideas or ways to change, you risk being viewed as the person that is always nagging, and that’s not a persona many people would like to be around.
Don’t NOT speak up
If you have an idea or see any area of improvement that would be beneficial to everyone, say something. Your idea may not go into effect immediately or it may be faced with a few challenges but you will gain the respect of your peers and superiors for speaking up and taking the risk.
A common problem in the job place is a group of peers will express their distaste for something amongst each other, but will never raise this issue to those that may have an impact or be able to inflict change. Even when they are presented with the opportunity to do so. If you are ever presented with the chance to “share your thoughts” do so!
Avoid Not Being Respectful of Others
Always treat your colleagues with respect, even if your personalities do not align or another person may be difficult to work with. If you can show that you can handle tough situations with grace, you will gain the attention of management and the high ups. This is an invaluable soft skill to have, especially if you are eyeing positions that involve managing other people. Of course, this is not condoning bottling up your thoughts and feelings. You can still convey your true thoughts and feelings in a way that is respectful to others. Trust me, they will also be more receptive as well!
I’m sure there are other behaviors or actions that you may want to avoid depending on the environment, but these are the common hindrances I have seen within my time fully in my career, across different environments.
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