If you just got through a performance review and find that your work isn’t up to par, don’t be disheartened. You can improve your work performance! Here are some steps you can take so that you’ll have more positive and glowing reviews during the next performance review.
- Have a positive attitude. Everything starts with your attitude. Regardless of what your job title is and what your duties are, you should come in everyday with a bright and positive work attitude and mindset. If you come in to work with your feet dragging in and feeling the Monday blues, you’re setting your day up to be slow and difficult. Be excited about what you do! Be grateful you have an opportunity to make money for you and your family, to contribute to your company, to help others and be productive. Even if you have an entry level position or work in a blue collar environment, make yourself stand out by being enthusiastic about what you do.
- Understand your job description. Know what is expected of you. Make sure you are able to complete all the tasks required of you, then do the third step.
- Go the extra mile. Go over and beyond what is expected of you. For example, if you are tasked to answer phones, do so with enthusiasm. Greet everyone with a smile and be helpful to callers. You can even make a system for yourself to make things more efficient. Volunteer your time for extra tasks, even if there’s no immediate monetary compensation for it. Come it to work earlier or stay later if it means you will be more productive. Your superiors will know they can count on you.
- Get more education. If you’re a manager and find yourself challenged by handling some personnel issues, do your research. Read up on trade periodicals, self help books and attend training seminars to constantly improve your skill level. The fees for work related education may be sponsored by your company or can be tax deductible as a business expense. Make the time to further your education so you can get the credentials to be qualified for higher management level positions. Don’t having the lack of a degree hold you back. Do something about it.
- Ask for feedback. Talk to your immediate supervisor and find out specific ways you can improve something or do something better. Keep the line of communication open with your boss so he can give you feedback about how you are doing. If you’re unsure about how you’re tackling a specific project, ask how it can be done better. And when you execute it, make sure you go the extra mile.
Approach your work with the mindset that you will make everything you do great. Make sure that anything that has your name attached to it will come out perfect. Take pride in what you do and remember that nothing is beneath you or too menial for your skills.