It’s really very easy. You’re performing anyway, so why not make it exceptional? Here’s the challenge, pick one of the following each week to be exceptional. Don’t forget to let your boss know.
Quality of Work – Polish your apple! Your work demonstrates attention to specific directions; is accurate, thorough, and presentable; and is concise and timely.
Initiative and Creativity – Expand your thoughts. You are aware of what needs to be done and demonstrate the energy and self-motivation to begin and complete work requirements without prompting from others: you approach your work in creative or imaginative ways.
Judgment – Figure it out! You evaluate situations, draw conclusions, and make sound decisions or recommendations.
Problem Solving – Figure it out some more! You identify different problems requiring attention: can isolate causes and propose solutions; and are able to foresee the impact decisions made may have on other people or departments and therefore will consult with them.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills – Speak well. You demonstrate conciseness, clarity, tact, cordiality, courtesy, self-control, patience, loyalty, and discretion in both written and verbal communications; listen carefully and understand directions; provide accurate and timely information when required; and are considerate and respectful of different levels of personnel as well as people of different types and cultures.
Teamwork and Cooperation – Play nice with others. You work effectively and efficiently with others; are willing to offer or accept assistance when necessary; and are flexible and willing to compromise or make concessions in the best interests of the organization.
Customer Relations – Help out those around you. You achieve positive relationships with customers, visitors, and all levels of staff; contribute to a favorable public image of the organization; are accessible to users of department services; and have merited the trust and respect of others within and outside the department.
Cost Effectiveness – Watch your resources! You budget time and remain organized and focused on work assignments; effectively preserve and economize on expendable supplies and resources; care for and maintain office equipment; and adhere to departmental cost-containment policies.
What other areas can you shine in? What tips do you have to be a star in your organization? It’s a great way to get ahead in your career!
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