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It is no secret that bosses love and appreciate employees who are always on top of things, not the ones waiting to be told what to do. The most valuable employees are the ones who are proactive.

Do you know why you need to be proactive?

Being proactive will not only boost your confidence but will also boost your professional career.

When you are proactive, you will:

  • Record more success.
  • Get easily noticed by superiors.
  • Get faster professional growth.
  • Have a sense of control over your job.
  • Find it easier to balance responsibilities without compromising the quality of your work.
  • Be a reliable employee.

How to be proactive:

Have a clear understanding of the big picture:

Understanding the big picture of your company gives you a clear idea of what to do and how the work you do supports the workplace’s vision. It keeps you in the know of how the pieces are connected and help you identify gaps that need to be filled. With this knowledge, you know how better to support your co-workers. 

Get involved:

To be a proactive employee, you must be involved in major company activities. Participate in meetings and ideas and opinions in important matters or projects. Network with colleagues in order to get up-to-date information and new activities. Engage with people at all levels within your company.

Be more alert and present:

Being more alert and present at work opens you up to areas of opportunity swinging by in the office which co-workers may be blind to. Take mental notes or write them down, sharpen them into great ideas and wait for the right opportunity to talk to your immediate boss about it or chip it in a meeting when the chance arises.

Always have a fall-back plan:

As you plan for that upcoming project, make provisions too for unexpected challenges that may arise in the course of the implementation. You can only achieve this when you develop a detailed plan for the execution of your project ahead of time. Use your past experiences as a blueprint to prevent problems from reoccurring and to prepare for possible challenges. This makes you feel powerful when/if problem strikes.

Organize your work:

When you get a grip on your role and tasks, it is easier to be in control, prioritize tasks and meet deadlines. Knowing when to do what and allotting time for each task depending on their due date gives you the wiggle room to take initiatives because you’re in control of your time.

Kill procrastination:

You cannot be proactive when you’re still struggling with procrastination. Taking timely action prevents falling behind time. In case you missed it, this is how to Nip procrastination in the bud.

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