Many employees choose to leave their workplace because they are not experiencing any more professional growth there. They have learnt all that the workplace has to offer and feel like that now they’ve come to a stagnant position.
But ask yourself, are you positively sure that you have truly maxed out your professional growth at your current workplace?
Professional growth can be a personal process and if you aren’t looking, there might be many opportunities you are missing out on. Before you decide to work at another place, take a look at the following ways you can keep growing professionally in your current workplace:
1. Start Taking Ownership
When you are working on projects, start to take more ownership. This doesn’t mean that you boss people around but that you focus on the deadlines, make sure your performance is contributing to meeting those deadlines and client requirements. Ownership allows you to feel more invested in projects. This also allows you to be self-motivated to finish your projects successfully.
2. Take Part in Training Sessions
Older employees can have a prejudice to training sessions at times. They have been around for so long; they often feel like they have learnt everything there is to their work. However, how about taking a fresher approach and going with an open mind?
You can actually walk away from a training session having learnt something new. Applying what you learn from those training sessions can also improve your work. There’s a reason why your workplace is offering them to you after all.
3. Learn from Your Peers
A workplace mentor or even just asking your peers for help on a project can help you grow. Instead of gathering around the water cooler to gossip, ask your peers about a problem you are facing. People always want to help and when you ask for help, you can actually learn some useful ways to accomplish different tasks.
Moreover, it opens channels of communication and an exchange of knowledge so that even if your peers are having trouble, they can reach out to you for advice.
4. Push Your Performance
You might be performing well at work but how about trying to push your own performance? Try setting goals for yourself to accomplish. Doing this allows you to identify any issues in your work and also highlights areas that could use improvement. Moreover, working on a self-correcting basis also shows others that you are focusing on your professional growth.
5. Ask for Ways to Improve
If you have done all of the above, the last step to do is to ask for ways that you can improve. As the adage goes, “ask you and you shall receive.” However, once you ask, be ready to receive the input you are getting and start to apply it. Many workplaces are only too happy to introduce ways through which their employees can grow professionally.
Plus, by showing them that you are interested, you can actually help your workplace open up new channels and present more opportunities as well.
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