Self-Improvement Work By Mike / July 17, 2014 Share Tweet Pin Share Share If you’re an employee, you know every detail of your job description entails offering competent services to your employer. However, if you are the kind that co-workers often complain about and would rather work without you, or the one that never gets compliments for work well done, then you have problems. This, among other challenges, mean that it is time you re-invented yourself to become more useful to your employer. Competent employees are the pride of their employers and the company would do anything to keep them in the firm. This, notwithstanding, perfecting your skills is not a walk in the park. You need to rationalize your skills and personality so that they represent your worth to the company. Though you may not grow to be the perfect employee, probably because employees have their challenges as well, you will grow to be an example others can emulate. Here are a few nuggets from experts that actually work and help you become better at your work place: Improve Your Customer Service Skills A business cannot run without employees and customers. Therefore, as an employee, you also need to develop customer service skills in order to move ahead in the company you work for. One of the major reasons for delivering poor customer service is having poor communication. Communication is a crucial part of any society. From airing grievances, to discussing issues with colleagues and closing deals with clients, communication stands out as an important component of everyday activities. Communication is not just about how you talk to others — it goes deeper than that. Learn how to listen and be interested in what people say to you. Similarly, incorporate body expressions and open gestures in your conversations. Apparently, there is more to what your body language communicates than what comes out of your mouth. Communication helps you network more and make your brand better. In the end, this turns you into a dependable employee that can be trusted with significant company tasks. Learn Daily Each new day is an opportunity to increase your knowledge The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. It is common for most companies to encourage employees to further their education. Take advantage of this opportunity and use it. While learning, attempt to implement the newly acquired skills in your organization to prove that you are willing to become better. However, learning does not take place in schools only. Learn new tricks from friends and colleagues. For instance, learn how to install an antivirus program in a computer or to delete a virus manually. Each new day should be used wisely so that you are a better person from what you were yesterday. Setting Smart Goals If you do not know where you are going, then any road will take you there. Setting goals helps you stay focused and determined to achieve them. According to experts, it is very essential to set up annual, quarterly, and daily goals beside lifetime ambitions. This helps you plan your day and prioritize which tasks to tackle fast and in a certain order. Having a diary or a daily planner can be a shrewd step of starting on your targets. But setting goals alone is not sufficient, if those goals are not achieved. The purpose of having daily goals is to ensure no day is wasted. Each goal should be set to complement your quarterly and annual goals. Generally, if you can manage to complete and achieve your daily goals then you are likely to accomplish your annual targets Know the Problem and Find the Solution Challenges are a part of everyday life and it is no surprise that there will be difficult tasks facing your department regularly. Instead of sitting around, like most employees, take it upon yourself to come to the table with solutions. Employees that strive so hard to solve pertinent issues in a company are accorded appropriate honor and respect. When you find out about a problem, take time to research on it. Consult with professionals and find a solution then bring to the table. Work Smarter, Not Harder It is a common trend; employers fancy seeing you working hard throughout the clock. But this is not a smart idea, working extremely hard will not only make you tired but also turns you into a robot with nothing special to celebrate about life. The best way to go about work is to work smarter. But what is working smart? Working smart entails organizing your work so that it becomes a passion, something you enjoy doing. For example, you can combine similar tasks and work on them as a block. Similarly, learn to say no when you are unable to undertake a task beyond your experience. Nevertheless, this does not rule-out the fact that you have to do your best to deliver quality work each time you are assigned a task. Some Salient Advice Employees are constantly struggling to maintain their relevance in their work places. This should not be the case any longer. With these tips you will be able to overcome challenges at the work place and achieve the euphoria you’ve always yearned for. The benefits that accrue when you learn and implement these tips will blow your mind and help you become better at what you do.