Change is inevitable. The world changes ceaselessly and so is your job. Your workplace is a major section of your life. Your joy and well-being depend on it to a very large extent. The main reason you need to keep up with the pace of changes there if you don’t want to be left behind.
In the same vain, what the society needs changes and so you’ve got to learn new ways to meet new demands. New skills surface now and then. And we must acquire them if we want to maintain a high performance form.
All this happening in the heat of workplace competitions. Though, competition maybe sweet, that is only when the competitors are vying to outstrip one another in terms of positive qualities. Otherwise, it is bitter. Destructive.
Let’s face it, if your competitors are young and dynamic, it may be daunting. But you don’t need to resort to witch-hunt or any other unfriendly act. Instead, you should devise a means of forming synergy with them. You can’t tell, their emergence might be a divine catalyst that will propel you into taking practical measures to polish your update your skills and reposition yourself advantageously within the workings of the organisation.
So if you don’t want to be untimely – or ever – retired into oblivion, what can you do then to ensure you remain key and indispensable to the workings of your organisation?
1. Get extra certifications
To start out on the journey, you need an unshakable confidence. Meanwhile, there are many sources you can get this from. A sure quarter for sourcing confidence is getting trainings and qualifications. According to Baylor University’s online DNP, you’ll be bold, decisive and exceptional when you have the right qualifications. And you know what? That is projecting a positive self-image which is magical.
This also goes beyond the knowledge you acquire. Even the certificate you get is a wonderful confidence booster.
And you don’t need to go to classrooms except you really want to. Online courses are handy these days.
2. Liaise with other staff
No man is an island. Collaboration with other staff members is very important. The truth is you actually need others even when you feel otherwise. Because a team worker has a very high possibility of increasing the productivity of the organisation and being held in lofty esteem by the other members of staff.
If you mentor your juniors, they will see you as an asset to them, and if you serve your superiors, they will see you as an asset to the organisation. In either case, none wants you out of the system.
Besides, this helps you reduce the number of detractors you’ve got.
3. Create and maintain professional relationships
Having a good relationship with others in your field even though they work for other organisations is a good thing for your growth. You see, very few things are as enjoyable as sharing. That you give out useful information about how to do something means you can easily get assistance whenever you find yourself deep in some conspiratorial muddy water.
A major gain from this kind of relationship is that learning to solve problems takes a relaxed approach devoid of the rigid formality that comes with seminars, workshops and even school.
It also makes you visible to other potential employers.
4. Avail yourself of every chance
Now this is something indefinite but definitely clear. People inadvertently repel opportunities to polish their skills. Though people like this always give one reason or the other, none is ever genuine or tenable.
If your arch-rival holds the key to a vault of knowledge, you’ll be a fool to pretend you can do without it. What a wise person will do is to close ranks with them.
You don’t need enemies, even though you can’t help having haters.
Junior staff members, mates of superior; on social media or at meetings, you don’t want any chance slip through your fingers.