6 Proven Steps to improve your Organizational Competency
Okay, so you just landed a new job with a reputable company and you’re looking forward to impressing your new boss and other staffs. You want to win everybody’s heart by showing how effective and efficient you can be in executing prospective tasks. The achievement of this goal isn’t far-fetched but it can only be achieved when the primary objective of your employment becomes your main focal point. I’ve made some extensive research to how a new employee can profitably improve his or her organizational competencies using 6 practical steps. These steps are quite easy to implement if you’re disciplined and passionate enough about achieving the primary objective of improving your work effectiveness. The steps are discussed below;
- Identify Your Goals
The main reason why organizations spend money, resources and effort in recruiting prospective employees is because they have needs- minor or major which are very important to be met. So they launch out adverts, whether digitally or conventionally till they’re able to find capable individuals that would match the job requirements. Now you’re employed, congratulations to you. This is the beginning of your success story or failure-depending on your commitment to serve and your first take-off.
The first thing you need to do to prove your competency as a new employee is to know what your goals really are, the exact reason why you’re given the job, the need you’re there to meet. One great way to fail as an employee is to work outside the jurisdiction of your job requirements. Your contribution towards meeting the specified job needs is what will be measured not the extra jobs you do outside what is required of you. In simple terms, be very clear on what your goals are and face them squarely.
- Get Clarified on Your Roles and Responsibilities
Knowing what your goals are is the first step to improving your competency, but another important step is to recognize your roles and outlined responsibilities. This will help you to manage your time properly and minimize the stress of doing unnecessary tasks that are not outlined in your job schedule. When you know what you’re intended to do, your job becomes simpler to execute and you increase the possibility of becoming very effective if you’re focused on what is truly important.
Many employees complain helplessly of enormous workloads they battle with every single day. If you study their approach to their jobs you will discover that they’ve been keeping extra baggage of unnecessary tasks on their desks, thereby, denying themselves the time and energy needed to do what is really important and required. The obvious truth is that at some point, you will be assigned to carry out some tasks which are not outlined in your job roles but you’ve got to do them anyways if you don’t want to get fired.
The second step is about telling you how not to overload yourself with burdensome tasks that aren’t yours to worry about. You become less productive when you operate under stress, and you know for sure that this wouldn’t add an inch to improving your workplace effectiveness. Remember, you’re rewarded for getting your primary work done not the extra burdens that threatens to kill your productivity.
- Don’t cross the red zone
There is no better way to lay a bad impression on your bosses’ hearts than breaking company’s law and crossing the red zone in with the excuse of ‘ignorance’. Before you make any mistake of over-zealousness, you need to get to know all about the organization’s rulebook, instructions and punishment against trespassing. Sometimes, many employees find themselves reprimanded for jobs they’ve done right and are very confused and angry about management’s reaction; this is because the management cares more about employees respecting every inch of their rules and policies more than they care about the employee’s success. If any employee defects, it sends a signal that the rules and regulations are not being respected thereby disregarding what they stand for. No management body wants to feel powerless over their employees and of course, their rulebook is simply their “list of don’t do’s” way of telling employees what could easily pissed them off. Stay out of the red zone!
Acquaint yourself properly with your company’s rules and regulations. This will be a sign to them that you respect the decisions of management and you’re willing to stay at the confinement of your jurisdiction.
- Identify a Network of Assets
The best gift you could ever give to yourself is human assets. These are specific people around you in your organization. They are potential threat lifters, problem-solvers and information providers in almost every field. You need them to succeed. It is not part of your job to make friends with everyone within the organization but it is part of your competency requirements to get the right kind of friends in your business circle. There is absolutely nothing compared to having people with the right information at your beckoning. You need to identify this kind of people and bring them into your world to support and guide you. Your competency development depends greatly on the kind and level of information you receive per time as concerning the execution of your job.
- Cut out Office Distractions and Time Wasters
A vast number of people in your work environment would probably be looking forward to tea breaks and lunch times in order to escape the burdens of work. Many of these people would seek out other like-minded people to spend their time with. They will go on and on chatting about irrelevant stuffs than finding opportunities through these breaks to develop themselves. I’m not saying mingling with people isn’t the right thing to do, all I’m saying is that gathering around people who just can’t seem to be discussing about important and meaningful stuffs shouldn’t be one of your side attractions. You don’t need them.
- Prepare Reports in Bits
One sure way you can ever make yourself more competent is when you don’t chunk up reports, data or information that are needed to be summarized till the end of the month. Breaking reports into smaller bit sizes so they don’t get ambiguous, confusing ad even tiring to read and understand is a perfect way to become more effective. This delivery approach has worked and it’s still working like magic because it prevents the mistake of omission of sensitive information and details that are really needed in the report. Prepare a short but detailed report at the completion of every task, though it might be a hard thing to do but in a short while it will become a habit you wished you’ve known for a very long time.
When you put these 6 steps into action, you will discover that being effective and competent are not results of the motive of putting good impressions on the heart of management but of the relentless effort in developing yourself for a bigger future in the organization and beyond.