4 Ways to be an Independent Thinker in the Workplace
It’s always a good idea to “say what you need to say” (thanks John Mayer!). Stop yourself from being held back by making generalizations like: “they’re more experienced, they’ve been working here longer or they know more about this than I do.” Go ahead, speak up and take a seat at the proverbial table to let them know what you’re thinking. There is a big difference between being honest and straight forward (which is often so appreciated and can move things forward for the better) than saying something that comes across as disrespectful.
Listen, observe and learn from what's going on around you. Even if it doesn’t directly relate to your job, it couldn’t hurt to know more about the company, your co-workers, and what is going on as a whole. Everyone works differently, and while it’s important to find your own style and what works best for you, there is a lot you could gain by collaborating with others. Being open-minded in today’s workplace is critical to your success. You never know what you could learn from someone you work with and what it could lead to down the road.
With these 4 tips in mind, you can declare workplace independence: stand out, make a difference and further your career. Cue the fireworks!
Maddy O’Rourke, Finance & Human Resource Specialist
Maddy knows the ins and outs of a successful recruiting and onboarding process playing an indispensable role in helping Alaant build its very own team. Perhaps it’s her love for sports—an enthusiastic Siena Saints and Buffalo Bills fan— that helps her with team building or her interests in other cultures as she loves to travel and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Ireland. The Emerald Isle holds a piece of her heart and so does her cat, Zoe.