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Ways to Cultivate Good Work Habits Almost everyone has some
habits that he or she may not be aware of; habits that are natural at home and
some habits that we bring to the workplace. Good work habits, however, sometimes
likened to good work attitudes, can be learnt to make us better employees. Here
are some work habits and ways to cultivate them:
This is one of the good work habits that any employer not only
expects but also gives credit to, especially during performance appraisals. Leaving
earlier from home makes a difference.
A manager sometimes may expect his executive to work on a report
or presentation urgently. It is advisable to immediately work on it, instead of
nodding and going back to your desk to finish up what you've been doing, although
you may be 10 minutes away from finishing it. Those 10 minutes may be precious
to your manager who may turn up at your desk 15 minutes later asking if the report
or presentation is ready.
When working together on a project, putting aside differences
such as jealousy is vital to ensure the project's success.
- Getting urgent needs solved first
When a team member shows some weakness, the others should help out and get the
team in sync again. A person with good work attitude will not take advantage of
the team member's problem or delight in his mistake.
When there is work to be done, go and get it done. Quite often
when an assignment comes with a deadline, people push it aside, realizing that
they have time to get their work done. As days go by, the deadline nears; people
rush to get the work done. This will only lead to average or poor results when
you could be the person to deliver. This will reflect badly upon the person assigned
to the job and leads to the suspicion of the capabilities to do what was asked
Delegate work to members of a team in a project. This will
ensure that the entire team can do a good job. If there is a particular team member
who may not be able to deliver a good job, guide the member throughout so that
everyone produces good work.
- Share work responsibilities
Even when you may not be involved in a project, it won't hurt
if you volunteer your expertise if the team needs it. Competition among teams
does get tense, and some may not want to share their experiences or skills in
hope that other team fails. Cultivating this good habit of sharing one's skills,
knowledge or experience is important for the organisation's overall success. (Source:
Tanya Regis, "Ways to Cultivate Good Work Habits", The New Straits Times)
- Work for the organisation