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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:
  • Coming in on time
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.
  • Getting urgent needs solved first
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.
  • Work together as a team
When working together on a project, putting aside differences such as jealousy is vital to ensure the project's success.

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.
  • Don't procrastinate
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 of.
  • Share work responsibilities
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.
  • Work for the organisation
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)
 
 



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