Learn how you can improve your work performance and get noticed through our top work performance tips.
What are the types of work performance? And why is it important for employers?
Employers typically evaluate your performance based on documented targets, responsibilities and other expectations deemed crucial to your role. Common types of work performance cover tangible elements like sales, revenue targets or customer satisfaction indices. Employers also give weightage to intangible elements such as teamwork, creativity, communications and problem-solving.
Business owners need employees who are able to get the job done. Most companies use annual employee performance reviews to determine if your work performance is up to par because employee performance is critical to the overall success of the company. But why wait for your review to roll around when you can start improving the way you work today? You can begin by adopting key attributes that will work in your favour especially if your last employee performance review already highlights areas for improvement or your weaknesses.
Here are 4 key attributes you should adopt to improve your work performance
1. Focus on the Task
Do one thing at a time. Multitasking is not good for you because your brain can only concentrate on one thing at a time. People who switch their attention back-and-forth between different things experience mental fatigue, lapses in attention and commit more mistakes. As a result, their work performance suffers.
Choose to direct all your five senses and attention towards accomplishing one task. You will find that this helps you become more focused and efficient.
Give this a try: Silence or switch off notifications temporarily on any of your digital devices, like your tablet or phone. You can place your iPhone on “Do Not Disturb” or place your Android device on “Mute”. After doing so remove them from your workplace, so you can focus on completing one task at a time without any distractions. You will begin to notice a difference in your work performance and productivity.
Types of work performance you will improve: Work Quality, Efficiency and Creativity
Single-tasking allows you to focus your attention and concentrate, forcing you to dig deeper and develop creative solutions or even uncover new insights. As this continues, you will see a change in how you approach your work and in how you produce your work.
2. Take Care of Your Mental and Physical Well-being
Be mindful about honouring your mind and body. Remember, you can’t deliver your best work when you are tired. Starving yourself or working through the night affects your work performance. Let’s break down its effects. First, you will experience physical and mental fatigue as your blood sugar dips and sleep deprivation kicks in. Soon after, you lose your concentration and your stress levels increase. All of this leads to a decline in your work performance. Remember your mental well-being shouldn’t be taken lightly. When you feel drained, it makes it harder for you to motivate yourself, to keep your attitude in check and to make fewer mistakes.
So, if your job requires you to sit for a long period of time or it requires you to work late occasionally, then follow these tips to keep your well-being in check so you can continue to excel in your work performance:
- Schedule breaks so you can stretch or walk around – this improves blood flow to the brain, helping you to think more clearly
- Get at least 6 hours of sleep every night
- Take a 20-minute catnap whenever you can especially when you have pulled an all-nighter – trust us, it helps
- Make time to eat regular meals and healthy snacks
- Consume more energy-boosting foods like dark chocolate, nuts, blueberries, oranges and fatty fish, coconut, kefir, etc.
- Re-hydrate throughout the day
- Take 5 minutes to focus on your breathing or meditate when you feel your day spiralling out of control
- Make time for yourself – figure out what you enjoy whether that is going for nature walks, laughing more, listening to music or playing an instrument then block out time to do just that.
Types of work performance you will improve: Problem solving, Time management
You will take fewer sick days when your mental and physical well-being are in check. Staying healthy is a vital link to your work performance. You’re more likely to meet your deadlines and be more effective on the job when you take your physical and mental health seriously.
3. Take Charge of Your Workday
Improve your work performance by planning out your schedule for the day. List out your to-dos for the day either the night before or first thing in the morning so you can optimise your workday. Think about what it is you want to accomplish for the day and which projects will need more of your time. Remember to include 5 minute breaks every hour so you can clear your head before beginning your next task. If you find yourself struggling to come up with ideas, then make time for a 10 minute walk or a meditation session.
When you segment and manage your work day well, you will not only feel in charge of your work but also your life. Besides just setting up a daily schedule and sticking to it, here are some other tips you can start practising to help you take charge of your workday:
- Manage your emails and learn to prioritise tasks based on importance and urgency rather than on how much time it will take to complete it
- Learn to ask for help and delegate tasks when necessary
- Set a time limit for your meetings and for each job task to avoid procrastinating
- Save yourself time and energy by planning ahead and grouping similar tasks together.
Types of work performance you will improve: Time management, Efficiency, Teamwork and Leadership skills.
Taking charge of your workday means having better time management, productivity and efficiency. When you prioritise your projects, you feel more in control of not only your time but also your stress levels. Naturally, you become more efficient and reliable and this will reflect in your work performance.
4. Learn to Collaborate
Collaboration is a necessary skill at the workplace because your team’s success is your success as well. Working in teams generates new ideas and quicker execution because everyone is working together to complete the same task.
So how do you become an effective team player? First, make sure you are doing your best in your work performance. Second, support your teammates whether that is through your expertise, project management skills or resource planning. Third, understand your own weaknesses so you can tap into your colleagues’ strengths. Last but not least, ask for advise and tips if you are uncertain about something and offer to help whenever you can.
Types of work performance you will improve: Leadership skills, Communication skills and Teamwork.
Through collaboration, you will build your emotional intelligence, otherwise known as your EQ. This means that you will understand how others think, approach their work, negotiate and operate. EQ is important to have if you want to be a leader and it allows you to perfect your communication skills.
Your work performance is what your bosses and your teammates will primarily judge you on. Depending on how you perform, you will either get to keep your job or lose it, so understanding your work performance expectations is imperative. Make sure to do this within your first 2 weeks. Ask your boss what factors, KPIs or work performance types (teamwork, leadership skills, etc) he or she will evaluate you on. If your work performance evaluation happens annually, then ask for monthly or quarterly feedback so that you can make the necessary changes before your annual review. Ask your colleagues for their honest observations, so you can continually improve your work performance. If you want to stand out, then be proactive with your work performance. Remember to utilise our 4 tips and see it make a difference.
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