Starting a new job can be daunting, especially if it is your first office job ever. Most offices are fraught with politics and other distractions to take your mind off your work. Keeping your head above water, however, is not as hard as you think. Follow our tips on how to be more confident at work.
Don’t Get Distracted
There will always be loads of things happening around you. People will want to chat, and gossip and others will invite you out on breaks. Without being standoffish, you need to focus on yourself. Confidence stems from good, hard work, and being recognised for that work. You won’t become confident if you get swept up in other’s issues.
Use Your Strengths
Playing to your strengths is essential in succeeding in the workplace; when you know your strengths and are able to integrate them into everyday work life, your confidence grows. Do what you are good at, and the rest will follow.
Work On Your Weaknesses
In the same vein as knowing your strengths, you need to know your weaknesses too. We all have flaws, and it takes an active person to admit to them. Get to know them inside out, and work on them.
Keep Track Of Successes
Part of believing that you belong in your job is to see how well you are doing. Keep track of your successes daily in a journal, and read them to yourself at night. Combine this with affirmations said before bedtime and you will be on the road to workplace-confidence in no time.
Feedback could be the most critical thing to seek in the workplace. With correct feedback, you can steer your work in the right direction. Seek out feedback from fellow employees and supervisors to continually keep track of how you are doing. This way you can nip problems in the bud before they become major issues. Good feedback will also boost your confidence no end. There is nothing quite like being told “good job” to get those happy juices flowing.
Don’t let your new work experiences overwhelm you. It’s manageable and possible. Keep these in mind to have the confidence you need in the workplace.