Make the effort to grow your workplace strengths and to turn your weaknesses into strengths. Developing a strong workplace personality with positive characteristics takes time and deliberate effort. Use every opportunity to turn what you do well into something you do better.
Use your strengths in the workplace to help others. If you have a good work ethic or are a good problem solver, for example, show up to work 10 minutes early to help set up the restaurant or office you work in for the day. Stay another 10 minutes after your shift ends (if allowed by company policy) to help a co-worker with some work or a problem he has to solve. To develop your ability to help others, look for an opportunity to be of service to someone. Ask the person politely if they would like help before you jump in to assist them, however. Do this at least once per shift to get better at it.
Attitude plays an important role in whether we enjoy our jobs or not. It also affects how our co-workers feel during their work day. It is definitely more pleasant to be around those who are happy than it is to be around those who are constantly negative. If you generally have a good work attitude, share it with others. Smile as often as possible, and spread your good cheer by offering encouraging words. Build a good attitude by avoiding complaining about things on the job or specific people at work. When you are tempted to do so, keep your mouth closed. When you next open it, make it a point to say something positive, even if it is commenting on the weather in a positive way or asking someone if they have had a good day. Others will appreciate your efforts.
Good communication is vital in any workplace. Whether you tell an incoming assistant teacher how things went with the preschool classroom you help with in the morning, write an email to your boss about a problem you are facing or communicate orally with a client over the phone about a project your company is doing, communication is an extremely important part of your success on the job. Develop your ability to communicate by talking more openly with your supervisors about both good and bad things that happen at work, reviewing emails carefully for respectful tone and conciseness before you send them or by taking and delivering accurate messages when you take phone calls for others at work. Each opportunity to talk with someone at work is a chance to improve your communication skills.
Successful employees look for something to do when there is nothing to do. If you are naturally self-motivated, you would be leading by example, without words but with plenty of action. You are looking for productive ways to fill empty time at work, perhaps filling out your schedule for the next day or calling customers to see if they need anything. You work to manage your time well and prioritize your tasks according to the most pressing. If you need to develop this skill, start by asking your supervisor if there is anything else you can do when your work is finished. Look around you to see what tasks need to be completed that have not been done yet.
Leyla Norman has been a writer since 2008 and is a certified English as a second language teacher. She also has a master's degree in development studies and a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology.