Innovative, forward-thinking individuals are in high demand in today’s ever changing job market. One of the best ways to impress a prospective employer is to have examples of how you’ve added value to your workplace. As apps, websites and general tech is disrupting more elements of the industry than ever before, this means more than just working extra time. The old adage “work smarter, not harder” has never been truer. We’ve put together a few tips to help any potential innovators add value to their workplace.
Find an area that you’re spending too much time on
Being able to accurately analyse the problems with a specific area of the business shows critical thinking, as well as a proactive nature. Consider what exactly is taking up the most time and then think it through: what has changed since this process started, both inside and outside of your company. What do your competitors do? Are there products available that could help and does the time saved justify the cost? An accurate analysis will show to a potential employer that you’re a valuable asset to any business.
Remember that your time is valuable
Many ideas seem simple, but end up becoming far more time consuming. These ideas will often end up as side projects, distracting employees from their daily work. It’s important to remember that while these ideas could add value to your workplace, they’re also taking up your time, which is valuable to your employer.
This also means that improving your own skills will add greater value to the workplace, after all, if you can do more with your time then your employer is getting more out of you. With this in mind, don’t be afraid to research courses and classes that will teach you valuable new skills.
Discuss & listen
When you have an idea that you think has the potential to improve your workplace, don’t keep it to yourself, discuss it with your colleagues. As everyone has different job priorities a quick discussion may help you to shape your idea in a way that will improve the environment. Conversely it may be that your idea will improve one area while detracting from another, in which case discussion with others is essential as it will affect them. Discussing with more experienced colleagues may even reveal that the idea has been tried before and hasn’t worked.
In the same way that you shouldn’t keep your ideas to yourself, you should also share your learnings. If you know a quicker way to do something, send an email around. The less time everyone is spending on a task that can be done more efficiently, the more time that can be spent on other, more difficult tasks.
Everyone has to begin their search somewhere. Don’t be afraid to search google for the answers to even the simplest questions – there’s a reason “just google it” has become common lexicon. Google and other search engines will help you to find the tools you need to improve your workplace, especially when you’re struggling to come up with an answer on your own.
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