While the unemployment rate in the United States has been decreasing in recent memory—that number was 6.6 percent in January—today’s workers are competing for jobs that are seemingly scarcer and scarcer.
How can that be? Well, despite the lower unemployment figure, the fact of the matter is that the labor participation rate—63.2 percent—is the lowest it has been in 35 years.
This means that fewer people in the aggregate are working or looking for work, ostensibly because the jobs they’re looking for aren’t there.
This taken into consideration, today’s employees need to do all that is within their power to ensure that the jobs they have will remain secure—at least when it comes to variables that they can control.
With that in mind, workers should try to employ tactics that make them better employees who are more valuable to their companies.
From the outside, working on improving yourself might be a daunting task. But it’s not.
Let’s take a look at five simple tips you can utilize in order to improve your performance at work, thereby fortifying your job security:
Clutter causes fatigue. If you must juggle tons of tasks all day but don’t have a plan in place to do so, it’s likely you’re taking too much time toggling between them.
Getting organized will allow you to tackle those tasks in a systematic manner, increasing your productivity along the way.
If you don’t have anything to strive for, what reason do you have to excel? Imagine you’re working for a company where there doesn’t appear to be any room for growth in the immediate future.
You have your sights set on a promotion, but that doesn’t appear to be happening anytime soon.
Rather than just going through the motions at work, why not set goals for yourself?
That way, when you attain them, you’ll get a feeling of accomplishment.
What’s more, management will take notice of your hard work and when that position opens up, you’ll be in the running.
Even the best employees have room for improvement. Imagine you’re a real estate agent working for a company that’s trying to navigate a difficult housing market.
Why not employ the services of a real estate coach who can help you grow into the agent you know you can be?
Keep this in mind: Even Michael Jordan had a coach.
If you don’t know something, there’s no harm in asking questions about it. On the other hand, even if you do know something, there’s no harm in seeking clarification on a subject matter.
Asking questions shows that you seek knowledge, and that you wish to grow and become a more integral member of the team.
Employees who aren’t healthy are simply incapable of contributing as strongly to the team as those who are.
Make sure to exercise, get enough sleep and eat healthily so that you can avoid burning out or succumbing to stress.
Do you have any additional tips relating to how employees can improve their job performance?
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