Skills You Need To be Successful at Work

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Ways To Improve Your Personal Development Skills


Personal development is the ongoing act of assessing your life goals and values and building your skills and qualities to reach your potential. They can contribute to your maturity, success and satisfaction. Many people strengthen their personal development skills throughout their lives to better themselves and reach their goals. They can do this through education, advice from a mentor, self-help and more.


In this article, we will describe some of the most important personal development skills that can help in your journey to becoming more capable and confident.


Skills needed to be successful at work


Computer skills


In nearly all industries, employees perform many everyday tasks using computer software and programs. Employers need team members who are familiar with common programs, like email, word processing and spreadsheet programs as well as who are comfortable learning new programs. When you begin a job, you will likely be learning a range of new software and industry- or company-specific programs. Spend some time learning computer basics and familiarize yourself with common programs in your field, which shows initiative and engagement.


Technological skills


In addition to computer skills, you should understand any technological or mechanical components related to your field. For example, medical device salespeople must be able to demonstrate how their products work and answer questions from buyers. Skilled tradespeople, like plumbers and electricians, must be proficient in field-specific instrumentation and tools. Having technological skills also includes knowing all safety guidelines and regulations associated with equipment use and maintenance.




Teamwork is important for an organization to run smoothly and efficiently. You should be supportive of your colleagues and able to ask for help when needed. Teamwork involves having a collaborative spirit and being open to working with others and sharing the credit for professional successes. Businesses can be more productive and more innovative when teams work cohesively and put the company’s goals ahead of pursuing individual success.


Organizational skills


Organizational skills can help employees in a range of positions be more productive. Having a clean, organized workspace, physically and digitally, can help you find things quicker, decrease distractions and help improve your focus. To improve your organizational skills, consider reading books on the topic or taking an online workshop to help you learn to declutter, organize and maintain your professional environment.


Tips how an organization can help you improve performance


1. Be a leader and a role model


As a business owner or a manager, you must set a standard for a strong work ethic and productivity for your colleagues and employees in the office through your own efforts.


2. Communicate with your employees


3. Provide constructive feedback


Providing regular feedback to your employees based on their performance at the workplace is an important part of your professional and business relationship.


One of the best opportunities you will have as a manager or a business owner to provide more in-depth constructive feedback is during progress-related meetings. Your employee will not only take it seriously but will also know exactly what direction to take in order to be better at their job.


4. Organize and optimize tasks


Typically, if you are in the service industry, your employees will work with you for around 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. Those 40 hours a week might seem a lot, but they really aren’t.


You’d be surprised to know that over 5 hours on average get wasted by employees waiting for meetings or on other employees every single week.


5. Provide good judgement


Other employees around you will see that you are reasonable with your judgment which will make them feel confident in their decision to come to you for advice in the future if something is bothering them.


6. Let employees learn even from mistakes


Whether it is in the workplace or at home, everyone makes mistakes. It is the most normal human trait. What is important for you to do as a manager or business owner is to help your employees learn from their mistakes.


Your employee in question will not only appreciate your help but will also work extra hard in order to ensure that the same mistake doesn’t happen again.


7. Ask questions


Make them feel like they are not alone and that they can trust you. At the end of the day, we are not robots and all have emotions and problems of our own that could affect our work performance.


Plan your meetings well


 Plan your meetings well


Meetings are powerful, but they are widely misunderstood. Planning and scheduling meetings is a common practice in almost every workplace. That’s why it is important to carefully plan each meeting in order to make it “most effective”.


Take all the time you need to plan your meetings, but keep them short. Make sure that all the necessary elements are in place before the meeting starts. Set a clear agenda for the meeting and communicate the same to all the participants so that they can come better prepared. Additionally,


Coping skills


You develop coping skills by learning from your mistakes. And what better way to make ‘excusable’ mistakes than during your work experience? After all, you’re there to learn lessons and think about how you can improve the next time you’re in a similar situation. When you fail at something, it means you’re in the process of learning and, ultimately, that is the purpose of a work placement or an internship.


The professional experience that you gain can help you work past your mistakes, develop coping skills and take away powerful lessons that can help you avoid similar errors in your future career – which can be detrimental for your success.


As you can see, there is more to be gained from work experience than an extra block of text on your résumé; think of it as a crash course in soft skill development and professional awareness. Luckily, employers look kindly upon these two particular traits, meaning you will be well equipped to tackle the interview process when you graduate.


This article is an updated version of an earlier article originally published on 9 February 2018 and was written in collaboration with Angela Stephanou.



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