Improving your work performance

5 tips for improving your work performance

The key to improving your performance is not to be overwhelmed by setbacks or problems but to control problems and improve how your work gets done.

Everyone is looking for an edge in today's demanding and competitive business world. In order to maintain your level of performance, new habits need to be formed and refined. The main key to improving your performance is not to be overwhelmed by setbacks or problems but to control problems and improve how your work gets done.

Get rid of clutter (both on your desk and in your filing system)

Many of us have let our workspaces become cluttered with papers and knickknacks. Anything that isn't work-related should be filed or trashed (and no, we're not talking about your family's pictures or clocks). If your space is out-of-control, then your work may take on that same chaos.

Set your daily priorities in order

Before you start your workday, write down a prioritized list of what needs to be done so that you stay focused. This sounds simple, but many people fail to do this exercise.

Work to quickly resolve problems

When a problem arises, resolve the problem as quickly as possible. Unresolved problems or obstacles can become a big distraction to your work performance.

Stay organized

Learn to stay organized. One of the best ways to do this is to circle a date on your calendar for organizing your workspace, and make sure you stick to it.

Know how to manage your team

It's critical to know when to delegate work to others and when to accept work delegated to you. In fact, many team leaders fail to utilize their team's capabilities effectively when the workload becomes heavier.

Executive summary

Remember that you don't need to do all the work yourself. When your manager asks you to take on a new project, it's okay to request the manager help to set your boundaries and priorities. This may help him or her realize that, in order to meet the deadline, others need to be involved in order to accomplish the project effectively.

It has been proven over time that habits take about 30 days to develop. Print these habits out and keep them at hand. Review them frequently until they become routine.

Need help or want more information? Contact Cindy McSwain using the information below.

Cindy McSwain

Senior Vice President
Outsourcing Services

Cindy McSwain leads AGH’s outsourcing services group. Her team provides payroll, accounting, funds disbursement, controller, and other financial outsourcing services to numerous clients throughout the U.S. Prior to joining the outsourcing group, Cindy served AGH’s audit clients for 10 years, working with a wide range of middle-market, closely held and family-owned organizations.

Her current clients cross many industry sectors, including manufacturing and distribution, restaurants, retailers, medical and not-for-profit. She has participated in numerous SEC filings and public registrations and has experience in mergers and acquisitions. Cindy is a certified public accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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