Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone at the HR Water Cooler

Tiptoe-ing through the HR news for the week ending April 26th, 2013:

Quit being so efficient

Employees at every company hope to find success in their careers—who doesn’t? Once those pesky butterflies from the first few weeks of a new job go away and employees get settled into the daily routine, they’re able to get into a groove and handle their responsibilities with ever-increasing speed and precision. But this comfortable pattern, Inc. taught us this week, may not always be the most conducive to success.

Employees often get caught up in the pursuit of efficiency, losing sight of other important aspects of the job in the process, like valuing customer satisfaction. The author recommends producing swift results at work, to be sure, but cautions us to value moderation and prudence, as well.

Reach outside your shell

For employees with “Type A” personalities, an active attempt to stop being so efficient may seem a bit scary, but an article in Forbes this week tells us that accepting discomfort and the lessons that come with it is a surefire way to improve your learning. We’ve all heard of the notion that success is difficult to come by without taking risks.

In a competitive environment, employees and companies that allow themselves to step outside of their comfort zones—to speak up in an important meeting, for example, or offer to meet with a prospective client—are most likely to strike gold and reap career success.

Don't miss out

Golden opportunities like these are not always easy to come by, and according to TLNT this week, millennials are the generation most concerned by this. The term “FOMO,” or “Fear Of Missing Out,” and is largely self-explanatory.

Many young employees feel a sense of internal urgency at work that parallels their internal need to figure out what to do with their lives—where they want to settle down, who they want to surround themselves with, and what the rest of life has in store for them. The author advises employers to manage the FOMO phenomenon among millennial employees by maintaining strong and open lines of communication.

Widening awareness

It’s important for employers to accommodate their millennial employees in order to encourage their best work. At the same time, it’s vital for millennial employees to adhere to the pre-existing culture and habits of the business. At the end of the day, it’s really all about making an effort to relate to others, we learned this week from the Harvard Business Review.

In order to gain respect and influence at work, employees must master situational, personal, and solution awareness. By doing so, they can show others that they understand their outlook and opinion about any given circumstance, as well as their “Path to Progress.”

The ability to truly understand someone else’s point of view requires us to step out of our shells. This is a valuable skill for the workplace, to be sure, but it’s some solid general life advice, too. (You can thank us later!)


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