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How to get ahead at work

Look around the office. You know the people I mean. The ones that move effortlessly from promotion to promotion without breaking a sweat. How do they do it? What is the magical ingredient, the secret to success and fulfilment in the workplace?

Climbing the career ladder is not only about how hard you work or how many degrees you have. Rather it is about who you are and how you behave in the workplace. Try these pointers for size.

Be happy

This one is simple. Research has proven that happy workers are good workers. Boost your mood by exercising regularly, eating sensibly and getting enough sleep. Make sure that you get the downtime you need and schedule regular vacations. Stressed and burnt-out is not happy.

Dress for success

Never break this rule. Ensure that you are neatly dressed and well groomed every day of the week. This is important for two reasons. First, people will judge you based on your appearance and second dressing for success will make you feel more confident.

Communicate, communicate!

Good communication skills are vital. If you feel that yours are not up to scratch then work to improve them. Read books on the subject or take a short course.

Gossip alert

As tempting as a good gossip might be, stay away from office gossip and politics. Nobody likes a gossip and even seemingly innocent comments might get you into trouble one day.

You need a plan

If you want to get ahead at work then you need to know where you are going and how you are going to get there. Speak to your boss about your plans and ask him/her for advice on how you can achieve your goals.

Mind your attitude

A good attitude is critical. You need to be willing, cheerful and always ready to help where you can. Respect your colleagues and they will respect you.

Skill up

Be proactive about learning new skills, whether you study outside of work or talk to your boss about how you can skill up at work.

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