Not everyone who is outgoing has great ideas and not everyone who has great ideas is outgoing. So what happens if you’re the latter of the two? It’s time to find creative ways to be heard at work because no matter what industry you’re in, communication is key!
If you want to thrive in the workplace you need to be able to communicate your ideas, skills, and talent in a way that is easily understood. If you’re not the best communicator this can pose a challenge. Here are three ways to earn respect and be heard in the workplace without causing a scene:
Weekly meetings, brainstorming sessions, and in-house trainings are just a few of the opportunities you have to be heard in the workplace. There really is no better time to appropriately express yourself, than in those situations.
There are times management will depend on your ideas and feedback. They rely on you for direction just as much as you rely on them. How else are they supposed to know where you stand in your career and what you want out of the organization?
Speaking up may be uncomfortable at first but don’t give up. You may be timid and unsure of yourself but once you start you’ll be unstoppable!
Show you’re happy to help
Whether at work or in your personal life, respect needs to be mutual. If you’re not willing to support your coworkers they’ll be less likely to listen to your ideas or feedback. When you take the initiative to help around the office, even in areas that are outside of your department, your coworkers will take notice. People value those who are happy to step in and lend a helping hand when they can. The next time you have an initiative you want to bring to the table you’ll be much more likely to feel support from others.
Take a survey
If your company offers an anonymous survey or has a “suggestions box”, take advantage of those opportunities to voice your opinion. 24 Seven conducts an annual job market survey that takes the pulse of the workforce. The feedback we gain from this survey is used to advise employers on what their employees are looking for and vice versa.
The more awareness that is drawn to issues in the workplace, the more likely they are to be resolved so don’t hesitate to speak up on a survey.
How do you make yourself heard in the workplace? Tell us in the comments!
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Written by: Brittany Johnston