Tips to help you stand out at work!
It always feels good to do your best at work. Praise, acknowledgment, and other positive reinforcements may help reinvigorate your work ethic and dedication to your job. If you’re a healthcare worker, you can build a sense of pride in a career where you help take care of people with injuries, disabilities, illnesses, or age-related issues.
Do you wish to develop ways to build a more productive work environment for your coworkers and your patients? Taking steps to maintain a safe, efficient, and positive workplace for yourself and others can help you reach your professional and personal goals. Not only could you help provide more effective care for others, but you may also standout to your supervisors!
Demonstrate your dedication and impress your boss with these five steps:
1. Arrive early to work
If you want to show your dedication to your healthcare job, arrive to work at least 15 minutes early. When you get to work, give yourself time to put away your belongings, hang up your coat, and arrange supplies and paperwork for the upcoming day. Sometimes traffic can be bad or public transportation can be late, so plan accordingly! Allow yourself enough time to shower, change, and eat breakfast during the morning. When you arrive early, you may focus on which steps you need to take to prepare exam rooms, medical equipment, and essential paperwork. You can check your email and the schedule to see how you should manage your time. When you arrive early, you can exhibit a calmer attitude and feel more focused! You could come off as more responsive and confident when speaking with the boss at the beginning of your shift.
2. Dress professionally
Dressing professionally is one way that you can present yourself as responsible in the workplace. On a subconscious level, people who appear clean and professionally dressed are thought of as hard workers. Stick to the dress code of the healthcare facility and make sure you adhere to proper hygiene roles each day. Your boss may notice that effort you put into looking approachable for patients and staff members since you represent the healthcare facility where you work. Plus, you can feel more comfortable during the busy day.
3. Think professionally and positively
Try not to bring your personal baggage to work. Unnecessary drama won’t be tolerated in the workplace. Instead, keep it professional. Show a positive attitude towards your patients and coworkers. Staying kind and courteous to your coworkers will help build a cooperative environment. Another way to stay positive and professional is to avoid complaining. If you think workplace procedures could operate more efficiently, then try coming up with ways that could make the workplace more productive.
Here are some questions to think about:
- Are there any tools or technological devices that could help during the work day? If you can’t think of any, research some apps or ways other healthcare workers make their day more efficient.
- What ways can your department do to improve patient care?
- Do you and your coworkers need a better communication system in order to complete tasks more efficiently?
- Think of ways to improve group morale and strengthen the dedication of your healthcare team. Maybe you can come up with some team building exercises or socialize with them more during breaks.
4. Focus on solutions
As with any job, problems or issues may occasionally arise. If the supervisor is busy, some healthcare workers are given clearance to solve problems on their own. Think about ways you can solve the issue first. If you can’t come up with a solution, consult your supervisor or boss.
Here are two approaches you may take:
- Step #1: First think if you’re legally allowed to solve the problem. Sometimes there are ethical situations where a healthcare worker needs to have the go-ahead from a nurse or doctor. If you are allowed to solve the problem--but are apprehensive—always consult your boss. If you have the authority to help fix an error or issue then it’s time to come up with solutions to solve it!
- Step #2: Next, think of solutions to the problem. Consult your boss and offer several suggestions that could solve the issue while maintaining the integrity of patient care. Many supervisors may appreciate that you took the time to think of different ways to approach the problem. It shows that you care and are dedicated to your patients! Your boss may even use one of your suggestions, saving time and effort on their part.
5. Be proactive
Stay focused on your job and make proactive decisions that can help lead you and your healthcare team to success and positive improvements. It’s necessary that you anticipate the needs of patients. When you conduct your rounds, make sure you communicate and listen carefully with patients about their needs. For example, if you are administering medication, make sure your patients has a glass of water to swallow their pills. You should also help coworkers when you’re available. If you see that coworkers need help or another hand, make sure to offer assistance if you’re able. Staying sensitive to the needs and problems of both patients and coworkers will make you a valuable team player and caregiver. As you are more perceptive to others, your skill for anticipating needs may improve. You can also stay productive by checking and reordering supplies. Your supervisor may value your work ethic, reliability, and go-getter attitude.
Following these five tips may help you display your determination and dedication to your healthcare career. Going the extra mile to help others and focus on solutions may benefit your caregiving skills while impressing the boss. When you show that you’re responsible, proactive, and positive, it can help everyone take notice and help you advance your career. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a veteran healthcare worker or a newcomer; putting in extra effort in can improve the workplace for everyone!
This article was provided by The American College for Medical Careers (ACMC). We offer career advice, student tips, and program-related articles in our weekly blog. If you’d like more information on our healthcare training programs, contact us today or schedule a tour of our Orlando, Florida campus.