6 Ways to Remain Relevant at Work
As the world of business continues to evolve, staying relevant becomes much harder. New technologies are emerging all over the place and businesses of all shapes and sizes are being disrupted. So as an experienced employee, what should you be doing to make sure that you can stay relevant? Here are six key insights on how you can stay relevant in the workforce.
1. Learn to continuously learn
No matter the profession, you should never stop learning. Whether you’re a nurse who takes short courses in your spare time, a lawyer who keeps up to date with new legislation, or a business development manager who trials new processes to build relationships, learning to continuously learn over the course of a career is crucial to staying relevant. Stay curious, read new books, listen to relevant podcasts and attend conferences and networking events.
2. Don’t be afraid to speak up
Have you ever been in a workshop where someone asks a question and you think, “I was going to ask that”? Or have you been in a meeting where a colleague suggests an action that was on the tip of your tongue? Part of the problem is that we don’t believe that our experience and expertise is truly of value. Trust that it is and offer it up.
3. Use real examples that matter to the business
Be the one to speak up if something is suggested and you think it can be improved. Give a working example of where it has or hasn’t worked in the past, share it, or recommend it be opened up to the team to workshop a solution.
4. Don’t let age be a barrier
The longer you’ve been doing something, the more insights, working examples and lessons you bring to the table. You become incredibly valuable on teams because you can speak first-hand about what you’ve seen work or not work over the years. Just be careful to deliver your message in the right way, no one wants to be talked down to.
Similarly, if you are younger in experience, don’t let it hold you back from sharing your ideas and engaging in practices that will grow you. Ensure whatever you share is well-researched, but don’t be afraid to throw some new ideas into the mix – your fresh approach may be just what is needed. Most importantly, it will all be a learning experience.
5. Don’t compare apples to oranges
It’s easy to compare ourselves to others and think we’re somehow not as skilled or talented as a new young gun consultant or recruit. The truth is, what we’ve accumulated in lessons learned through our careers is often far more valued than you might think. Don’t worry about changing teams, embrace it and shine.
6. Blow your own trumpet
Blowing your own trumpet isn’t something to be ashamed of – it’s something to embrace. It’s about telling the world what you’ve done well and where you’ve added value. Blowing your own trumpet is a really important skill when it comes to staying relevant in the workplace and asking for more. Celebrate what you have to offer and take a minute to think about the true value of longer-term work experience. It might not seem you always apply that experience on a daily basis, but it does play an important role in the workplace.
What do you think?
One of the big challenges professionals face is remaining relevant in their industry, especially when that industry is changing. What do you do to stay relevant? Comment your views below and join the conversation.
This article was written by Jelena Milutinovic and Megan Baker on behalf of the Australian Institute of Business. All opinions are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of AIB. The following sources were used to compile this article: Debrief Daily; Entrepreneur and Forbes