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Why It Is Important to Embrace New Challenges At Your Workplace

by Ciana Carrie. |

A lot of challenges arose for me when I recently got a new job, seeing that it is in a different field from my previous position.

I had to learn everything from scratch again—including the company’s practices and policies. I also needed to familiarize myself with the way certain tasks have to be completed from a different angle instead of the traditional approach. Between being accustomed to the office environment, I had to network with my colleagues and comprehend their personalities so that I can avoid a clash of characters and awkwardness among ourselves.

Based on my observations, there is a handful of important reasons why embracing new challenges is important for your growth as a new member of a corporation. This also includes the skills that you’ll pick up or hone with experience.

Time Management

While I’m fortunate that the department I am under only handles one part of the job scope, it’s not an easy feat, regardless. The entry line starts from my department and because of that, I’ve to concurrently balance the different tasks assigned to me within a limited timeframe or remaining work will be delayed. On top of that, I have to deal with the odd occurrence of urgent ad-hoc tasks. This would occur regardless of whether you’re working in a small firm or a large transnational corporation.

Your time management skills could also be tested when your colleague begs you at the wrong time to help them. It might not be good, especially when you’re stressed out and rushing to complete your side of the project. As Forbes.com elaborates, Since time is such a precious resource, the only way you can free yourself to do the things you want is to say no frequently. Practice makes perfect.’ What this means is that you’ll have to learn that you can’t be Superman and do everything in one go. If you take on every workload, you’ll feel like you’re caving in from the pressure and increase your stress levels.

Instead, you can and think of it in a positive manner. Forbes.com further explains that ‘people think they have to do everything, assuming that more is better. The best way to solve this problem is to focus on achieving just a few things. Prioritize and learn to say no to anything that is not on your shortlist.’ This may mean delegating your tasks to your colleague even though it’d be a challenge. You’ll have no choice but to do so if it means prioritizing paperwork that is more important over those that are not.

You learn how to compromise

It is a double-edged sword for any employee due to its advantages and disadvantages in the workplace, which could prove to be a challenge when you have to work with colleagues and clients. Small Business Chron.com notes that ‘a person who typically uses a compromising conflict style attempts to balance the needs of both or all sides in a conflict by encouraging everyone to give in on at least some points. This style of conflict can be more time-consuming and require more “people skills” than other conflict resolution techniques.’

I understand that it is necessary to compromise to ensure the smooth completion and execution of a particular document. While everyone involved is able to voice their ideas and opinions about how to accomplish it, the challenges arise when there was bad faith involved prior to or when one party is being unreasonable with their demands. As long as this happens, you’ll require the presence of a third party—either your manager or someone higher up the management ladder, or even a professional mediator—to defuse the tension and resolve the conflict. This would help prevent the loss of a business relationship when everyone’s needs are being factored in light of the end goal.

Learn how to negotiate

It is not easy to remain patient when you’re being pushed to the edge by your colleagues or your client’s insistence that a project is completed in one way, rather than what is best for all parties involved. With that being said, this is more commonly found when you want to secure a business deal or convince your opponent to settle a case out of court. Although this is somewhat related to compromise, there will be new challenges arising from it—even if you’re experienced at negotiating with someone.

To negotiate would require both parties to be patient at all times. If one party is susceptible to anger, it would lead to a bad negotiation because they’re not entering it with a clear mind. Everyone has the basic right to express their ideas and views without being interrupted by you, so it’d be beneficial to have a roundtable discussion. As what Management Study Guides.com suggests as an additional tip, ‘You might not agree with him but at least listen to him first. Sit with the second party and make him realize how the deal would benefit you as well as him.’

To be headstrong

One of the challenges you’ll have to embrace would be your ability to toughen it out in the office and have a headstrong attitude. It is there for you to learn from and improve on yourselves while you garner new skills and especially when you make a mistake.

In a LinkedIn article by Tengku Badaria, the Four Seasons KL Sales Director elaborates that you should always approach tasks - even if the difficult ones - with a positive attitude and a belief that you can do it.’ When you can exemplify this ability, it shows the office management that you’re an employee who doesn’t give up easily. Having said that, this wouldn't only be reflect how you are as an employee but eventually helps you to build character and grow out of your comfort zone when facing your fears. With the insights above, I hope that it would persuade you not to shy away from any new challenges that crop up in the scope of your work. I also wish that you’ll become a better employee as a result of it.

All the best!

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