Many of us work in a fast-paced environment and in order to be successful in this environment, here are some excellent tips on how to keep up and stay ahead:
You should be knowledgeable of the field you are working in. You will be expected to perform your work quickly but also accurately. There is not as much room for on-the-job training or continual training.
Know Your Role
In addition to knowing your business, identify the specifics of your role in the fast-paced environment to know what is expected of you before you start work. Chances are your supervisor or manager is also working at a harried pace and may not have much time to stop and answer questions or provide direction. If you have questions, bring them up when your supervisor is free, not during a hectic work shift.
Know Your Co-Workers
Fast-paced work environments frequently feature teamwork. If one member of the team lags behind, the dynamic of the entire group is affected. If you are working with others, inquire about their roles as well as your own responsibilities in relation to their positions to keep the team operating smoothly no matter how fast the pace becomes.
When you panic in a fast-paced environment, you are prone to mistakes. Recognize the volume of work you are required to do and establish a mental plan before entering the fray. Write notes to yourself, if necessary, and continually monitor yourself regarding time. If your company offers training or orientation classes, attend them, pay attention and ask questions.
Even the most hectic work environments provide some amount of down time. Use your breaks to relax, refocus and recoup to prepare for the next round. Consider practicing yoga or relaxation techniques on your down time so you can more readily transition from “go” to “slow” mode when you have a chance to take a break in the action.
Look for Shortcuts
Once you become accustomed to the fast pace of your work environment, look for ways you can successfully multi-task or shave time from different areas. Finding ways to slow the hectic nature of your work environment, even while the action is still swirling around you, can help you become more efficient in your overall job performance.
The quick-tempo nature of today’s work environment requires a never-ending attention juggling act”. Mitch Thrower.
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