THE new year is a good time to think of what you want to achieve on a personal level as well as in your worklife. If you want to grow in your career and achieve more than the previous year, here are some tips to consider:

Cultivate good relationships

If you are a new hire, adopt an open mind, embrace the new environment and be friendly towards your colleagues.

Join your co-workers for lunch to build rapport and get to know them better. This is a good opportunity to chat with them in a casual environment, and pick up some clues about the workplace culture.

Share your past working experiences with your new colleagues but never boast about your achievements. The last thing you want is for people to label you as “arrogant”.

You need the help of other people to succeed in your new role, with all its challenges. So polish your team-player skills and earn a reputation as a hard worker.

Improve quality time at work

If you have worked in the organisation for a long time, chances are you are very familiar with the all the processes and your job — or large parts of it — can begin to seem mundane.

If you find that you are spending a big part of your day on tasks that are necessary but performed with little enthusiasm or passion, you need to look for some new challenges.

 If doing something new is not possible in the short run, try to add some variation to your daily tasks to make them more interesting. Or look for ways to do certain processes more efficiently.

The time will go faster and your work will become less routine. As the old saying goes: “Don’t do different things. Do things differently.”

Avoid office politics

In any office environment, there’s bound to be a certain degree of conflict and typical “who doesn’t like who” scenarios.

Steer clear of “cross fire” between fellow colleagues. As far as possible, remain neutral and professional. What’s more, bickering is unproductive — taking sides may affect your ability to do a good job.

Make it fun

Offer help when your colleagues need it and, chances are, they will return the favour. Being approachable is a trait of emotionally intelligent people.

Share good-natured jokes with colleagues occasionally to contribute to a positive working environment. People need to take their work seriously but no one likes to work in a grim atmosphere.

A bit of humour can diffuse tension and soothe ruffled feelings, but stay away from offensive or tasteless jokes. And let people see your serious side too — especially when it comes to getting the work done. If not, you might find yourself branded the “office clown” — a title that your boss won’t find so amusing.

Pay attention to the points discussed above and watch your career get a well-deserved boost.

Article by Winston Liew, senior team manager, RecruitPlus.