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Style extends beyond your wardrobe to the workplace. It's called "work style" and it's the way you present yourself professionally. Understand and leverage it to your advantage. Work within your limits and find tools to help you do more, so you’ll be confident and avoid burn out.

Define Your Work Style

 

We all have different styles. What works for one person may not work for someone else. What best describes your unique work style?

 

• Uncompromising - You approach your tasks in a methodical manner and value organization and efficiency. But you may have trouble responding quickly to unexpected problems.

 

• Expressive - You like to concentrate on specific aspects of style at the expense of other tasks. For example, you may have a highly developed system of storage, but you pay less attention to day-to-day organization. So, you may work longer hours than necessary because you don’t take the time to first prioritize daily tasks.

 

• Practical - You take a no-frills approach, concentrating on quality and content rather than organization or presentation. You have a system that works for you, but no one else can understand it.

 

Transform Your Work Style

 

Your unique work style affects all aspects of your workday. From the way your colleagues interact with you to the way you've organized your workspace. No matter what your work style is, you probably could use a few tools to transform your work style into something more. Improving your work style doesn't just make a difference in your day-to-day work life. It can move your career forward. Good organization, efficient workflow, effective information management and good presentation skills help you solve problems, communicate and accomplish more. Here are some good tips to help you:

 

1. Maintain a Positive Work Environment – To project an air of efficiency, keep your workspace orderly. Get rid of any clutter and make sure the equipment and materials you use most are within easy reach.

 

2. Correct Workflow Problems –To develop an optimal workflow process, it's important to define which specific tasks you can streamline and simplify. When an email arrives in your inbox, don’t just read it and then return it to your inbox without doing anything. Take action. Put it in a “to do” email folder or print it out and file it in your “to do” folder or binder.

 

3. Manage Your Data – Information is only valuable if you can actually access it when you need it. Use binders, folders, filers, or bulletin boards to maintain control of printed materials. Use folders and subfolders in email and your computer to more quickly find electronic files.

 

4. Manage Your Presentations – Good presentations depend on planning, and you cannot formulate a good plan without knowing your topic, audience, or objective. In any presentation, you will be successful if you are prepared. Present your presentation in a crisp, comprehensible manner by binding it or putting it into a professional report cover or binder.

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