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Putting Your Work Style to Work

What's a work style? Simply put, it's the way you present and carry out your work. Most people have a little something about their work style they’d like to change. Maybe you could use a little help with organization. Or perhaps it's your presentation skills that need a lift. Once you've identified your work style you’ll be able to see your strengths and weaknesses.

Three common work styles are:

• Uncompromising - You tackle 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 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 sometimes work longer hours than necessary because you didn't take the time to first prioritize your daily tasks.

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

Assess where you are at by breaking down where you are best and worst. Now that you have figured out where it could use a little polishing, you're ready to move on and discover the solutions. Focus on the following key parts of a good work style:

Maintain a positive work environment. To project an air of efficiency, keep your workspace orderly. Get rid of clutter and keep materials you need most within easy reach. Use file folders, binders, planners, or whiteboards to keep papers and notes neat and contained.

Correct work flow problems. To develop an optimal workflow process, define which specific tasks you can streamline and simplify. For example, what do you do when you get an email? Do you read it, leave it in your inbox and then two days later read it again, print it out and then finally on the next day hang it on your bulletin board? You addressed the email three times before you actually dealt with it.

Manage your information. Information is only valuable if you can actually access it when you need it. Try the following:

• Electronic calendars and folders, i.e. Microsoft Outlook

• Binders

• Smartphones

• Mobile filers


Take charge and know your topic, your audience and your objective. In any presentation, you will be successful if you are prepared, present your case in a crisp, comprehensible manner and have professional materials. Consider using the View-Tab® Presentation Binder to make a good impression.

Improving your work style gives you more control of your daily work life and moves your career forward. You’ve created a great infrastructure of valuable skills to help you communicate, collaborate, solve problems and learn.

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