What is taking initiative?
An initiative is the first in a series of actions. Initiative can also mean a personal quality that shows a willingness to get things done and take responsibility. An initiative is the start of something, with the hope that it will continue. Government and business start initiatives all the time.
Consider the following ideas for lighting the fire of initiative in your daily work life:
- Always be alert for ways to make something work better.
- Take it upon yourself be the first to adopt and implement the newest company policy.
- Stay alert for ideas to simplify processes, and find new and better ways of doing things.
- Being self-motivated and ambitious might move an employee to take the initiative in the workplace. Employees who show initiative have a take-charge attitude. As an employer, you may prefer this trait in an employee, but some employees are hesitant to show initiative for fear of overstepping boundaries.
- Adaptability in the workplace is when an employee can be flexible and have the ability to adapt to changing work conditions. Staying calm means not folding under pressure when something changes or a problem occurs. Developing a solution is being able to come up with a plan when there is a problem.
- Adaptability and Flexibility. "Indecision is the key to flexibility!" The world of work is changing at an ever increasing pace so employers actively seek out graduates who can adapt to changing circumstances and environments, and embrace new ideas, who are enterprising, resourceful and adaptable.
Here are nine tips to help you be one of those proactive professionals and take more initiative at work:
- Never Stand Still.
- Do More Than is Required Of You.
- Think as a Team Member, Not An Employee.
- Speak Up And Share Your Ideas.
- Fake It Till You Make It.
- Consider Every Opportunity.
- Always Be Prepared.
- Be Self-Promotional.
- Tendons will stretch, but only so far before they too will become injured. Healthy muscles will have a balance between flexibility and strength. Overly flexible muscles without strength will not be able to support joints as well when they come under stress, thus predisposing one to joint injuries.
- Benefits of flexibility exercises. Activities that lengthen and stretch muscles can help you prevent injuries, back pain, and balance problems. A well-stretched muscle more easily achieves its full range of motion.
- Your Action Plan
- Loosen up. Pin it.
- Get your heart pumping. Increased heart thumping warms up your muscles and switches on your nervous system.
- Do some dynamic stretches. Stretch your warm muscles, but don't hold it.
- Practice. Move through the exercises planned for that day's workout at a lower intensity.
Ways To Get Yourself Noticed At Work (In A Good Way)
- Do an absolutely excellent job with every task, every day.
- Work hard to get along with everyone.
- Offer to help coworkers.
- Become an expert in something.
- Continuously prove that you're an asset to the company.
- Create a career development plan and then share it with your manager.
- In most cases of 'essential' hypertension (which means high blood pressure that develops from aging and genetics without any other underlying medical cause), once the condition is diagnosed it is lifelong and does not go away. This is not to say that high blood pressure cannot be treated.
- Physicians recommend that you maintain blood pressure at or below 120/80 mmHg, but high blood pressure is medically defined as any reading higher than 140/90 mmHg. Readings of 121 to 139 systolic or 81 to 89 diastolic are considered prehypertension, a warning that blood pressure may soon rise into the danger zone.
- What's normal depends on your age and activity level, but generally a resting heart rate of 60-80 beats per minute (BPM) is considered to be in the normal range. If you are an athlete, a normal resting heart rate can be as low as 40 BPM.
Updated: 11th December 2019