How to become more self-reliant at work

If you get tired of always having to rely on someone else at work to help you out, it’s time for you to take the reigns. There are a lot of ways to become more self-reliant at work. You have to take the initiative though. Once you have made up your mind to rely more on yourself, you have half the battle won.


Here is a guide to how to become more self-reliant at work:

Listen carefully

Particularly when you first start the job, you should listen very carefully to everything that you are told. You should also ask as many questions as you can. This will ensure that you learn as much as you possibly can in as short a time of possible. This will help you to be able to work on your own without constantly having to chase other people for answers. Before long, you will know the job inside out. More importantly, you will be making yourself indispensable.

Find out what resources are available to help you find out what you need to know to do your job

Are there old examples of work filed somewhere that you could refer to. Is there a manual or an online policies and procedures resource? Does your company have a reference library? Make sure you make a note of all resources or make copies of what you need to create your own manual.

Be Strong

It can be tempting to ask others for help even when you know the job. You want to make sure that you are doing it right. Don’t ask for help no matter what else you do. You know what you are doing so stop bothering co-workers to give you the okay. You have to make some decisions for yourself. Don’t be so afraid to take small risks every now and then. Chances are that you will make the right choices. Stop holding yourself back. Take control.

So what do you need to do to fix this problem?

The best thing you can do is to simply go into work acting as if you are the only person on the floor. This doesn’t mean that you are going to make every call, and do everything, but you should involve yourself as if you have to make the decisions, and be aware of what is going on. This is good because if someone has to go somewhere, you can run the show without having to miss a beat.

If asking the right questions on your work time is not sufficient, take it a step further

Get extra help by asking someone at the office for pointers during break time or getting additional training and education in the areas that pertain to your position.

Self-reliance also gives you the confidence to do what you have to do at work You might have to step on people’s toes to get where you need the business to be, or to get ahead in your own career. You can’t always sit back and be respectful all day. While I don’t recommend being a blatant jerk, you should make the best decisions you can. Otherwise why should the company empower you to do so?

Don’t encroach on areas you don’t need to cover

Whereas it is probably helpful to know what other people’s jobs involve, don’t be tempted by a rush of power to start taking over their jobs. Stick to your own and make sure you are completely self-reliant in that area. If you start encroaching on other people’s jobs, you may find that they do the same to you, and the self-reliance that you have built up will have been a waste.

Take ownership of your work and be proud of what you accomplish

You will find more praise and recognition in being autonomous and doing your work with confidence and self reliance. Volunteer for projects and break out of your comfort zone. You may not know how to go about completing a task but if you refer to your resources and have done your homework you should be able to make a start. Sometimes projects look overwhelming until you simply organize them and break them down into their components.

Self-reliance is a great thing to have simply because we all need to become self-reliant at some point. Our jobs are a major part of our lives, and we need to be in control of at least part of it. That means you need that self-reliance, and the ability to overcome some of the lower parts of work, such as co-workers who don’t actually work, or bosses who might not know what they are talking about.

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