Posted by Liisa Sullivan on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - 00:00
The Fourth of July is a time for outdoor fun and getting together with friends and family to celebrate the birth of a great nation. And while it’s important to treasure this time away from work, why not carry the theme over into your finance and accounting departments? Independence is empowering, and a little leadership can go a long way.
Start with red, white and blue.
When it comes to work, many people love what they do, but others may need a little encouragement to make it through the day. Just remember, it starts with you. Here are a few tips that will let freedom ring:
- Stay out of the red. Finance and accounting professionals in particular have careers tied to money. But don’t forget your own numbers in the midst of crunching those of others. Remember that your job should provide you with financial freedom. Don’t be afraid to ask for a raise if your job duties have evolved and you’re regularly going above and beyond. You need to know your self-worth and value it, too.
- Wear white. You’ve heard the saying, “Dress for success.” Well, there’s nothing like a crisp white shirt to add professional polish and confidence to your workday. When you feel good, you convey a positive and self-assured vibe. Just remember to make it your own. After all, you want to strut your independence and confidence. Add a favorite scarf or necktie to unite your personality and professionalism.
- Chase away the blue. Attitude is half the battle. If you have a positive mindset, you’ll increase your productivity and have the ability to help others do so, as well. Use this positive and productive mentality to show your supervisor or your team you’re able to work independently and with little direction. Take the initiative by getting an early start on a project or offer a suggestion for a new way of doing an old task. A sunny outlook boosts productivity and illuminates the stepping stones to leadership in your finance career.
Now that you’re off to a colorful start, try implementing these two tactics:
Liberate yourself with knowledge.
In today’s fast-paced world of changing technology, it’s easy to fall behind. This can lead to dependency on coworkers, which can result in your becoming obsolete. Don’t let that happen. What do you want to know more about? Do you want to improve your soft skills? Learn a new technology? Then take advantage of continuing education, so you’re always up on the most recent skills and trends. Stay curious and avoid leaning on colleagues by cultivating knowledge and wisdom — assets no one can take away from you.
Free your mind.
Everyone needs time to unplug and recharge, so get out there and play. Using your vacation time is imperative to your workplace attitude and productivity. Disconnecting occasionally will refuel your synapses and help you maintain a healthy work-life balance. It also gives you time to enjoy your independence outside of work.
Don’t forget to free your mind when you’re at work, too. Try taking a full lunch and short mental breaks throughout the day. Whether it’s a walk to the coffee pot or a brief chat with a co-worker, let your brain power down every now and then. Declare your independence — on the job and off. It's good for the body and the mind.
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