Being a valuable resource in the workplace is a sure way to take your career to the next level. It’s not about how much you know and do; it’s about having the attributes that are conducive to a great working environment.

Here are 5 things you can do to raise your game:

1. Be a good listener

Make sure that you are understanding what is being communicated. Paying attention when someone talks to you can sometimes be challenging but focus on what people are saying to you when you are having a conversation or in meetings. Be present in discussions and meetings and make sure to put your mobile phone away. Pay close attention to what is being said so that when the opportunity arises you can contribute to the conversation. 

2. Ask if something is unclear

Ask if you don’t understand what is being communicated or if anything is unclear. There are no such thing as stupid questions. It will do your career more harm if you pretend to understand when you don’t. Asking questions when you are uncertain about something is a strength not a weakness. Often what confuses you will also be confusing other people, so by asking questions, you not only help yourself, but others as well. 

3. Dare to make mistakes and then learn from them.

At the start of your career, it is normal to fear making a mistake. However, it is important to remember that everyone makes mistakes from time to time. Even your manager. The more successful someone is, the more mistakes they have made. The only mistake you can make is to do nothing. You will miss all the chances you didn’t take. Daring to make mistakes shows your manager that you are brave and that you want to learn. Learning from your mistakes is one of the best ways to learn.

4. Be a solution seeker

Being focussed on solutions rather than on problems will set you apart from the average person. The average person is more problem oriented than solution focussed. When there is a problem, it is important that you make suggestions, contribute ideas, and present a new angle to approach the problem. Either you are part of the problem, or you are part of the solution. Think differently and speak up. You have a unique point of view that can be beneficial to everyone.

5. Spread positivity in the workplace.

All workplaces need positive energy. Positive energy in the workplace does not only brighten everyone’s mood, it also improves problem solving, corporate culture and job satisfaction. Problems in the workplace are unavoidable and sometimes they are tough, but solutions always exist. Always try to be the person with positive stamina.