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Know Your Worth ...on the job

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2017 | 2:00 AMKimberly Goodall

Do you like your job? Do you want a promotion? Regardless of your answer, everyone wants to excel in their profession. You put your best foot forward, but what does it take to get what you're worth in the workplace?

Empowerment coach, author and speaker Crystal Daye shares with Outlook that to get what you are worth, you have to work 10 times harder than what is required. She notes that men have proven to be bold and confident in what they want, while women tend to be more reserved in a professional environment.

Daye's tips to get what you're worth may seem obvious, but once you understand and put them into action, your attitude and performance will shine above everything and everyone else.

1 Self-assessment: Daye explains that evaluating your strengths, weakness and desires will guide your motivation towards work. "Through assessment, you will be able to set goals and be satisfied by the results of your hard work. Do not let money be your main drive as this may lead to dissatisfaction," she expressed.

2 Upgrade: Upgrade your mindset, qualification and wardrobe.

Your mind is a very powerful thing, so you must first believe you are worthy of great things. Nothing belongs to you so you have to work for what you want.

Upgrade your qualifications, not only in your academics, but also your skills. What will differentiate you from another worker? Skills such as being a good team player and communicator can take you far.

If you want to be taken seriously, you must dress accordingly. Your appearance says a lot about you. As a result, make sure to display your work ethics and sense of stability.

3 Give value: For every task you are given, ensure that you give nothing but the best. Your quality and the value of your work will speak for itself. Show your employer that you are willing to go above and beyond. For example, volunteer your time and efforts to a project that is not required of you, to show that you are valuable to the company.

4 Be confident: When you know that you produce nothing but the best of yourself, you will build confidence in asking for what you want. Be it a raise in pay or a promotion. Be able to negotiate and sell yourself as a hard worker.

5 Ask questions: You should always be willing to ask questions and not be hesitant because of the fear of being wrong. Also, it is always better to ask than to assume. If you are concerned about something in the workplace or see where you should get a raise in salary, do not be afraid to ask.

6 Seek improvement, not approval: Take pride in your good work but do not boast and look for a pat on the back. You know you did your best, but be sure to evaluate your work and look for opportunities to do better if you want to continue growing.

7 Empower your peers: Build trust among your co-workers so that your collective projects and assignments will be successful. This will also show that you're a team player and works towards the success of the team and not just yourself.

8 Be open: Finally, there will be times when you fail, but the important thing is to not let it affect your worth. Look at what you could do differently and move forward.

kimberly.goodall@gleanerjm.com