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Yewande Jinadu: These 9 Tips Will Help You Get Your Work Week Started With a Bang!

The ability to work effectively with others on a task involves learning to listen well, respecting the opinions of others, communicating effectively and embracing each other’s strength to accomplish a goal.



So you just got a new job and you’re wondering what to do to be successful on the job? This article seeks to address necessary skills you would need to be successful on a job regardless of the level of your role.

Ability to handle pressure
If you work in a fast paced environment, you’re most likely to work under extreme pressure. This means having to deal with constraints out of your control. Unexpected events or problems are bound to come up in the workplace, you should learn how to work well in these circumstances, so you don’t panic or lose sight of the job.

Collaboration/Team work
Most workplace environment involves relating to different kinds of people. The ability to work effectively with others on a task involves learning to listen well, respecting the opinions of others, communicating effectively and embracing each other’s strength to accomplish a goal.

The ability to manage yourself to accomplish the required task is important for success on the role. No manager would like to manage someone that would need frequent hand holding. You need to take the initiative and be accountable for every success or failure.  In a workplace where most employees are dissatisfied for various reasons which tend to affect productivity, self-motivation is an important skill to develop which gives you the strength to perform exceptionally.

The workplace is constantly changing and only people who are flexible enough to the changes will thrive. You have to be willing and able to adapt in order to meet individual and business needs.

Ability to accept criticism
Nobody is totally perfect, so there would be instances were colleagues and bosses would be direct with you and tell you as it is. Some may be emotionally intelligent to make it constructive while some may not be. Learn to take corrections and avoid justifying or making excuses. Learn from the mistakes and move on. Don’t weep over spilled milk.

Emotional intelligence
Fundamental aspects of emotional intelligence include empathy, self-awareness, social skills, self-regulation and motivation. Being emotionally intelligent helps you to understand your emotions, manage your emotions as well as manage other emotions.

Time management
This is an important skill to have, especially when there are numerous tasks within a limited time frame. One thing that has helped me is having a To-Do list. This helps me ensure that I am deliberate in all my activities. Google Calendar is a lifesaver, but most people think it’s too much stress to use it.
Every morning, I write down my tasks, set a timeline for myself, fix some on my calendar, leave some allowance for distractions and stick with it.

Also, learn to say no to things. Learn to prioritize; and most importantly, avoid unnecessary distractions that eat into your time.

Problem solving
Problems will definitely arise in the workplace and you were employed to solve a problem if not, you won’t be hired. For me, a star employee is someone that sees a solution in every problem. Have the mindset that nothing is impossible and work towards it. If you’re the kind of person that always goes back to their boss for issues when they arise, you may have a problem. Go with possible solutions and steps you have taken to address an issue.

Yewande Jinadu is the Founder of CareerLife ( and also a Strategic HR Business Partner of a leading tech firm. She's a certified HR Professional with over 5years as a Generalist and a Talent Acquisition Specialist. With CareerLife Foundation, she helps young professionals achieve measurable success in their career. With CareerLife Consulting Services, she partners with businesses to deliver value through its people by providing HR Services (Recruitment, Training etc). She can be reached via [email protected] or @careerlifeng on Twitter and Instagram


  1. Akinola Temitope

    March 25, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    Wonderful….Thanks ma’am

  2. Agbasi Chinua

    April 15, 2019 at 1:23 am

    A purposeful article! In addition to maximizing these skills in a work environment, a person can develop and harness these skills on a regular basis. Life itself often presents us with many opportunities to problem solve,self regulate,self motivate and collaborate. Moreover,we are constantly faced with the challenge to manage time,adapt to changes,deal with emotions at a personal,family,social level etc, handle pressure especially in the face of the unexpected,react to criticism which could arise from differences in perspectives,mistakes, biases etc. We can choose to trivialize, avoid or face and maximize those opportunities. The choice we make at such times will determine the degree to which we become effective with these skills over time. When these skills are deliberately and constantly cultivated they can be transferred to other areas of life including the corporate world. The Law of use and disuse can be applied here.The more a person uses a skill or skill set,the better he becomes at it. In a nutshell,individuals that desire to navigate their first work week and work span successfully in the corporate world need to recognize and embrace the everyday opportunities life presents them to utilize and fine tune the aforementioned skills.

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