The three stages of work-span cycle


When anyone joins a new job, either as a fresher, or as an experienced professional, they come across various stages of the work-span cycle, from job acquaintance, to problem solving, to decision making. These stages vary from person to person and exist on a broad spectrum. Thriving at a job is a necessity to gain job satisfaction. And to thrive, you must first be alive, and then survive. So what are these steps, and how does one go about them the right way? Let’s find out:


1. Alive: Job Acquaintance

Alive is when you freshly join a new job. This is the stage wherein you are acquainted to your job, colleagues, and work space. First impressions matter, especially at a new job. And because first impressions matter, you should show respect to everyone and everything. Make sure to introduce yourselves to as many people as you can; a handshake should be just fine. Respect your workspace, keep it tidy, and understand your surroundings and the rituals of the office. During this part, you will also be introduced to your responsibilities. Pay attention and don’t be afraid to ask questions better to ask questions in the first stage itself. Also, never be late.


2. Survive: Problem Solving

When you join a new organisation, you have the gift of an alternative view: a way to do things differently and more efficiently. Any office space has their own way of doing things that is followed by most. But due to the constant monotony of repeating tasks, people often lose sight of how to do things different. When one enters a new work atmosphere, you might notice a lot of things that can be done in a better way. However, one shouldn’t go around telling people about their inefficiencies. There are two very important things to remember here. Firstly, pick your battles: make sure the changes you recommend are capable of resulting in quantifiably better results. Don’t waste words on small matters, for example, telling your colleague to use correct grammar. It might result in your colleague disliking you and won’t cause him to start using correct grammar anytime soon. Secondly, lead by example: rather than talking about it and telling your colleagues to change their ways, lead them by making unspoken changes. This is sure to get people’s attentions and won’t offend them. A lot of people will then themselves change their habits and adopt better paths.


3. Thrive: Decision Making

At last, when you have learned all the skills and bureaucratic ways to survive at your job, it’s time to thrive. In this stage, you must take decisive steps to set down goals for yourself, and motivate your team to do better. Remember to be someone who won’t shy away from better results due to excessive work. Don’t take no for an answer. And work diligently to the betterment of your organisation. This is the stage wherein your work will be acknowledged and respected in the organisation. This stage can exist for as long as you stay at the job. Not becoming complacent is the key to this process! Now that you know about the 3 stages of the work-span cycle, you can use this knowledge to do better at your new workplace. But even if you have been working on a

job, half-heartedly, for some time, you can choose to come alive, then survive, and finally thrive!
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