Expressing discreetly at workplace

New entrants, these days are allowed much more freedom to express their views and make a mark, right from the first day of work, as opposed to the past.

To stand out amidst the cut throat competition, young people, these days are under tremendous pressure to make a mark right from the first day of work. The silent hardworking prototype is long since passé. What organizations look for these days are outspoken, enterprising individuals.

These days employees who are new to the workforce re more prepared to meet the challenges of the workforce. Organizations have accepted this fact. In fact, new entrants are expected to question assumptions, propose solutions and take action.

Organizations should be open for debate on any issue that arises. They should involve juniors or seniors without any prejudice during the debate on common issues. A product manager at Aptech narrates his own experience as a new entrant. He joined Aptech post after MBA from AICAR Business School and found them very supportive. He didn’t face any problems as his boss was very receptive to his junior’s ideas.

However, the freedom to make one self heard doesn’t absolve a new entrant of responsibility and adherence to rules. Juniors can make use of Intranet applications where he can be expressive. He should be prudent enough to distinguish between common issues and individual issues. Aptech employs a common discussion forum feedback surveys. Intranet grievances redress system, suggestion and complaint box and one to one mentoring sessions for the purpose. Now a days data and information in organizations are more freely available, which allow new entrants to make more informed contribution. The secret of success or acceptability here lies in the employee exhibiting autonomy and self control.

Mahapatra took around 15 days to accustom himself to Aptech and within one month he was speaking up with complete confidence. We would have weekly meeting on Monday mornings and he had joined in the marketing department so we would discuss budget planks and review the past week’s performance. He got ample opportunity to voice his ideas. And because he had worked in his final year he was able to offer relevant suggestions.

On the flipside, juniors these days are more worried that their silence might convey the impression of timidity and lack of initiative. While organizations too make allowance for time required for adjustment and socialization. It never pays to become one with the back ground. Though organizations appreciate that new entrants need time to focus on understanding, learning and getting acclimatized to the new environment, the sooner they orient themselves to the organization’s culture and start contributing, the better. An employee should essentially understand the dynamics in the organization and the power centers so that he/she be better heard and understood.

Being seen and heard as much as possible has become so necessary to make an impact that juniors hardly need to worry about being seen as aggressive. Being outspoken or being positively aggressive is not a crime, if the individual has a standing of consistent performance and the deeds / data support or validate the expressions.

B discreet – So that you are sensitive to the impact that information might have on those working with it, as well as what the competition might do if they find it. Use proper written an spoken language – Because people who can express themselves clearly are always at a definite advantage. B concerned with others, not just yourself – people’s careers are ended, stalled or reversed because they lacked concern for others.