Independence is a loaded word when it comes to the workplace. Do you want to work independently, be an independent contractor and take on the associated responsibilities, or are you simply looking for a position where you won’t be micromanaged?
In today’s workplace, thinking of yourself as a company of one has become a prevalent notion. The idea is to think of yourself as the leader of your own career. How? By managing your personal brand and utilizing modern day marketing principles to build and promote that brand. This is just as true whether you plan on opening a one-person operation or staying employed by an organization the rest of your professional life.
So here are a few things you can do to gain more independence in the work place:
Act like your own boss:
Don’t wait for someone to tell you what needs to be done. Look around and do it.
Innovate where you can:
Are there processes you can improve on, things you can make more efficient or a new perspective you can bring?
Don’t be afraid to share a differing opinion or one that enhances an existing idea. You’ll stand out and be valued for your enthusiasm to get involved.
Show up and get it done:
The more often you can prove your ability to complete tasks faster than expected with little direction, the more independence you’ll be granted without having to ask for it.
Furthermore, negative feelings can arise when your sense of independence at work is being challenged. Stay focused on what you can control.
Above all, keep in mind that you have the power to create your own independence. Need a theme song to get you in the right frame of mind? The Hamilton sound track is not only entertaining and a great way to brush up on your knowledge of the American revolution, but it’s also filled with inspiring songs about taking your destiny into your own hands. I could listen to it non-stop! If you’re a Hamilton fan, you know what I just did.