Your reputation at work depends on a lot of things and truth be told, the most important professional skills can neither be taught in classrooms nor measured in papers. These are commonly known as soft skills and are absolutely integral to your career. Soft skills are difficult to quantify, like how can you quantify your communicant skills or writing expertise? But your soft skills are as important as technical abilities, so improving them will definitely help you proceed in your career.
Communication skills, both verbal and written are extremely important. They not only help you to build relationships with your co-worker, but they also helps you to clearly express of what the what, who, when, how and why of the project. Honing your communication skills is a must, because a lot depends on your presentation skills and public speaking abilities.
When you are at your workplace, things might not go as planned; there will be unprecedented problems, unforeseen issues and of course unplanned emergencies. What will you do when you are thrown in the sea of turmoil and asked to swim against the tide? You adapt. You really need to pivot and find alternate solutions; be flexible and adapt to the various shifts. At any point of time, you might have to adapt to new technology, new projects, and new challenges.
When you are in a team of people with diverse nature and varied interests, it is obvious that there will be conflict of interest. As a team player you must hone your capabilities of resolving issues with your co-workers. Working through constructive criticism is not easy. But you must be able to work through disagreements with your colleagues. This of course is a sign of maturity and shows that you have the leadership mettle.
It is obvious that one single person cannot make a project successful. All of us need to work together as a ‘team’ and work against a common goal. The idea is to leave aside your personal goals and work towards a common good. This is easier said than done. But in order to progress, employees must be able to synthesize their individual talents, collaborate with each other and improve the quality of work delivered. Whenever an employee is in trouble, you should extend your helping hand out of good gesture. To think, that it is a personal problem and does not affect you shows that you are not fit to be a team player. Things like covering for a business colleague when he or she is facing some personal problems is also crucial for good team performance.