How to Slay in The Work Place (Clinician Edition)
Slay (/sl-ay/; noun): To Kill it; to do things in an amazing and unapologetic manner.
I'm not sure about you, but the phrase, “You have the same 24 hours as Beyoncé” gets me every time. But what I need to remember is that Beyonce is NOT A CLINICIAN! Our days run together, times can become incredibly hard, and sometimes we’re just not feeling our best.
As we grow in our profession as clinicians, we want to tap into our inner Bey to slay in different aspects of our life, especially at work.
Here are 5 tips to slay in your own way in the workplace:
Keep it cute:
Yes, there is a dress code that you must abide by but have fun with it. Let your personal style shine through! Who says clinicians don't have style? And when you look good, you feel good. So have some flair by using different color and patterns. Switch up your hairstyles, wear trendy shoes and stand out from your colleagues. It sparks conversation in a good way. It could even break the ice with a new client.
Contribute to the workplace:
Don't blend in, show up and show out! Keep a resource book, create products, offer to do in-service workshops or presentations. Assist with the planning for the departmental meetings. Offer to help set up or even pick a theme for the meetings. Even offer to assist with the holiday gatherings. The more your name or face is seen, the better. Let your passion shine through! It will pay off.
Show them that you want to grow:
Go to conferences and conventions in your field and offer to come back and share. Continuing education is vital to upward mobility, flexibility, and networking. Your big opportunity could be at the next event!
Be every woman:
Be the go-to person or subject matter expert for your niche. Whatever you’re good at, do that and do THEE MOST. It doesn't have to be grand, it could simply be showing up on time every day. Everyone will know that you’re dependable, reliable, and timely.
Make Sure they Know Your Name:
Develop a relationship with your boss. You don’t have to be besties, but be cordial. Drop by the office to discuss concerns, supervision questions, or to chit chat about popular culture as it relates to the mission of your agency. It shows interest as well as creates space for your personality to shine.
These tips will put you ahead of the competition. Many times we enter into this profession and forget that personal goals like upward mobility and promotions are no longer important. If we have goals in mind, it's important we do the work to get there. So keep your eyes on the prize, and slay all day!
We're rooting for you!