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3 B'S: Becoming a proactive employee

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Our surveys and interviews have identified that proactiveness is one of the most valued attributes that employees should have. While new employees may think that they are adequately being proactive, some employers have mentioned that this may not be the case. With that, how does one truly become a proactive employee? 

This infographic breaks down certain qualities that employers consider crucial to being proactive. We’ve called these qualities the 3 B’s. With these tips, we can bridge the gap of expectations between employers and employees, thus allowing you to truly thrive.  


1. Be willing to learn  ​

When you’re new to a workplace, you cannot know everything. Although university has provided you with lots of knowledge, the application into a real-world setting takes a bit of practice. It is inevitable that you might slip up or come across obstacles. However, if this happens, do not panic or give up. Do your best and then proactively seek feedback from your supervisors or colleagues. Yet, it is what you do after the feedback that really matters. Act on the feedback given and ask for clarification if things are unclear. This way, you are taking initiative to problem-solve on your own and seeking improvement. These moments of self-learning are a great step towards being a proactive employee. 


2. Be communicative 

This skill isn’t solely about communicating issues you come across. An important facet of proactive communication that new employees do not realise is proposing new ideas and expressing your thoughts. Whether it be in a team meeting, or a one-to-one catch up session, many employers genuinely value what new employees have to say. Coming up with innovative ideas for your team and articulating them well may show that you are a proactive employee. Of course, speaking up for yourself during difficulties or updating colleagues on your progress are both important, but you should also be proactive in taking the potential next steps for your workplace.    


3. Be participating  

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. While work in the workplace is important, your workplace is also full of your other interesting colleagues. Occasionally, there may be a team lunch or team bonding event. Make sure you don’t miss out on these events— if your social battery allows— to get to know the team better. Being a proactive employee is also about being a sociable team player and not just work.  


This research project entitled the “Educational, Social and Health Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Graduates’ Transitioning into the Workplace” is funded by the Collaborative Research Fund of the HKSAR Research Grants Council (Project Code: C7086-21G). 

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