Could your career karma use a positive boost? Here are a few suggestions to infuse your work life with some positive karmic energy.
1. Help out a colleague who’s overwhelmed.
Have a coworker who’s struggling to get things done? Give him a hand. He just may return the favor next time you’re facing down a towering stack of paperwork.
2. Welcome office newbies.
Remember what it was like when you started a new job? Help the intern find the coffee pot. Invite the new sales associate to join you and your coworkers for lunch. Or offer to mentor an entry-level staffer who’s learning the ropes. You never know when your paths may cross again.
3. Compliment a colleague on a job well done.
Don’t be afraid someone else’s success will take away from your own. Be gracious when a colleague excels — even if she lands the promotion you were hoping to get. What goes around comes around. Coworkers appreciate those who can set their accomplishments aside to recognize another’s.
4. Be a team player.
Tempted to go rogue instead rather than working alongside your colleagues? Resist the urge to do your own thing at the expense of the department. Leave your ego at the door. Collaboration is an underappreciated skill — but essential to long-term career success.
5. Go above and beyond.
Take inspiration from the Wounded Peacock yoga pose: Don’t be afraid to take on big, scary challenges every once in a while. You may not always succeed, but you’ll demonstrate courage. People admire that.
6. Be a problem-solver.
Unhappy with something at work? Rather than gossip or complain, find your Zen — then come up with a solution. Whether you’re looking for the meaning of life or a way to improve your company’s vacation policy, a little critical thinking can have a big impact on how others see you.
7. Find time to volunteer.
Think you’re too busy to sit on a board or chair a charity event? Re-evaluate your schedule. Sharing an hour or two a month to help others can make a difference — not to mention a few connections.
8. Be a cheerleader for others.
Career columnists, J.T. O’Donnell and Dale Dauten recommend "jobbing it forward": Go to bat for a talented friend or colleague who is trying to find employment by providing an unsolicited recommendation or initiating a connection.