Be a Problem Solver in the Workplace

Tue, Nov 15, 2016 @ 06:58 AM / by Wendy Sun, Vice President of Recruiting

Encountering problems is an everyday occurrence when it comes to the workplace. In every industry and every company out there inevitablyblack-woman-thinking.jpg has a business problem that needs solving. Some problems are big and involve the company’s product while others may be of the more mundane, day-to-day variety, but they both affect productivity and business success. Often times, it is much more effective for an organization to take a solutions-based approach to solving work problems instead of focusing on the problems that need to be worked on. This is why it is important for employees in the workforce to focus on coming up with solutions to problems rather than focus on all of the problems the organization is currently facing.

An employee who rapidly comes up with solutions and is effective when it comes to sharing and implementing them is highly sought after in the business world. These people have incredible work ethic and are able to develop a reputation as a problem solver. On the other hand, employees who focus on and often complain about problems they’re facing tend to not be as effective at coming up with good solutions.

So how can you become someone who has garnered a reputation as a problem-solver? We have outlined some important traits and qualities that the most effective problem-solving employees tend to portray in the workplace:

They avoid being perfectionists.
Problem solvers don’t focus on being perfect or worry about being right all of the time. They are simply focused on finding the right solution to the problem they are facing.

They are willing to move out of their comfort zone.
Effective employees are always adapting and learning new ways to improve at their role. They think outside of the box and avoid becoming too comfortable. They are always looking for new and improved solutions to workplace problems. They embrace the challenge of problem solving.

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They are able to differentiate between when a simple or complex solution is needed.
Efficient employees are the hearts and minds of an organization. They know when to save time by using a simple solution for simpler problems, and when to work hard coming up with complex solutions for more challenging obstacles.

They are always sure to fully understand the problem before trying to solve it.
The best employees will make sure they understand exactly what the problem is that they are currently working on.

They seek to prevent problems rather than intervene on them.
A good problem solver will often face less conflict and drama within teams due to careful planning and respect for other’s opinions. They know when to ask for advice or seek support from others.

They keep their options open when it comes to finding solutions.
The most effective employees will always have a backup plan if their original initiative doesn’t end up working. They are always looking for new ways or paths to solving a problem.

We believe that a company’s best employees share a mixture of these characteristics which makes them well-suited for solving problems facing the workplace today. By seeking to incorporate these traits into your work ethic, you will greatly improve your ability to solve your company’s most critical issues.

Topics: workplace, best practices, problem solving

Wendy Sun, Vice President of Recruiting

Written by Wendy Sun, Vice President of Recruiting

Wendy Sun is a 20 year veteran of the staffing industry. She has extensive knowledge about a wide range of subjects including recruiting trends, on-site staffing programs, and VMS implementation.

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