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Here’s how to get the best advice at work

https://bigthink.com/personal-growth/advice-at-work

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Here’s how to get the best advice at work
Be direct and transparent about your goalsFirst, the study suggests that advice seekers should be more transparent about their intentions when asking a group of people for ideas and suggestions.

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Be transparent about your goals

Whether you are looking for general information about the next steps in your career or are curious about a specific concept you're not familiar with, let people know what kind of information you are after and why you are asking in the first place.

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Express gratitude

... before and after seeking advice. Gratitude has been shown to promote honesty, productivity, and overall well-being in the workplace, and can be used as a tool to ease any interaction, including asking for advice.

If a co-worker agrees to meet for coffee and share a lot of advice with you, emphasize how much you appreciate their time.

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Ask the right kinds of questions

  • Show your interest and keep the conversation flowing. 
  • Follow-up questions can make conversations less superficial.
  • People are more willing to reveal sensitive or personal information when the toughest questions are asked at the beginning of the conversation. 
  • Active listening will show your advice-giver that you are engaged and care about what is being discussed.

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Use compassionate directness

If you decide not to follow someone's advice, there is no better way to inform them than with compassionate directness.

Take a moment to talk with your colleague about why you decided to pursue another path, or rely on other information. Be straightforward in your conversation, but be sure to express the ways in which their advice was helpful.

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Seeking advice

Seeking advice over feedback opens up an opportunity for suggestions to improve or even advice on how to find solutions to your weakness.

It takes a willingness to acknowledge a problem you have. Good advice can be your greatest learning experience, especially when coming from someone who has already succeeded in that area.

Benefits of seeking advice

  • Asking for advice shows initiative and displays competence.
  • Asking for advice can show your seriousness about an issue. It shows you have a specific goal in mind.
  • Advice is actionable and comes with facts or personal experience.
  • You get exactly what you need to improve yourself for the future.

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Avoid tension and build rapport

Avoid tension and build rapport

This underscores the importance of starting on the right foot.  If you upset the person you’re trying to help, they’ll wall themselves off. 

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Focus on collaboration

To get someone to act on your advice, it’s going to mean giving up at least some of the credit for it. 

When the person receiving your advice feels like they had a hand in creating it—with guidance from you, the expert, of course—they’re far more likely to act on it.

Show your work

In this case, you’re showing your work because it instills trust, and trust is critical for acceptance. 

When you show you work, the person you’re advising doesn’t have to take your recommendations on blind faith. They can see exactly how you got to your advice and buy into it along the way.

Happiness

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Workplace Happiness defined

In a fundamental sense, workplace happiness comes when:

  • We enjoy doing the tasks assigned to us
  • We feel right about the people we are working with
  • We are happy with the financial benefits we get from the job
  • We have the scope of improving our existing skills
  • We feel respected and acknowledged at work

Importance Of Happiness At Work

Happy employees are compulsory for a growing business.

A study on organizational success revealed that employees who feel happy in the workplace are 65% more energetic than employees who don’t. They are two times more productive and are more likely to sustain their jobs over a long period of time.