5 Ways to Rock the New Work World

It may seem like an unlikely result, but your video gaming skills and ability to throw a great dinner party may mean bigger strides in your career development. This emerging world of work does not necessarily mean allowing the robots to take over — it’s also about bringing skills, interests, and strengths from your personal life that can contribute to your professional success.

According to one university study , “World of Warcraft” gamers possess the psychological profile that would indicate success as virtual team members. The fast-thinking communication skills gamers hone would translate to real world skills.

You don’t have to be a gamer to have applicable skills to leverage for job growth . Here are a few other hobbies to consider picking up to up your career trajectory.

  1. Get active

Join a softball league, a chess club, or a few neighborhood runners on their next trail. Sure, getting into shape is a big bonus. The focus here, though, is about flexing those social muscles. Honing your social skills and ability to pick up social cues is a fundamental need in the professional world.

2. Throw parties

It doesn’t necessarily have to be a college-style rager. Invite friends and have them invite their friends. It’s another fabulous way to meet people who can make professional introductions and continue to grow those social skills. Organising parties take dedication and a thought-out action plan. By making grocery lists, figuring out portion size, and remaining mindful of the budget, you are developing skills that can be leveraged at the workplace.

3. Build something

It can be a drone, a model airplane, or a piece of furniture. The key here is to zero in on your decision making skills. In this small environment, no lives or jobs are at risk, but it does make you think on your feet to make the right decision. It creates a state of focus that can be translated into the world of work that values great decision makers .

4. Find that one thing you’re great at

One question to ask yourself: “what am I amazing at?” Do people compliment your sense of style? You are a quick reader? Or your ability to make people feel at ease or laugh?Find that one thing that you are really good at and build on it. Capitalize on your strengths and watch them grow. It’s about creating confidence with what you’re naturally good at. Confidence goes a long way in the work place where ideas need to be negotiated and deadlines need to be enforced.

5. Never stop learning

We are living in times of digital transformation which means that embracing technology is the best thing you can do for your career. Never stop learning. Stay up do date with the technological changes in your industry and do not be afraid to ask questions. One thing is for sure — the workplace is changing.

Here at SMASHDOCs, we understand the workplace is shifting — who knew video game playing and dinner hosting would be a craft carried over to the 9-to-5? We’re the ones obsessed with the processes changing within work: how team members communicate, ask questions, follow up with meetings and how we can facilitate the smoothest content delivery. We believe we’re leading the way into the new world of work. Join us.