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Work Like a Dog Day

Today is National Work Like a Dog Day. The term ‘work like a dog’ initially originated as a way of describing ‘workaholics’, people who would repeatedly put work before their personal and relaxation time. As we all know, it’s important to get that work-life balance right, which is why in our Blogs and Newsletter, the month of August is going to center around this balance.

This blog is going to approach Work Like a Dog Day by looking at how you can ‘work like a dog’ to achieve more at work. It can sometimes be difficult to push yourself outside your comfort zone and set yourself apart from your colleagues, but it’s important to have goals and ambitions to progress in your career.

First of all, you need to be clear about what your goals are, where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years’ time? Some people find themselves a mentor to help identify the skills necessary to succeed at a specific type of job. This person can also provide you with feedback so you can always look to improve at what you do. Once you are clear about what you want, make a plan so you know what steps to take to get there.

Secondly, you need to be critical of yourself. Ask yourself what your biggest weaknesses are and strive to improve those. Speak to your boss about undertaking training, this also shows you are making pro-active steps forward and you’re willing to learn new things. The more training you have in a wide range of roles, the more likely you are to be considered for a higher job where demands are often greater.

In keeping with the theme of today, the world of work can sometimes feel like ‘dog-eat-dog’ nature, where your colleagues are looking out for their own growth. It’s important to stay focused on what you want, put in the hours in and outside the office to ensure you not only get your work done but start to think outside the box and use your initiative. Competition for higher jobs is often strong and you need to stand out to be considered.  

Finally, try not to get caught up in office politics. Own your mistakes and your accomplishments will take care of themselves. Don’t be afraid to speak up about what you want, if your boss doesn’t know you’re looking for a promotion then they may overlook you. Be confident and push yourself forward, work like a dog today.

Look out for our next blog on 15th August 2019, National Relaxation Day, for tips on how to achieve the other side of the work – life balance: taking time to relax outside of the workplace.

About the author

Emilia Harper

Emilia is studying Geography at the University of Leeds and is working at Impact during her summer holiday. As well as generally being ace at picking up every administrative task she's been given, she loves writing and will be contributing to our blogs. Apart from working hard at Impact and studying even harder, Emilia enjoys playing Hockey and socialising with her friends on the weekend.