Don't stay stagnant, the 3 benefits of diversifying yourself at work

If all you do is what is listed in your job description, it’s impossible to get ahead. Rather than focusing on the typical tasks for someone in your position, it's always worth it to diversify and immerse yourself into tasks that help you stand out of the normal status-quo. It may be intimidating, especially if it is outside of your comfort zone, seeking new challenges is the fastest route to getting ahead, and it certainly has a lot of benefits to it.

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1. It's the best way to grow your skills

There is no way around it, the only sure way to develop new skills is by diving face first into diverse tasks and project. Just remember that whenever you encounter a new type of challenge, it’s almost always a chance to develop a new set of skills.

This doesn’t mean you have to accept every opportunity that comes your way. But it does mean that when you have a new challenge in your work, you often have the opportunity to grow your skills.

2. It drastically boosts your value

This is a no brainer, even if you managed to accomplish the simplest of tasks, rest assured that it is almost never unnoticed by management.

But there is another side to it: it’s not just about your own benefit, it’s also about making the organization more valuable. Every time you improve yourself, it improves those around you. And what could be more valuable to an organization than an employee who cares as much about others’ success their own?

3. It builds and strengthens your relationships

In the end people are your biggest resource, and your network is your most powerful ally. And the most direct route to growing it is by collaborating with as many people in as many fields as you can. It also boosts your rep among all the different departments.

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