Success in the workplace isn't something that just falls into your lap, as much as some of us wish it would. In order to be productive and reach new heights, each person needs to be accountable for their actions and proactive in their endeavors in order to reach the level of success desired.

Some people seem born to succeed and make their way up the ladder nearly effortlessly. But these folks are few and far between; the rest of us need to work at it with all we've got to make it to the places we want to be and to achieve our own personal definition of "the dream."

Whatever "success" may mean to you, this A-Z series offers tips, showcases behaviors, and explains why certain actions lead to success.

Starting with A, B, and C – Ambition, Boldness, and Commitment – achieving success is as easy as A, B, C… as long as you make the decision to pave the path to progress.

Ambition

Desire and enthusiasm are a necessity in order to succeed. Without ambition, there won't be a drive to reach new advancements and take the initiative to go the extra mile.

As per Success, ambitious people, "see themselves capable of being the best. They see themselves with the capacity of being really good at what they do."

Fast Company notes, "Ambitious people are goal-oriented and are always striving towards the next accomplishment. Ambitious people break away from consistent 'groupthink', and expose themselves to new ways of thinking."

Determination and hard work to achieve success is what ambition is all about. As The Kahle Way puts it, "(Ambitious people are) willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done."

Boldness

Having the courage to be strong in your decisions and a willingness to try new things and take chances are key components towards achievement. As per Fast Company, "Act with purpose, but allow room to explore, experiment and discover."

Success adds, "Successful people work to confront the fears that hold most people back. The ability to confront your fear is the mark of the superior person."

Don't waver in your decision-making. With firm background knowledge and past experience, go with your instincts and make moves that will propel you to where you want to be. Hesitation leads to stagnation.

Commitment

As per Success, "The top people in every field are completely committed. They believe in themselves; they believe in their companies; they believe in their products and services; they believe in their customers."

Persistence and perseverance are a must if you are devoted to your work. According to HubSpot, "The ability to persist on a given path regardless of setbacks, unexpected events, bad news, and resistance -- to continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, or course of action in spite of conditions -- is a trait common to those who make it."

See your projects through to the end and don't throw in the towel when the going gets tough. Success doesn't always come quickly or easily, but those who stick through it will reap the well-earned rewards of their undertaking.

Here are more tips for success at work with D, E, and F.

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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

What would get you into the office? Free lunch? A gym membership? Permission to hang out with your dog? Some employers are trying just that.

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Did you hear about the Great Resignation? It isn’t over. Just over two years of pandemic living, many offices are finally returning to full-time or hybrid experiences. This is causing employees to totally reconsider their positions.

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