7 Ways to Keep Your Finger on the Pulse of Your Workplace

Tips for navigating your organization.


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Stay in the Know - Gone are the days when people worked in silos and did away with minimal interaction with peers. Therefore to make the right career move, you should know where your company is headed. — Dr. Towanna Freeman, OppsPlace (Photo: Hal Bergman/Getty Images)

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Work on Your Networking Skills - Strong networking skills help build relationships that are important in a corporate environment. Many organizations encourage their employees to move laterally and by employee engagement initiatives, you can find out about opportunities commensurate with your skills and interests. (Photo: Thomas Northcut/Getty Images)

Once I Join a League, How Do I Choose a Team? - Like the real NFL, there is a draft and the person who gets first pick is typically chosen via a lottery. You can be creative, but standard teams typically have 12 players of various positions and a pointing system with the most points going to the quarterback plays. It is imperative to know the stats of your players to earn the most points based on performance.(Photo: Comstock Images/Getty Images)

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Understand Your Organizational Chart - Every organization has a hierarchy based on experience, role and skills. By gaining information about the organizational chart, you can understand how the company functions and who are its real influencers. (Photo: Comstock Images/Getty Images)

Research the Company Before You Invest - You'll want to fully understand the company's business and its products or services before investing. Before buying any stock, check out the company's financial statements on the SEC's website, or contact your state securities regulator. All but the smallest public companies have to file financial statements with the SEC. Don’t use unsolicited e-mails, message board postings and company news releases as the sole basis for your investment decisions.  (Photo: moodboard/Getty Images)

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Pay Attention to the Company's External Communication - To respond to the changing market dynamics, companies are evolving at a steady pace. Their changing priorities are reflected in their external communication, which includes their corporate websites, blogs and press releases. (Photo: Moodboard/Getty Images)


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Observe How Others Regard the Company - A successful organization commands respect in the industry. To gauge its position in the market, you must try to find out how the media and target audiences regard the company and if they have an overall positive feedback to share. You must also ascertain if competitors truly consider the organization you work for as a threat to their business. (Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)


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Check Out the Statistics - To assess the financial position of the company, you must gather the latest figures from reliable sources. See how the company has been doing since the last few quarters and you will be able to figure out if it is making a profit or not. (Photo: Kick Images/Getty Images)

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Read What the Decision Makers Have to Say About the Company's Prospects - Key decision makers have a well-defined strategy to take the organization forward. Their opinion and insights drive the company forward. You must, therefore, check how the decision makers in the company plan to increase growth and meet business goals. (Photo: John Fedele/Getty Images)


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Assess the Overall Policy Changes Made at the Company - Organizations modify their policies to keep up with the changing times and facilitate improved employee engagement. While some policies are revised for short-term implications, some are revised to meet long-term goals. Find out how the organization is dealing with hikes, hiring and retention policies to understand its policies and objectives. (Photo: Bill Lai/Getty Images)