Embracing Change: A Newcomer’s Guide to Proposing Solutions

Discover how one newcomer’s fresh perspective brings positive change by enhancing the workplace environment. Explore practical solutions to improve efficiency and nurture a more productive, enjoyable work atmosphere.

As a newcomer, I have noticed gray areas which need attention. And I took advantage of sharing new perspectives which might help further improve the working environment, branding, and processes. I have shared proposals, some were accepted, some were not, but mostly entertained and implemented. Hearing my suggestions and getting approval gave me an overwhelming sense of acceptance and assurance of work efficiency. It is like achieving one step at a time but leaping success simultaneously.

Here’s a guide to enhancing the workplace environment

From Gray Areas to Bright Solutions

Working Environment – This was my first proposal when I saw the workstation of our Bookkeeper. I have emphasized the importance of a proper, ergonomic-healthy workstation considering the voluminous paperwork she does each day. Her coffee table desk was immediately replaced as well as her office chair. She did not realize the inconvenience until she felt more comfortable in her improved workstation.

Building Better Brands

Branding – For almost five years, there was no staff Identification Card (ID). Then comes my second proposal – IDs, then another one for the Organizational Chart/Board improvement and staff photo update, and uniform logo upgrade to digital embroidery. Easy-to-be-identified staff and presentable branding is another accomplished proposal.

Streamlining Processes

Process – A two-manned Treasurer’s Office is understaffed. Attending to daily transactions, preparing monthly and annual reports, budgeting, participating in meetings, activities, and administrative, and logistics provisions are laborious. To help us cope, we always find ways to improve and ease the process of our daily routine. We have established a check and balance. All transactions are documented and recorded, and both of us are always involved.  

Resilience in Proposal Presentations

I did not stop presenting proposals whenever I see room for improvement even though I was not getting positive responses or no feedback at all.

Renell Pacrin of Mima’s Homey

 If you have suggestions, bear in mind that

  1. Not all ideas work.
  2. Rejection is okay.
  3. Take initiative.
  4. Support each other.
  5. Provide all options in proposals.
  6. Keep presentations simple.

Finding Fulfillment

Whatever your role in the organization, aim to go the extra mile without expecting to be acknowledged or rewarded. Sometimes it is one of the ways where you can find self-fulfillment. If you have satisfaction in what you’re doing, you’ll find joy and cultivate positivity.

Let’s practice making life easier. Take the hassle out of everyday stuff. Make your work enjoyable. Be that person who makes life a little easier for everyone.

Karla of Travel with Karla

Renell A. Dela Cruz has been a development worker (support staff) for seventeen years and loves to cook and bake.  She earned a degree in Secretarial Administration and passed the NC II (National Certificate) in Bread and Pastry Production.  During her free time, she bakes cookies, cakes, and pastries, mostly for her lovely daughter’s packed snacks, family occasions, and sometimes made to order.  Currently, she’s working as a Barangay Treasurer.


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