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Taking initiative: What to do with your ideas? Lesley Deugo, York Region Learning Connections

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Lesley Deugo is a Youth Outreach Worker for YorkYouth and Discover, at York Region Learning Connections in Richmond Hill. YorkYouth is a youth employment initiative delivered by the York Region District School Board, providing outreach and support in Southern York Region. For more information, visit

When you start a new job, sometimes it can be intimidating when you want to voice your opinion and share ideas. Maybe you feel nervous because other employees have been there longer than you, or perhaps you think that your idea is old news. However, taking initiative and sharing your thoughts is a great way to translate your ideas into action!

Many employers value the insight of new employees because they offer a fresh perspective on issues. If you have a great idea, here are some tips to take that idea into action:
  1. Do your research. Ask your supervisor about current policies and procedures, and inquire if any one has suggested something different.
  2. Once you know your idea is a fresh one, lay out your thoughts and clearly document what you think needs improvement and/or implementation. Explain in writing what you think needs to be done and how you propose to do it.
  3. After you have done the brunt work, take it to your supervisor or address the issue at an appropriate time, ie: a meeting.

By demonstrating active interest in your position, you show your employer that you are an asset to the workplace and it reveals your go-getter attitude. Generating new ideas is the key to success for many companies, and showing drive demonstrates that you have the ability to improve.

However, keep in mind that although you may think your idea is good one, sometimes it does not fit in with the company or organization that you are working with. If your idea is rejected, don't let it get you down. Employers like to see initiative and one of your ideas could jump start your position!

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