Trusting Your Intuition At Work Will Help Your Career


Studying and training will give you the skills necessary for a job, but learning how to trust your instincts can help you excel as an employee.

Intuition isn’t having a weird feeling that you’re going to win the lottery or that grumble in your gut that tells you which cereal to buy at the grocery store. Intuition in the office refers to that hunch you have about how to handle a situation.

A recent study by OfficeTeam revealed that being able to trust your business sense can help you advance in the workplace. Their research showed that 88% of administrative professionals said they often make decisions based on gut feelings. OfficeTeam manager Sharon Maslen says that it is particularly important for students and new hires to start following their instincts early in their career.

“By fine-tuning your intuitive skills and applying them in the workplace, you can more easily anticipate and address the needs of others,” says Sharon. “That will allow you to be a step ahead to add value in the workplace.”

Everyone has that sixth sense, but not all employees are confident enough to trust it. Sharon says that intuitive ability is all about being able to trust your observational, analytical, critical thinking, judgment and predictive reasoning skills.

Students and recent grads in new professional environments have instincts based on what learned in the classroom and in other job experiences, she says. As they hone these skills and gain confidence in their gut feelings, students can learn to trust their instincts more in the workplace.

For instance, knowing the business cycle can help you predict what projects to prioritize, figure out your co-worker’s body language can translate to knowing when to approach them and when they’re too busy, and learning to read between the lines of what your boss is telling you can help you know when to step up and offer your assistance.

Additionally, in order to learn how to listen to your heart and go with what you feel, Sharon says that knowing your intuition style is key. OfficeTeam determined five different intuitive styles in their survey:

  • Analyst: you make decisions based on careful research and past experience
  • Observer: you depend heavily on visual cues to guess what others may want without being told
  • Questioner: you rely on posing direct inquiries to figure out your next move
  • Empathizer: you understand how other people are feeling and are able to anticipate how you can help
  • Adapter: you employ multiple strategies, sometimes helping others with problems and sometimes asking questions

Ultimately, it comes down to being listening to your gut and being confident enough act on what it’s telling you.

Which intuitive style are you?

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