Steps to Making a Good Decision

At work, we have to make decisions all the time. Sometimes, we weigh the evidence before making a decision, sometimes we just go with our gut. But when you have a big decision to make at work, one that will have major consequences, it’s not something you want to do by intuition, or with a quick study of the problem. You need to approach it methodically. Here are steps to follow for that methodical approach.

1. Define the decision, and what you have to do to make it.
You may think this step is unnecessary – of course you know what decision you have to make. But don’t be so sure. It may not be what you think. For example, you may be trying to make a decision about going on vacation because your financial situation at the moment is not the best, and you are not sure you can find something worthwhile that is also in your price range.

So, what are you deciding here? It’s not whether to go on vacation or not, or where to go on vacation. It’s will a vacation that you can afford be worth the money.

So, there are two parts to this decision – one, looking at where you can go with the amount of money you have budgeted; and, two, how much fun will such a vacation be?

2. List your options.
What decisions can you make for the particular situation you are dealing with? What choices are open to you?

3. Give the pluses and minuses of each option.
Consider the pros and cons from different perspectives, and what consequences each could have. Draw on your past history.

4. Set a deadline for making the decision.
You need to give yourself a time frame for taking action.

5. Try to envision how the different options will play out.
Try to visualize in your mind the course of events that would play out with each option.

6. Make your decision
After you have gone through all of these steps, you probably now have a choice that you are leaning toward.

Although you are trying to make the process as rational as possible, a certain degree of emotion will enter into it. However, if you think that emotion has been the driver of your decision, you should take an additional step – sleep on it. Then, next day, go over the pros and cons again to make sure you are not acting impulsively.

If you have made the decision to find a new job, Opti Staffing is here to help you. Opti is one of the best in Alaska, with the experience and expertise to find the right job for you. Give Opti a call today.

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