10+ Tips for Workplace Success
You've just landed your dream job: high pay and good benefits, reasonable hours, the opportunity to be a valued member of a team, and excellent perks (like the option to telecommute, reimbursement for continued education, more).
Everything is going great, but you need to resist the urge to coast. Maintain workplace success by following these guidelines:
- Know your employer's expectations. Make sure
you understand company culture, job duties, employer policies.
- Be honest in EVERY instance. Resist the urge to
borrow company supplies for personal use, do personal errands on
company time, or pad your expense account.
- Be positive. Whether things are going well or
badly, always maintain an even keel and resist the urge to
complain to co-workers about your boss or your job. Your
complaints could work their way back up the corporate ladder.
- Be a team player. The business world loves team
players--those willing to set aside their personal goals for the
overall goals of the department or company. Team players
get noticed and often advance faster than those with a more
- Avoid gossip. Stay focused on the positive and
refrain from sharing personal or company information with your
co-workers. Be especially cognizant of this when attending
company parties or outings where alcohol is served.
- Practice good "cubicle etiquette." Whether
or not you're actually in a cube, respect shared office space by
keeping voice volume low on the phone and in person. Do
not SHOUT across the room; go to co-workers to speak to them.
Follow workplace etiquette guidelines all the time!
- Leave your personal life at home. Keep personal
calls and emails to a minimum. Leave errands for lunchtime
or when you're away from work. Don't share intimate
details of your social life over the water cooler!
- Be willing to take on extra duties. Always
volunteer for extra responsibilities--whether it's overseeing a
major new project or filing folders.
- Use technology only for business purposes. Most
companies monitor employee usage of technology, so you should
skip the personal emails and text messages. NEVER, of
course, view illegal or pornographic materials on the web.
- Be punctual and respect established business hours. Get to work early, never take more time than is allotted for
lunch, never leave early, and work extra hours if necessary when on
deadline. You want to send the message that you're
dependable and willing to go the extra mile to meet company
- Always respect deadlines. Keep your word. Always meet deadlines; if you miss a deadline, it may have a domino effect throughout your company. Talk to your boss far ahead of a deadline if you believe that you won't be able to complete an assigned task on time.
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