Succeed in the Workplace
A rewarding career doesn’t just happen. You have to keep working at it. To be successful, use these tips. If things get hard, stay positive.
You've found a good job. Now, how do you live up to your employer's expectations? What can you do to show you deserve a raise or a promotion? Here are some tips to help you keep and succeed in your new job:
Stick to your work schedule
- Always be on time to work. Have a backup plan for transportation and child care. If you are running late, call your boss as soon as possible.
- Don't take time off in the first few weeks. Let your new boss know you're dependable.
- Leave and return from breaks on time. Let your supervisor know when you will be away from your workstation.
Follow the rules at work
- Know the company rules and policies. Pay attention to all manuals, orientations and safety lessons. If you are not sure of a policy, ask your supervisor or human resources.
- Follow the proper chain of command if you have a problem at work. Talk to your immediate supervisor first, unless told to do something else.
- When you start a new job, find out what clothing looks OK and is safe to wear.
- Come to work clean and well groomed. Do not wear heavy perfumes or colognes. Go easy on the makeup.
- Look like you take pride in yourself and your job.
- Don't make personal phone calls or use company equipment for your own tasks.
- Speak in a way that's appropriate for work. Don't use curse words, slang, or speak too casually to customers or your boss.
- Never use alcohol or illegal drugs at work. You could get fired if caught. It could also keep you from being hired for other jobs.
Get along with others
- Be a team player and help coworkers with projects.
- Hang around coworkers who have good attitudes and work hard.
- Everyone has different views of politics, religion, and cultures. Most companies have rules supporting diversity.
- Think about joining a professional or trade group.