Succeed in the Workplace

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:

Tips to Succeed in the Workplace
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
Dress appropriately
  • When you start a new job, find out what clothing looks OK and is safe to wear.
  • Always 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.
Act professionally
  • 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. You will likely share a workspace with a co-worker, so be courteous.
  • 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.
  • Remember: you are now a representative of the company. Everything you do reflects on your employer.

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