A Few Employment Tips for Keeping A Job!
Written by Toni
- Your co-workers and your boss are not your friends. They are your co-workers and boss. The very person you think is your friend is likely the one talking to your boss about you.
- Mind your own business and do your job. Don’t get involved in office politics.
- Laugh at yourself and your own mistakes. People tend to lighten up when you do.
- If you make a mistake, be the first person to own up to it. Let your boss hear about it from you rather than someone else. Take responsibility and ownership of your mistakes.
- Don’t spread gossip.
- If your boss decides to give you a blessing out, stand there, listen to what they say, let them finish their tyrade. Do not try to defend yourself. Suck it up and apologize. Ask what you can do to rectify the situation. Talking back only makes matters worse.
- Follow the chain of command. If you have a problem, go to your immediate supervisor first.
- Whether you can respect someone as an individual or not is not important, you have to respect them as your co-worker or your boss. It doesn’t mean you have to like them. It means you have to set your personal feelings toward that person aside so everyone can do their jobs.
- If you need a work accommodation, be assertive and ask for it. No one knows what you need unless you tell them. Don’t expect them to know, it is your issue, not theirs. An employer is only required to give job accommodations if they are needed for essential job functions. If you just want something because you want it, that does not apply.
- Don’t under estimate your supervisor. Even if you think that person is a total idiot and knows nothing, they are your supervisor. If they don’t know the answers, they can find out. Nothing will tick them off more than if you treat them like they know nothing. They got to be a supervisor somehow!
- Contrary to popular opinion, a little sucking up to your supervisors can never hurt, just don’t be real obvious about it. Whether you like them or not, act like you do.
- Do not do personal things on company time. You are getting paid to do a job, not your personal business. If you need to conduct personal business at your workplace, ask to be able to clock out until you get your issue resolved, then clock back in.
- Although everyone around you in many places of employment use their cell phones, in some places this is acceptable, in some it is not. Keep your cell phone turned off. If you have to wait for an important call from a Doctor or something, tell your supervisor your phone is on vibrate for an important call. After you get that call, turn it off.
- Do not use a company telephone or e-mail for personal business. Your e-mails can be tracked and read. They are not private. Do not use the internet on your job unless it is part of your job. Again, the company is not paying you to surf the web.
- Be on time for work, don’t leave early, don’t take extended breaks on company time. All of these things will be counted against you. Do not call in sick excessively.
These are just things that I have learned over time, with experience, and from my family.