How to be a good employee

Employees

Behave professionally.

This is a business, not a playground, unless you are employed as a playground supervisor. People talk, and workers know the difference between a person who is fun to work with and a person who is always fooling around. Fun means a good personality, a joke or two, and a smile. Fooling around is wasting your time and that of others, being frequently off-task, and often being seen standing in the workspace of others instead of in your own.

Learn to take criticism gracefully.

It will provide you with valuable ideas about what people expect from you, any weak areas, and what you need to work on first. If a boss or co-worker criticizes you in a way that hurts or angers you, wait until you cool/calm down and ask them if you can talk with them. Tell them how you felt, but tell them that you would like to fix the issue and want them to talk with you about what needs to be changed.

Learn to do your job, and do it well.

Whether it’s menial and tedious, or tough and high-paying, learn how to do the job, regardless of how difficult you think it might be. Promotions are most commonly based your ability to do your job, loyalty to the company, your aptitude, and your educational background. If you don’t know how to do something, go find out; don’t make excuses for why you didn’t do it.

When you get the opportunity to learn a new skill, receive training for a different activity.

You can also take a study course paid for by your employer – do it! Cross-training, new skill sets, and further education show that you are intelligent and value life-long learning. If push comes to shove, and people are let go, you stand a better chance of being retained than those who can only do one thing.

Be on time.

Always arrive early. Be at least 15 minutes early every day. That way, if you are running late, you will be on time. If you have to park far away, you will walk in and still not be late. If your client is early, you will be there to greet him or her, and not leave someone waiting for you – even if you arrive on time.

Don’t drag your feet.

We mean this in a literal way. Pick your feet up and walk proud, and get right to your work – don’t procrastinate or let things drag up to the deadline, and then jump in to get it done in a fast flurry at the end. It may make your boss crazy. Gain a reputation for having your act together more so than the majority of people.

Tips:

  • If you want to be a good employee, the first step is to talk to others how they became a good employee and use those ideas and put it in your way a little then ask the manager about how to be a good employee that she/he will like.
  • Listen to what you need to do. Listening is a huge key point to success.
  • Be willing to not know.

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