By Getrude Matayo
Whether you work in an office, a call center, or at a fast-food restaurant, it is important to work hard at your job and be a good employee. Dedicate yourself to the task you are assigned and participate in any training that is offered to you.
Always treat your co-workers, clients, and supervisors with professional’s respect. Being a good employee demonstrates to your supervisor that you are dedicated to your work and will show your eligibility for a promotion or raise.
Model a strong work ethic and cover the basic requirements of your job. As soon as you start a new job, make it your business to learn the ropes as soon as possible. Many employees settle into a comfortable routine once they become proficient at a job.
Show initiative by going above and beyond tasks that you are assigned. This will show your boss that you are able to work hard and serve as a model employee. Take the initiative to complete tasks on your own, so your supervisor doesn’t have to micro-manage your work.
Learn new skills and take advantage of train opportunities. Many employees offer parodic on-site training or online training courses. In some instances, you may be expected to travel conferences for company side training.
Take criticism gracefully when it concerns your work performance. Constructive criticism from the boss, client, or co-worker can give you some good ideas about what people expect from you. Criticism can also show you areas in which your performance has room to improve.
Ask your supervisor what their expectations are when you are in doubt. While the overall expectations should have been laid out clearly in the job posting and the interview, you may find that the nature of your work changes as month and years pass.
Develop a good relationship with the people in the office. An important aspect of being a good employee is working with the people in your office or workplace. Having a positive attitude will help improve office morale overall and demonstrate to your co-workers that you are interested in working together as a team.
Avoid participating in workplace gossip to show professionalism. Your employer is not paying you to gossip or kill time with your workplace friends. Keep the majority of your workplace interactions focused on the task at hand.
Arrive at your job on time every day. Punctuality is an important part of being a good employee. It allows you to start your work on time and will impress your boss and other co-workers who work the same shifts that you do.