How can I experience workplace success?
Do you want to know how to be successful at your job? Here are some important things you can do to achieve workplace success.
1. If you don’t understand, tell your boss
It is okay to not understand something. If you don’t understand, tell your boss. If you need to ask several times, keep asking. If other refugees or immigrants work at your job, you can ask them to help translate for you. American employers are used to questions, especially when you are new. Asking questions shows them that doing a good job is important to you.
2. Always be on time
For example, if your shift begins at 3:30 pm, you should be at work, dressed and ready to start working by 3:25 pm. You should be friendly and say hello to your co-workers when you come in. However, do not spend too much time talking to others in the morning. Most Americans start working as soon as they get to their job.
3. Go to work every day that you are scheduled
Check your work schedule every week and come to work when scheduled. Stay at work until your shift is complete. Do not leave work early without permission. Even if there is an emergency, tell your supervisor (not just a friend) before you leave. When you want to take days off, talk to your boss ahead of time. If you have an appointment, make sure your boss knows when you are leaving and coming back. Showing up when you’re supposed to is an important part of workplace success.
4. If you are sick, tell your boss as soon as you can
If are sick and need to miss work, you should call your employer before your scheduled work time. Tell them you are sick and need to stay home. Some managers might want you to email or text them. Also, every company had a different number of paid sick days. It is best not to take more than that amount. Learn what the details when you start work.
5. Do what your supervisor says
Follow the directions of your supervisor. The only time you should not do what your supervisor says is if they tell you to do something illegal or something you cannot do because of religious or personal reasons. However, remember that it is okay to share your ideas and opinions. Most bosses want to hear from you if you have positive things to share.
6. Make sure you look professional
If you have a uniform, wear your uniform and keep it clean. Wear your uniform the way you were trained in orientation. Make sure to wash your uniform and/or keep it as clean as possible. If you wear business clothes, make sure they are neat and conservative. Do not wear the same clothes two days in a row. If you are not sure how to dress, look at your co-workers and buy similar clothes. Some companies have casual Fridays, which means you get to wear non-business clothes.
7. Help your co-workers and supervisors
In small businesses, you may be asked to do many different tasks. If you are a cashier in a store, your duties may include cleaning the bathrooms, mopping the floor and taking out the trash. If you have a coworker on vacation, you might have to do some of their duties. This type of work is part of being on a team. It is also part of how to be successful at work. If you are a good team worker, your manager will think about that when there are chances for a promotion.
8. Do not gossip
Gossiping is saying negative things or telling private things about other people without them knowing. This is always a bad idea at work. If you are having a hard time working with someone, talk to that person. Try to figure out how you can get along. If they do not want to listen to you or get angry, tell your manager. He or she may be able to help you communicate.
If you feel that someone is harassing you, or their behavior at work is making you feel bad, talk to your manager. They will try to fix the situation.
9. Tell the truth
It is best to be honest with your supervisor and co-workers. If you make a mistake, it’s okay. You can just say you made a mistake and that you are sorry. This might be hard and may not be normal in your home country. But this is very valued in the American workplace.
10. Do not use drugs or alcohol before or at work
Drugs and alcohol are very dangerous in the workplace. If you use them, you will be fired immediately. Many companies have a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol. This means if you are caught just one time, you will be fired right away. If you are at a company party that serves alcohol and you want to have one or two drinks, that is okay. If you do not want alcohol, that is okay too. If your coworkers ask why, be honest.
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