Once you are hired for a job you definitely want to make sure you keep it. Here are a some ways to help you keep your employer happy with your performance
1. Be early
Just like when you showed up 10 to 15 minutes early for your interview, you want to show up at least five minutes early to work. If you show up early and see that your work is packed you can always ask your boss if he or she want you to clock in early to help your co-workers with the customers. This also shows that you are serious about your job.
2. Dress appropriate
If there is a dress-code or uniform, make sure you follow it and that your clothing is always clean. Don’t wear jewelry that is not appropriate for the workplace and the same thing applies for make-up.
3. Learn new things
Try to learn new things as often as you can. If you see a co-worker or supervisor doing something that you have not done before (and he or she doesn’t look busy) ask if you can be shown how to do that task. This way if something needs to be done around the workplace and that person is not around, you can show your boss you have taken the initiative to learn how to do it.
4. Work well with others
Don’t get into arguments with your co-workers. If there is a problem and you feel that there will be no solution to it, come up with an excuse to walk away. A boss frowns upon arguments in the workplace and, if he or she has to make the choice, will keep the more productive one. There is not point in putting your job at risk.
5. Customer friendly
Always try to help the customer to the best of your ability. Go above and beyond. Here is a very good example:
A female customer, Melanie, walks in a copy and fax store to send a fax to a local business. The associate behind the counter, Crystal, greets Melanie and asks what she can do for her. Melanie tells the associate that she needs two pages faxed to a local business and after filling out the form Crystal takes the paper to the fax machine. After three failed attempts, the fax does not go through. Crystal apologizes to Melanie and explains what has happened. She informs Melanie that she can try again tomorrow during the normal operation hours of the business she is trying to fax the papers to. Melanie explains her transportation situation to Crystal and how that is not a possibility. After hearing that, Crystal immediately suggests that Melanie pre-pay for the fax, that Crystal would try faxing the papers for her the next day and would call once the fax went through, and would hold the confirmation page for Melanie when she would be able to pick it up.
6. Try to pick up shifts
If your boss calls you telling you that someone has called off and was wondering if you were able to cover the shift, try and cover it. If you don’t have any plans, doctors appointments, and are not sick take the extra shift. It shows that you do want to work and it also puts some extra money in your pocket.
7. Help you co-workers
If you see a co-worker of yours is struggling, and it wont hurt your work at all, try to help him or her. It shows that you care for the workplace and the people in it. When you have a job, it’s not just about you. If one person fails, it just doesn’t look bad on them, it looks bad on the whole. Try to help as much as possible, as long as it doesn’t impede on your work.
8. 15 minute breaks are a luxury
If your are on a 15-minute-break and see that it’s pack, get back to work. Those are paid break and are a luxury. If your boss walks by and sees a long line of customers with you still on your 15-minute-break, you are going to be asked anyway. Take the initiative and get back to work. Once the customers clear out, you can finish your break.