Depressions and recessions do not have an overly adverse effect on people who are employed. The problems start when you lose your job. Finding a new one can be difficult and time consuming. It is better to learn how to keep a job until you are ready to move on. While many of these tips are simply common sense, many people do not seem to learn them without help.
Work hard on your attendance.
Living free and easy is great, but it does not pay the bills. Some employees see their accrued vacation or leave time on their check stub and decide it is okay to call in sick to get a day off with pay. The problem with this idea is that most employers only allow a certain number of unplanned days off before you start to be penalized on your evaluations.
It will cost you when a real illness strikes or a family issues arise.
At that point, the employee’s job is put in jeopardy because he or she has already had too many unplanned absences in the recent past. Tardiness can cause the same problem. You need show up for work and show up on time.
Learn who the boss is.
This tip seems out of place here. But, many times employees decide they would rather listen to coworkers than the boss. Suddenly, they are being called into the office for an unexpected scolding or worse. In the workplace, it is always best to consult with the one in charge to get directions. You do not have to be buddies with the boss, but you should be willing to do your job in the manner that the boss expects.
Learn to listen to directions.
Always pay attention when you are being given directions about your job. Just because you know your job does not mean that you are doing everything right. There may have been changes to the system that you need to be updated about. Tuning out directions because you ego is getting in the way of listening is a really bad plan. It can negatively affect your advancement and job retention prospects in a hurry.
Write down anything that is too much to remember.
Often new training or directions come as a list. If you find that there are multiple steps involved, it is a good idea to write them down. You can always discard them later if you find them redundant. Going back to ask over and over how to do your job can make the boss believe that you are not the right person for the position.
Avoid becoming too involved in office gossip.
Since you cannot control who repeats your words, it is better to keep most comments to yourself in the workplace. Some coworkers will spin your comments into saying things that you did not mean. Occasional lighthearted banter is one thing, doing serious complaining about the boss or the company can be quite another. Also, employers generally frown at employees who are constantly creating turmoil in the office with excessive drama and gossip.
Treat your coworkers with respect.
Learn to see your coworkers as people who have lives and families and deserve to be treated as human beings. Avoid talking down to them or speaking in an excessively abrasive manner. Steer clear of belittling comments. Keep your conversations focused on the job as much as possible. Be helpful whenever you can.
Have a good sense of humor.
People like to laugh. Sometimes you will be laughing at others, and sometimes you need be able to laugh at yourself. Put on your thick skin when you go to work. While your job may be serious, your workplace may have some room for levity at times. A congenial attitude will go a long way toward minimizing any other job related flaws that you may have. A bad attitude will make even good job performance be questionable.
Manage your anger.
Getting mad or getting even are rarely welcomed responses in the office or plant. If you need help to control your anger, join an anger management group or get therapy. Learn to take a deep breath, count to 10, or take a walk before speaking your mind or punching people or equipment. Angry outbursts can get a person fired on the spot. Insubordination is normally a reason for immediate dismissal.
When you have a good idea, share it with the boss. You may not always get the full credit if it is implemented, but innovation always gets rewarded in the long run. Learning to be an innovator will enhance your work environment and should lead to not only keeping your job, but earning promotions.
Strive for work excellence and meet deadlines.
The old saw goes something like this: “If a job is worth doing, it is worth doing right.” You were hired to do a job correctly. If the boss had time to do the job, he or she would be doing it. You are employed to do the tasks that the boss needs completed. Because of this, you should realize that your boss is judged on the quality of your work.
Working for excellence on the job makes the boss looks good.
This, in turn, increases the odds that you will remain employed. Not only does the work have to be done well, it needs to be completed on time. Late work may lose its value to the company. If you are not viewed as someone who contributes positively to the company’s bottom line, your job might not last very long.