We all want to make a good impression at work, and although the majority of us do what is required of us, there are behaviours that we should definitely avoid if we want to stay in our boss’s good graces.
We all go through difficult situations at work, but it’s important that you don’t constantly complain; no one likes a whiner. If you’re having trouble coping with a situation, speak to your partner, a friend or a therapist – but keep calm while you’re on the job.
Volunteering at work can definitely help you gain your boss’s favour; however, volunteer too often and you might find yourself being taken advantage of. But, if you pick up people’s slack, you may be giving yourself more work than you can handle, and your overall job performance may suffer.
More and more employers are allowing employees to dress casually, but while that may be more comfortable, try not to dress too casually. Avoid clothes that are too revealing or damaged, and don’t wear t- shirts that may have insensitive or offensive language. Just take care of your overall appearance.
If there is one conversation you shouldn’t bring into the office, it’s politics. Everyone has their own political views and, more often than not, when these are discussed things get very heated. The last thing you want to do is to create a tense atmosphere among your co-workers.
No one likes gossip, so don’t spread rumours about your co-workers, even if justifiably. Not only is this immature and mean, but you could also have a serious HR violation on your hands.
Avoid going on social media and doing other non-work-related activities for a prolonged amount of time, as there’s a good chance that someone is keeping track of your work habits.
As exemplary and courageous as it may be to work when you’re feeling under the weather, there are some times when staying home and resting is the only option. If you are too ill to work or suffering from a contagious illness, you’ll be doing your co-workers a favour by just staying at home.
This should go without saying, but unfortunately it is still happening. Even if you don’t have time to go out and get a sandwich, ask a co-worker to kindly go and buy one for you – and next time prepare your meal beforehand so you don’t become the workplace rogue.
Are you going through a tough situation in your work place and looking for more advice on how to handle it effectively? Are you even thinking of having a career change but don’t know where to start?
If so, our Independence Project meetings are for you! Held every Monday, these meetings provide effective tips on how to be a better employee and how to make a difference at work. These meeting also give advice on starting your business and how to improve your finances. If you would like more information about these meetings, please call our helpline on 020 7686 6000.