How to be successful on the Job?…Age-old question. Being successful on the job is simple, well maybe not simple, however the task is not as daunting as most make it seem. To be successful on the Job…….
1. Play by the rules, even the unwritten ones. Nobody cares if it’s not your job. In a struggling economy people stating that it is not their job to do certain task usually find the quickest route out the door. If supervision asks you to do something, for the most part do it. However, you must also learn how and when to say no. Don’t get sucked into the trap where you are so spread out with “extra” duties you are no longer efficient at you primary duty.
2. Be nice. Say hello in the morning, goodbye in the evening and how’s it going while walking through the hall, shop floor or factory. People want to work with people they feel comfortable with. Yes we have all herd the cliché “I’m not here to make friends”, well if you don’t make friends, you’re probably making enemies, choose one. This does not suggest to brown nose, but be cordial, there’s really no reason to have any negative type of attitude with co-workers.
3. Learn how to shut up. Ok, now I know I just said you should speak to people but you also got to learn how to shut up. Sit back, listen, you don’t have to make your opinion heard all the time. Also don’t give people ammunition against you; gossipers are prime bait when the $HI4 hits the fan. If you must talk negative about a co-worker be tactful and don’t say anything to someone else that you would not say to that persons face.
4. Become an expert on whatever you do. Learn the ins and outs of your craft. Become an asset to yourself and the organization by being knowledgeable about the task at hand, in the future and in the past. Also learn how to use your knowledge as leverage. If you are a lower tier employee don’t allow the organization to become so dependent on you that it is not beneficial to move you from your current position (read not promotable). If you are an upper tier manager make sure the company has to think twice, three or four times about replacing you.
5. Perform at the position that you want, not that you have. Now this is a Catch 22. Perform at a level that allows you to progress to the next level in your organization, however keep in mind one of your duties is to make your boss “look good”. If your boss gets promoted, you should be the first person he/she recommends to take the vacant position. Go beyond expectations.
6. Be prepared to walk. This doesn’t mean you have to walk but be prepared to walk. Keep your options open. Unfortunately Business tends to take advantage of those that are desperate and lack options. Oh yeah remember that your “Job” is your “Business” so plan and work your plan accordingly. Be at your job because you want to be, not because you have to be.
P.S some good reads:
-Career Warfare by David F. Dalessandro
-Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki
-How to Speak Money, The language and Knowledge You Need to Know, –Ali Velshi and Christine Romans