For most of us, our jobs are our livelihoods. And with the unpredictable job market, many feel lucky to even have a job. However, despite that, many people fall victim to the occasional workplace hurdle.
Sometimes the secret to success at work is a little bit of preparation and a lot of common sense. Here are tips on how you can proactively set yourself up for success in the workplace by avoiding any potential obstacles.
Be on time
The first step in making a good impression at work is to get there on time, if not early. Payscale.com says the benefits of arriving to work early far outweigh getting a few extra minutes of shut-eye. Experts say you not only get more work done before the office is buzzing at full capacity, but you also have a sense of control from feeling like you’re ahead of the game.
However, as we all know, unexpected obstacles can get in the way of your plan. The best approach is to be prepared. To avoid any unexpected traffic or construction delays, consult Google Maps before heading out. Additionally, always have an alternative route, if possible, in the event that you need to take it. If you must be late, call your manager ahead of time to let him or her know when you’ll be in the office.
To ensure that you don’t wind up with unexpected car issues that leave you stranded, keep up with your regular vehicle maintenance. Keeping up with replacing your vehicle’s tires and battery can help avoid potential hold ups and keep you safe on the road. And always gas up your car the night before work.
Courtesy and compassion can help build relationships with colleagues. Among the ways you can display courtesy to your coworkers, is to always follow up with those who help you out. For example, if someone offers you a favor, then follow up with a thank-you email or note expressing your gratitude.
Watch your language and always use inclusive words at work. For example, by simply asking others what they think about a topic at hand, you are being inclusive. It is especially important to those who haven’t yet expressed their opinion in a meeting.
Other ways to be courteous include some of the basics. Don’t leave old food in the shared refrigerator. If you take the last cup of coffee in the pot, brew more. And always keep your office space tidy. Further, always mind your manners. Saying “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry” when necessary go a long way in the workplace (and any place).
Don’t get carried away
For example, if you do a great job on a project and your boss recognizes you, don’t let it go to your head. Of course, confidence is a great thing, but so is humility.
Maintain professionalism at all times, even after work hours. This means at the office happy hour, holiday party and other events. Be sure to keep your composure, particularly when there is alcohol involved. You don’t want end up in a situation where you say or do something you regret.