Ok.. so my friend recently got a job and she calls me a lot from Toronto telling me about it and sometimes complaining about her boss. It’s hard to have a real job for the first time and having to handle real work and people. I wanted to write about this earlier to discuss the ways to deal with work, people around you, and your employer. This is just my personal opinion from working for many years.
- If your a newbie to work. You will be a newbie for at least 2 years (maybe more). That’s how long it takes for people around you to get to know you on a personal and professional level.
- Be your self. If you can’t or afraid just don’t talk too much. Being uncomfortable will cause you to say stupid things and others may perceive you as “odd” or may even dislike you.
- Don’t be “COCKY”. No one likes a smart ass. (Especially your co-workers.) You were hired for a reason. We know you got the job because you were qualified and talented. To keep earning your position and keep getting paid takes a lot of skills and weeks of proving your self.
- Don’t be too friendly and put all your trust in your co-workers. They are the ones that can make or break you. They are the ones who really judge your work and what you do because you work with them more than your boss. Your boss knows everything but always asks for other’s opinions.
- Ask a lot and always keep track of everything you do. If you are not sure of something than just say you don’t. It doesn’t make you dumb or look stupid. No. It makes you look like you are really working and progressing in your work. Always report to your employer of your progress whenever you met your milestones. Always set your own deadlines and make them realistic. If you think you can finish a task in a week. Give your self a 2 week deadline. That way if you mess up or something comes up (sick or family emergency) than you have some extra time to finish what you got to do.
- Always always check your work. I cannot stress this enough! It’s everyone’s mistake. It’s not an assignment to get graded on. This is real work where others will be depending on it! Also, make sure of what you present to your employer is perfect to your standards. If you are not sure than ask your co-worker for their opinion (especially the ones that have been working there longer than you).
- It will take years to earn the trust of your boss. Your boss no matter what will always tell you that you can do better. It’s a way to progress in your work and always get better in what you are doing.
- Don’t ever argue back with your boss. I suffered enough of this because I am argumentative in nature and think I do good work all the time. (Maybe not all the time but I am very self centered and arrogant, and I think I always do kick ass work). So I just learned to shut up and accept criticism and not say anything anymore and just work and enjoy what I am doing.
- If you are given more work and lots projects (more than others) than you should be great full because that means your boss knows you are talented and can get lots of things done at great quality. You are a great tool to the company. So just accept it. Also it guarantees you will be keeping your job longer!
- Put your focus on your work at all times you are at work. I know we are all guilty of suffering through life’s disruptions and we got personal things to do during the day. But don’t over do it. (Work phone is not your personal phone! No one needs to hear your personal calls! I am sick of it!) I cannot stress how much I hate the phone at work. That is why I just keep my headphones on. Also if you feel that life is jeapordizing your work than just take the day off. I suffered a lot from this. I always had bad days (depression) and I just took the day off or took a sick day. I don’t need to take my problems to work. And if I feel that I am not meeting my milestones than I just take my work home or work on weekends. Simple as that.
- Don’t ever argue about money with your boss. You are getting paid what you deserve. If you don’t think you are than find some where else to work and end it there. If you think you are treated unfairly or not getting paid what you should be getting, but you know if you work harder you will get a raise eventually, than just work and try to prove your self. No need for drama!
- Always smile and try to keep an optimistic view of your work. If you don’t like what you are doing or not interested than most likely it will take you longer to finish. And if you really hate what you are doing than just quit. Seriously, I say you should quit because you will end up doing a half ass job that sucks so bad that you will eventually get fired anyways. So quit! If you decide to quit, don’t just walk out. No.. bad bad move. Give your reasons. Give a notice and say something very simple. Say this: “I do not feel that I can progress in my work and I am not enjoying it. If I cannot put my heart and soul into it I will not do well in my work and I do not want to disappoint you (boss) or the clients .” Something like that
- If you decide that there is a better opportunity out there and you decide to leave your current position, then give a minimum of 2 weeks notice. If you have not completed your current project than the next employee that will take your position should be able to pick up where you left off. Do this always. Don’t leave on a bad note. Let your boss and co-workers remember you for the good things that you have done. And that counts for everything you have done till the last minute at your job.
Anyways. These are just a few tings that I can think of now after 5 years of working in same place! Great isn’t it! Anyways I am on vacation now and I will be blogging more and maybe changing the template for my site again. I will see if I am motivated enough in the next couple of weeks!!