In today’s tough economic times, having a job doesn’t equate to job security; for
every job, there are hundreds of other qualified people waiting in the wings to
take your place. Below are 10 Rules that every worker or employee should keep in mind in order to be, not only a great employee but one that is valuable and
1. Take the initiative. Management wants people who are able to do the right thing without being told. A self-motivated employee who exceeds expectations will definitely stand out in a sea of workers as someone with the best interests of the company in mind.
2. Be on time. Keep in mind that being on time is good but arriving early is always better. As a general rule, try your best to make it to work at least 15 minutes early every day. This shows people that you are not only serious but also committed to your work. Relatedly, be on time when meeting deadlines. Similar to punctuality, employers are looking for responsible and well-organized employees and being timely shows exactly that.
3. Create and sustain good working relationships. Treat everyone with respect, courtesy, understanding and kindness. Having a positive working environment will enable you to be more productive and lead to others treating you with the same decency. You will need to be a member of a team, so do not alienate yourself and cause others to treat you with disdain or mistrust.
4. Be presentable. There is a saying, “You dress for the job you want, and not the job that you have.” You are a representative of your company and as such, dress accordingly. How will people treat you with respect if you don’t respect or care about yourself enough to bring forward the best of yourself.
5. Conduct yourself in a professional manner. Remember that you are at work. No one wants to be around or work with someone who cannot take criticism gracefully or someone who is too sensitive. There is a fine line between someone who is fun to work with and someone who is always fooling around.
6. Have dedication. Don’t be a worker that just skates by with the bare minimum, be someone who is ready and willing to do the tasks at hand. It’s important to be able to recognize what is needed and then provide it.
7. Learn and improve. Learn about your job and do it well. You need to be able to add value to yourself and know about your work and company in order to be an expert in your field. Aside from this, share your knowledge, this will demonstrate your value as well as leadership and communication skills.
8. Be a problem solver. A great worker is someone that causes minimal disturbances moreover someone who can provide solutions. Contribute to ensuring that the company functions at its finest.
9. Have character and integrity. “Say what you mean and mean what you say.” People with character and integrity are unfortunately becoming too few and far in between; employers would always want someone who is trustworthy, honest and honorable as they will be representing the company.
10. Take responsibility. It might be scary to confess an error but those who put value in their work and company should be responsible and tell the truth. When confessing an error, explain what happened and request advice/guidance but you should also have a suggestion on how to remedy.