Some of them are basic etiquette.Â Some of them are plain common sense.Â Theyâ€™re also just good advice we give some candidates about how to be poised, productive and impressive to the employer when theyâ€™re on a temporary or contract job.Â Which means theyâ€™re good advice for anyone in the workplace!
DONâ€™T avoid asking questions.
Afraid of looking dumb?Â If you donâ€™t ask the questions that help you do your job properly, youâ€™ll come off as even dumber â€“ or, just as bad, youâ€™ll appear indifferent or cocky.Â We value curiosity among others about what we do, because it shows interest and investment.Â Be the person who isnâ€™t afraid to ask questions, to demonstrate your involvement and willingness to learn and, potentially, take the conversation in interesting â€“ and productive â€“ new directions!
DONâ€™T waste your time on the job.
Itâ€™s not your time â€“ itâ€™s the companyâ€™s time.Â Theyâ€™re paying you for it.Â That Facebook post will wait until youâ€™re on your own hours.Â If youâ€™ve finished a project, go find another one, or ask someone if they need help.Â Â Or use the time to get better at your own job somehow â€“ plenty of firms can fill up downtime with training, especially virtual training, thatâ€™ll help you ratchet up your skillset.
DONâ€™T stay in your cubicle.
â€œCubicleâ€ is metaphoric â€“ whether youâ€™ve in a cube, a corner office or on the road, you need to interact with others and become part of the culture of an organization.Â That engenders a positive reputation, which engenders opportunity.Â Not to mention the fact itâ€™s simply healthy to have relationships in any place where youâ€™re putting in a good share of your waking life.
DONâ€™T multitask in meetings.
Youâ€™re making a presentation or trying to make a pointâ€¦and Joe from Operations over there is hammering away on his Blackberry.Â Howâ€™s that make you feel?Â Like youâ€™re getting your point across?Â What if itâ€™s about an item thatâ€™s relevant to him?Â His loss.
So imagine yourself in his seat at the table.Â When you stay focused on whatâ€™s happening in that meeting or conference, you not only pick up on the information being dealt with, youâ€™re observing body language, understanding team dynamics, and being viewed as a participant whoâ€™s engaged and on top of their game.Â Guess what?Â It makes co-workers a lot more likely to come to your meetings â€“ and give them the attention you think they deserve.
DONâ€™T check your phone while talking to someone.
â€œI gotta take this.â€Â â€œLet me reply to this text.â€Â Or maybe you havenâ€™t even said that much â€“ youâ€™ve just turned your attention to your phone, mid-conversation.Â Would you do it to your boss?Â Guess what â€“ if you make a point of focusing on the person at hand, theyâ€™ll appreciate it.Â Itâ€™s just common courtesyâ€¦and thereâ€™s a reason we observe those courtesies: they make a workplace easier and more beneficial for everyone.
DONâ€™T talk behind othersâ€™ backs.
If itâ€™s not your place to talk to a person, itâ€™s not your place to talk about them.Â Itâ€™s idle gossip â€“ and in some organizations, itâ€™s part of a culture of â€œtriangulationâ€ where criticism is never direct.Â Thatâ€™s toxic, both to you as a participant and to the organization.Â If you canâ€™t say something directly to somebody, then itâ€™s probably something that doesnâ€™t deserve to be said, frankly.Â Â Keep conversations direct and productive, and youâ€™ll be doing more good for yourself than youâ€™ll ever gain through gossip.
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