Tips for Succeeding on the Job
AUBURN, July 19---Finding
qualified applicants to fill most jobs is not too difficult
according to human resource managers. They say the real challenge is
finding people who want to work, are willing to invest time and
energy in their job, and can be counted on to do a good job.
The people who usually
get ahead have certain qualities or characteristics that set them
apart from others, says Dr. Jacquelyn Robinson, a community
workforce development specialist with the Alabama Cooperative
She offers these five
tips to employees:
Become an expert.
Simply doing what the company expects of you is not enough. Set
yourself apart by setting high standards for yourself. Look for ways
to do job tasks more efficiently so that both you and your coworkers
are more productive. Learn everything possible about your job and
how your responsibilities contribute to the organization's overall
productivity. Volunteer to help and teach others.
Make an effort to understand your environment, your employer and
your coworkers. Be tolerant of others and their lifestyles. Show
respect for others and for your employer by being conscious of
personal habits that others may find annoying, such as chewing gum,
smoking, gossiping or making personal phone calls. Take time to
listen to others and offer help when appropriate. Try to fit into
all groups. Accept constructive criticism in the manner that it was
Arrive at work early, stay late if necessary to get the job done.
Complete all assignments on time. If a problem arises unexpectedly
to prevent you from finishing a task or project, talk with the
people affected. Both your boss and your coworkers will appreciate
Be flexible. Show
a willingness to learn and try new things. Offer to rearrange
your schedule when
Give sincere praise and credit to others for their contribution to a
project. Focus on solutions, and approach problem situations as
opportunities to grow and learn. Do not abuse breaks, lunch hours,
sick leave and other privileges provided by your employer. Be
conservative when using company resources.
SOURCE: Dr. Jacquelyn P.
Robinson, Community Workforce Development Specialist, Alabama
Cooperative Extension System, (334) 844-5353