Clean Like a Pro By Kaela FoxLet’s face it, jobs are bleak and the competition is fierce. Executives are taking this process very seriously and carefully evaluating their staff on a daily basis. In short, employers are refining their organization in a manner in which they can maintain their current business as well as grow their business in an economy that has consistently raised the bar for performance and perfection.

Don’t show up late. Employers have a schedule to maintain and they don’t want to be late because you hit the snooze button 15 times. Being consistently late is a sure fire way to lose your job. So do your best to be consistent and on time.
Never undermine your employer. According to uffy, Michelle K. (1998). Social undermining at work: a conceptual framework and empirical test (Ph. D. thesis) Undermining can arise through interactions with co-workers and supervisor’s; these interactions have an effect on the worker that is getting undermined and can affect their work performance. Those who alleged to have social undermining in the workplace reported to have lesser mental health and personal well-being. The results of this study show that undermining has a significant role in worker-supervisor and co-worker relationship and that leads to various different outcomes such as feelings of irritability, anxiety, depersonalization, and depression. This shows that social undermining would affect a person’s work ethics and well-being, when a person does not have a positive outlook on their workspace they become miserable. And, just the same, if you want to keep your job, NEVER undermine your employer.
Don’t lag behind or make excuses as to why you can’t do a certain job. Instead, try to emulate what others are doing. Stick with what you do your best and try to keep pace with your co-workers. You, your employer and your co-workers will have a better working relationship; after all, emulation is the greatest form of flattery. If you can’t do your job because you aren’t physically capable of doing it or are too tired to complete your job effectively and efficiently, you can bet that your boss will find someone else who is capable.
If you’re asked to do something, do not try to compromise or bargain with your employer, just do it. Even if you already did the job and your employer asks you to do it over again, don’t try to compromise or bicker with your employer, simply do what your employer asks you to do. They are the ones who are risking everything, not you and they’ve hired you to be their advocate. Do your best to be a good advocate for your employer and you will keep your job. You are not working on your own time, you are working on their time, they are paying for your time and they expect you to do what they ask you to do, this is your job not a topic of negotiation.
Do not argue. Although winning an argument with your employer may give you the illusion of superiority, in reality, you just hit the ranks of being on the low list, not just with your employer but your co-workers as well. No one wants to watch the t-shirt outwit the man in the suit; certainly not your employer. Your employer is likely not concerned with your off-the-trail, trivial subjects and is thinking about much more important things, such as your job performance, completion of the job and overall customer satisfaction, etc. You are there to encourage the work flow, not impede it by a creating side subjects or controversial disturbances that will distract your boss and co-workers from the tasks at hand. There is a saying, KISS. Keep it simple, stupid. You are there to work, not rehearse to be a candidate on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” Be careful, because playing this game could easily land you the loss of your lifeline or, worse yet, your livelihood.
Don’t challenge others, challenge yourself. Challenge yourself to work smarter, faster and more efficiently. Each day challenge yourself so that you can make yourself a better candidate for a promotion or perhaps obtain new skills that will afford a better opportunity in the future.
Don’t complain about having to work late. Many people who are new to the work force think that they are supposed to be home when the dinner bell rings or by 5. Sure, sometimes this may work, maybe if you’ve paid your dues or have a guaranteed spot working from nine to five but most entry level jobs will require you to work until you are dismissed. This is what comes with most any agreement to work and even those seemingly cushy, nine to five jobs may have you working late or sparing a weekend or two. So be willing to work overtime and volunteer to work late. Do what your employer asks you to do and keep a positive attitude. Never say,”I have a family and I’m going home,” unless you want to hear, “great, then please don’t bother to come back.”
Don’t think for one minute that you don’t have an effect on the success of the business. Every member of the staff has an effect on the life of the business. A business can only perform as well as its staff does. If your work ethics, actions or behavior is not in line with the growth and sustainability of the business, you can count on losing your job. Always remember, when you work for any organization, it isn’t just your livelihood that is at stake, your actions and behavior effect every member of the staff including the business itself and the business owner.
Never belittle your boss. Be careful here. It’s one thing to know how to perform your job; it’s another very ‘irritating’ thing to think you already know all there is to learn. When you’re at work, you’re focus should ONLY be on your job, not on random, off-the-wall thoughts or trivial subjects. People who feel the need to constantly ‘teach’ others are not only irritating but can be viewed as offensive as well.
NEVER taunt your employer into an intellectual contest. Sure, you can spend all night long studying the history of Belmopan but you will never impress your boss or anyone else for that matter if you contest yourself in a ‘know it all’ tone of voice, unless of course, you’re a historian and part of your job was to stay up all night studying the history of Belmopan. Tone of voice really matters when you’re disagreeing with your matters, and when at work, your matters should be consistent with your job. Your attitude and tone can make the difference between sounding adversarial or collaborative. You want to be in line with problem-solving, not one of frustration, hostility or venting. If you feel the need to propose an idea or disagree, pose the conversation in a way that demonstrates that you understand that in the end it is your boss who is ultimately in charge of all decisions.
In summary, do your very best to have a good working relationship with your employer. Always show up, be on-time, ready, willing and able to work. Don’t complain about how tired you are or discuss details of your personal life. Don’t try to ‘engage’ your employer in a contest. Don’t discuss your salary with your co-workers. Keep in mind that while at work, the customer is KING as is your employer and they have the ability to fire everyone from the vice president to the janitor. If your company doesn’t have customers they will not have a business. Be well groomed, act professional, and be willing to take the initiative, but most of all, be thankful that you have a job!
Teri Cameron
(References) US News money careers
uffy, Michelle K. (1998). Social undermining at work: a conceptual framework and empirical test (Ph.D. thesis)

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