Whether you just graduated from school or are new to a job, there are many do’s and don’ts when it comes to the workplace. Make sure you put your best foot forward and avoid these common mistakes.
No inappropriate attire! Ordinarily at the workplace, women should avoid clothing such as short skirts and exposed cleavage. Both men and women should avoid jeans and flip flops. This is because the workplace is generally a professional setting, so you should not dress too casual.
2. Handling Feedback
Many times, people are not good at handling feedback. Constructive criticism may be difficult to hear, but you should not take it personally. You must remember that it is only advice to help you to improve for the next time, so you should try to learn as much as possible. The worst thing that you can do is shut down or be defensive.
3. Not Asking Questions
When you are confused about a task, policies, or anything, do not be afraid to ask questions! Asking questions is a vital part in the workplace, and going into something confused is never a good thing to do. People may think that asking questions make you look foolish and bad, but it is much better to ask questions if you are even a little bit unsure. It is not worth trying to muddle your way through something.
Although this is most common for new job holders, etiquette is still something that should be refreshed. Make sure you use proper etiquette. For emails, make sure you address the person you wish to contact professionally, using Mr., Mrs., etc. Be sure to have a good signature in your email that includes phone numbers and your company name. In terms of phone etiquette, avoid slang. When greeting someone in person, always stand to shake their hand, and use proper addresses.
Bosses and supervisors do not want a worker who is uninterested, lazy, or passive. Along with not asking enough questions, being passive shows that you are not a good worker. Make sure you are eager to learn, offer help, and willing to adapt. If you are not doing anything at work, go ask your boss if there is anything he or she needs help with. Showing initiative is great!