After years of school and studying for a promising career, you finally land the job that you want. You work hard and do your job well but it is an unspoken obligation of every office employee to learn one thing that is not taught in any program in any school: office culture. While all offices are different, following these tips will ensure you are successful in any office setting you find yourself in.
1. Know the goals of the company and your manager
When focusing on your work and your own career, it is easy to forget the goals of the organization and what it is attempting to achieve. Being mindful of this when you are doing your work will keep things in perspective and add value to your task at hand. Don’t be afraid to speak to your direct supervisor to identify common goals and what he or she requires in order to reach these objectives.
2. Be respectful of all co-workers no matter what
Be respectful of everyone in the office. Each person has a different thought process and reasoning method so be considerate of these differences. You will not agree with or like all supervisors and co-workers you will have in life, but you work with them daily and if you don’t respect them, nothing will get done easily. Listen to what others have to say especially if you are new in the office. This is a great way to learn about culture, values, and the profession itself. Help and support your co-workers when they need it. Not only will this benefit the company as a whole, it will create a positive and healthy work environment.
3. Refrain from gossip
Gossiping about co-workers contributes to a poisonous work environment. It demonstrates to co-workers that you do not respect others and you cannot be trusted with any sensitive or personal information. Gossiping in the office shows the person that you are conversing with that if you talk about someone when he or she is not present, you are probably talking about them to another co-worker.
4. Mind your deadlines
To ensure that you get your work done on time, aim to complete the task one day early. Even if you are completely focused on this task, the reality is other things come up and can interfere with your ability to give it your undivided attention. Having it completed one day early guarantees the task is done and can even leave room for last-minute changes. Make sure that you are allotted enough time to complete the job from the beginning. If you commit to the deadline and do not follow through, you risk looking foolish and incompetent.
5. Work as a team
Every employee wants to stand out and advance their career but it is those that can effectively work as a team that usually progress. If you are working on a project with others, respect each opinion and listen to others. Make sure you complete the piece of the project you were delegated on time and help others if they are struggling. Supervisors watch closely to how people work in a team, while professional job recruiters also regard interpersonal skills highly when referring new candidates. Demonstrating that you can do so effectively will have a positive impact on your career.
6. Don’t complain, offer solutions
Anyone can identify problems and complain to anyone who will listen, that is easy. Being the one to offer promising solutions can make you stand out above the rest. Instead of complaining about an issue, keep quiet, determine a course of action to address the problem and attempt to solve it. This will demonstrate your ability to problem-solve and take on new initiatives.