In this bad economy, that last thing you’d want to be is become unemployed. So if you want to keep your job, doing it right is not enough. You have to exert extra effort to improve your job performance. If your boss is happy with your work and attitude, he might just kick out your supervisor who’s doing nothing but watch porn and give you his position!
Here are some tips on how to improve your job performance and avoid getting that dreaded pink slip.
Know what’s expected of you. Read your job description and the company mission statement.
Get feedback from the people you work for and work with. Ask your supervisor and your colleagues about what you should do more of, what you should stop doing and what you should start doing that you are not doing now.
Love your job and everything it entails: extra hours, late meetings, etc. If you hate everything about your job and only keep it for the paycheck, it’s time to rehash those resumes and start sending them out.
Keep the idle chit-chat at the pantry to a minimum. It’s okay to have conversations with your co-workers but avoid gossiping and rumor mongering. Spend more time doing your taks than yapping away.
Always do everything to meet deadlines. They were set for a reason and delaying them because you woke up on the wrong side of the bed is unacceptable. Work extra hours to get the job done if you have to.
Eliminate distractions to complete an important task: close the door, turn off cellphones, logout from your instant messenger, etc. Also avoid being a snob! You don’t have to hang out with co-workers after hours, but try to mingle with them. You don’t want to be known as the anti-social freak.
Complete the task you like less first, then reward yourself with doing the easier tasks next.
Listen. You don’t know everything and there will be people who knows more than you do. Learn from them
Avoid office romance if you can. You were all stuck in that office for eight hours a day, five days a week, leading to romantic entanglements. However, getting romantically involved with a co-worker can lead to all sorts of controversies. So it’s best to look for love somewhere else.
There several reasons to arrive a bit ahead of schedule. First, it gives you time to collect your thoughts. Second, it gives you a chance to freshen up prior to the interview. This helps you look your best and will help with confidence, too.
Here’s an example of a person who arrived late. She arrived 10 minutes late for the interview, sat down in the chair and talked for 30 minutes straight telling us all about her background, which included problems with her boy friend, statements about bad companies she worked for (she alleged sexual misconduct), why she dropped out of school, and ended by saying if she got the job she would break up with her boy friend and get her own place to live. Ok…you probably can guess what I think about this.