Getting On At Work: Be On Your Best Behaviour!Posted: 6th of May 2015 by
Whether you are starting a job, progressing your career, or training on an apprenticeship, it can seem tricky to negotiate the world of work – especially if you are young. It may be the first time you have had to work alongside people of a different age and with different backgrounds to your own. You may feel that you don’t have much in common with them, and you may wonder how you should go about interacting with them and making the most of your new working life. However, the best advice is just the same as that your parents may have given you when you were small – simply be on your best behaviour at all times!
This is not to suggest that you should try to be someone you are not. Everyone can spot a fake, and if you come across as trying to be someone you are not, your new work colleagues will surely spot it and begin to question how trustworthy you are. This is definitely NOT what you want to do, if your boss thinks you are suspect, your chances of getting promoted will quickly diminish.
The first thing to remember is that you are at work to do a job. Sure, it is nice if you can enjoy what you do and build a friendly relationship with your colleagues, but work comes first. It’s why you are there, and why you are being paid. There will be gossip, there will be those employees who seem to tow the line and don’t get much done, and there will be those who moan and complain about the work, their boss, or whatever else they can think of! Leave the griping to them, and focus on doing your job – to the best of your ability.
With this taken for granted, you can now get on with dealing with the people around you. It may sound childish or clichéd, but try to stay polite and friendly. Say ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ and don’t swear. Try to act as if you are on your best behaviour and trying to impress your boss at all times. As already stated, you are there to work, leave the gossip outside work. Sure, tell a joke (if appropriate) and be yourself, but be the version of you that would meet someone you admire, or the version of you that would fit in in polite society.
How you carry yourself around the workplace is equally important, try to stay friendly and bright, while remaining diligent and efficient in your work. Even if you are feeling stressed you should try to remain positive. Of course, at the same time don’t let yourself become a push-over, and be sure to tell your boss if you feel there is something you need help with or don’t understand.
It may seem old-fashioned, but politeness and being friendly never go out of style, and will certainly get you further than cursing and complaining about your work. So, start today, and reframe your work life so that you are always at your best…
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