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Tips To Be Professional at Work

















Communicate clearly and concisely.  Deliver the facts in as few words as necessary to get the message across.

Be organized.  Know what you’ve got and where it is located. That way, you won’t lose valuable time because something fell through the cracks.

Pitch in – even when a task is not in your job description but needs to get done because it’s crunch time for your team. If a supervisor asks, just pitch in and get it done.  It’s all about team work and you never know when you are going to need the help! 

Exercise self-discipline.  Be sure you are up to your professional best during working hours, and leave your personal life outside of the office whenever possible.

Master several skills that make you the go-to-person on your team for these skills.
Don’t be afraid to learn new skills.  

Share your knowledge with peers if they express interest.  
Be reliable and dependable. Come to work on time, arrive on time and prepared for meetings, and deliver quality work product by deadline.

Maintain a positive attitude and inspire those around you. 
Take ownership. If you screw up, admit it and fix it if you can. If you can’t, find someone who can.
Be proactive. If you see a need, fill it. If you see a challenge or opportunity coming down the pike, address it.

Be diligent. As stated in item #5, above, deliver the best work product you can on deadline. The quality of your work speaks volumes about you.  

Exude dedication: to quality; to use of resources in the smartest way possible; to professional growth and development; and most of all, to your company.

Put the mission first. Always. It’s not about you or your ego; you are there to work toward completing the mission, whether it is the mission for this particular job or the company’s overall mission.

Understand important data that defines success in your role. Whether it’s Return on Investment, or Earnings per Share or Turnover Rate or another data point.
Be an efficiency tightwad. Identify ways to save the company money, time and other resources. Then share them with your supervisor.


Don’t whine about problems. Identify opportunities and challenges, and offer solutions, too!
Don’t be afraid to advocate an alternative position. Just be sure you can back it up with a reasoned argument, while keeping your ego in check. 
Dedicate yourself to transparency and have nothing to hide.

















How to Get Along With Your Coworkers


ways to improve your workplace relationships



 Follow these tips to learn how to get along with your coworkers.




Don't Spread Malicious Gossip

Office Gossip

Spreading gossip at work will get you into trouble whether the information you share is accurate or a rumor. Although it may be tempting to share juicy details, resist the urge to talk about your coworkers. Doing so will result in your appearing to be untrustworthy and leave everyone worried they could be your next subject.




Be Kind to Your Coworkers

smiling coworkers

You should be helpful to your coworkers all the time, but also perform random acts of kindness that catch them off guard. For example, bring a colleague coffee and a cookie on a dreary afternoon or offer to stay late to help him or her complete a big project with a looming deadline.


Respect Your Colleagues

Mixed business team working with laptop in office

You don't have to be friends with all your colleagues, but you must demonstrate respect for one another. The primary way to do this is to avoid doing offensive things. For example, clean up after yourself, don't take anyone else's food from the refrigerator, call out sick when necessary to keep from spreading your illness, and don't steal credit for someone else's work. If a coworker tells you that a particular behavior annoys him or her, try your best to avoid it unless the request is unreasonable.




Don't Bring Up Cringe-Worthy Topics

Sometimes colleagues become friends, at least while at work. It's great if you are entirely at ease with them, but be wary of feeling so comfortable that you don't think any subjects should be off limits. Some topics can cause awkwardness, and therefore you should avoid them.



Some controversial subject matters, for example, politics and religion, could even incite arguments that might lead to discord in the workplace. Others, like your sex life, may cause embarrassment. Wait until you're with your friends and family to discuss them.


Get Your Workplace Relationships Off to a Good Start

Teamwork

Starting a new job is stressful. In addition to worrying about impressing your boss, you will also be concerned about establishing rapport with your coworkers. Will you get along with them as well as you did with your former colleagues, or better if your relationships weren't as good as they could be?


Building strong bonds takes time, but it begins on your very first day at a new job. Get things off to a good start by being friendly to everyone you meet. If you find it difficult to make small talk, remember that a warm smile goes a long way. Ask questions and graciously accept help and advice when others offer it. If you get invited to join others for lunch, go.
Find A Way to Get Along With Everyone, Even the Most Difficult People



Annoying Coworker

The saying "you can choose your friends, but you can't choose your family" should be expanded to include coworkers. You can't choose them either. A few—hopefully not too many—may be difficult (just like some of your relatives).


Regardless of how annoying they may be, find a way to get along with everyone, whether it's a chatterbox, a  gossip, a delegator, a complainer, or a credit grabber. It will make your life much more pleasant.



Practice Good Office Etiquette

meeting

Good manners are needed on the job as much as they are anywhere. Remember this whenever you are around your coworkers and always be polite to them.


When making phone calls, either personal ones on your cell phone or job-related calls in your cubicle, don't distract anyone who is trying to work. Keep your voice down and have personal conversations in private.


Also, use proper etiquette when emailing your colleagues. Always say "please" when making a request and don't drive your coworkers crazy by hitting "reply all" to a group email when only the sender needs to see your response.


Be mindful of proper table manners when eating lunch with your coworkers. For example, don't tend to matters of personal hygiene at the table (put the dental floss away), keep your cell phone in your purse or pocket, and don't be rude to waitstaff. 



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