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5 Ways to be a Better Employee

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Be Punctual

Perhaps this first point is elementary for most people, but arriving on time is essential, whether it be for an interview or for your 9-5. It shows that you are present, not just physically, but mentally as well.

It also shows that you are a dependable employee and that you respect other people, their time & more specifically, not wasting it.

Be Presentable

Depending on your field, your office might have a certain set of regulations if they don’t have a precise dress code. Make it a point to follow the guidelines. No spaghetti straps, sandals, or torn jeans? No problem. Save them for weekends and leisure time.

You’ll want to make sure that your clothes are clean and, if they need pressing, are pressed. If you don’t and show up to work rumpled, it gives the impression that you are not ready to get to work, or that you don’t care about your appearance.

Personal grooming is something that we all need to do on a daily basis, so make sure you don’t skip it. You don’t need to look like you’re rolling up to the red carpet; you just need to maintain a certain consistent level of dress and cleanliness. This simple tip will help you to appear as an approachable person that is ready to tackle their day.

Be Prepared

Make sure that you’re clear on your tasks so that you can complete them properly and within the timeline provided. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; it shows that you are devoting yourself to do the best you possibly can.

If you are missing any crucial information, seek out those that can provide it so that you can proceed with your tasks with confidence.

Be Productive

Learn to manage your time properly. It’s not easy. Tasks keep piling up in your inbox, and everyone seems to have something that they want you do have done yesterday. The best way to do this is to step back and make a plan where you organize your priorities and goals. 

This article might help you by providing you with some tips on how to break down your larger projects into smaller, more manageable sections: How To Tackle Your Next Big Project.

Be Proactive

We are quick to alert management when a problem or issue arises. But are we quick to come up with a solution? What your manager wants from you is to make his or her job easier.

If you’re constantly approaching your manager with problems and no forethought as to how to resolve the issue, you’re making their job harder. If you knock on their door with a problem and a solution, they will (hopefully) realize that you’re putting your critical thinking abilities to good use, and they might think less about the problem and more about your skills and resourcefulness. Furthermore, they will be more willing to help should they have any specific expertise on the matter.