Advice to survive the workplace and your job

5 tips to survive the workplace and save your job

The following advice is for those who are new to the workplace, however seasoned professionals would benefit from the refresher.

1. You can bring your job home, but leave the stress at the workplace.

If you truly want to be successful, you will need to produce far more value at your job than you are compensated for. And to do this, you need to put in extra time beyond your normal working day.

However, things can take a turn for the worst when we feel like we’re drowning from the sheer pressures of your job. This is why it’s important to learn how to disconnect yourself from the stress of the office, especially if you choose to bring your job home with you. For example, you can use the time at home to focus on the aspects of your job which you enjoy the most.

2. Stay away from water cooler gossip.

Office gossip is most prevalent at the bottom of the ladder for a good reason, so avoid the banter at all costs. While it may feel like a genuine bonding experience between you and your peers, it won’t do your reputation at your job any good in the long run. In addition, your superiors will not be impressed with your indiscretions about matters which are not your own.

Insecurities are loud, and confidence is silent. Gossiping will say more about your own character than it does about the person being gossiped about.

3. Dress appropriately for the job, and dress well.

Your outward appearance is a physical manifestation of your respect for yourself. When you put in earnest effort towards your appearance, you are demonstrating respect for yourself, and will in-turn get respect from others. Dress like your job depends on it.

That being said, it’s also important to dress appropriately. This means that if the dress code is smart casual, then coming in wearing in full business formal will be overdoing it. Stay stylish, but keep your attire suitable for your workplace’s culture.

4. Be especially kind to the receptionist.

Receptionists are sometimes one of the most undervalued employees in the company, but they have much more influence than one would expect. For example, they will know many of the clients, customers and business partners on a first-name basis. Their job is also quite demanding, with them being pulled in all directions by different departments. This also rings true for other support staff, such as Administrative and Executive Assistants.

Buy her (or him) a coffee, give them a smile and ask them how their day went. They’ll be more inclined to help you out when you need that special favor, plus it’s just the right thing to do.

5. Don’t burn bridges.

Your career is a culmination of the lessons, experiences, and the people you have encountered thus far. So despite any negative feelings that you may have for your colleagues, keep your true feelings at bay. You never know when you may need to cross that bridge, whether it be in the form of a reference or a referral down the road.

Always conduct yourself with integrity, even if it is at the cost of your own pride. Chances are that this same trait will be a contributing factor to a job promotion in the future.


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