Monday, June 8, 2015

Useful Advice For Newbies At Work

In my working years, I learned a lot and I am still learning. Along the way, I  made mistakes. I learned from my mistakes and promised not to repeat the same mistake twice. I wish someone would have shared with  me or warned me earlier before I joined the work force.

As such, I came up with some useful advice for those newbies at work:

1) Know the Importance of 'Black and White'
Always request for formal email and keep a printed copy of important information. Try to avoid receiving and executing important instruction verbally. Even if the other party prefer not to provide you the 'black and white' always practice to send him/her an email, detailing the conversation.

2) No Gossips
Do not join in gossips in office. It won't bring you any advantage.

3) No Office Politics
Avoid office politics. Do not join any of the groups. Be neutral. Try to steer away if someone wish to drag you to join the office politics.

4) Know Well What is Categorized under 'Private & Confidential Information'
Some information such as salary package, commissions, bonus and increment are categorized under private and confidential. Do not show off your salary or bonus to your colleague as it might create conflicts between you and the colleague. These information is better kept to yourself only.

5) Mind Your Language
Use professional language in all of your dealings. If you think you are not up to the standard, learn to pick up from night classes, read books or learn online to enhance your language.

6) Learn to Write Proper and Professional Email
It is important to be able to put your words properly especially in corporate communications. Avoid harsh words. If you have doubts, search online for email etiquette.
7) Be Sensitive To Your Surroundings

There are situation where you can sense something even though no one talk about it. Take note of small gestures, facial expression, eye contacts and other body languages. Sometimes, it might be something good, and sometimes, it might be something negative. 

8) Respect Your Superior

I know many who complains about their superior. No matter what, you must respect your superior. He is there for a reason. 

9) Learn to Say No
Don't be a 'Yes Man'. Say No at the right time. Otherwise, others will take advantage of your kindness. Learn to draw the boundary as early as possible.

10) Never Trust Anyone 100%
Among all, this is the most important advice. Do not trust anyone 100%, leave some room for yourself. 

I hope my sharing above will benefits you.

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