Five Secrets to Becoming the Perfect Employee That Everyone Wants - Part OneWritten by Ed Sykes
With ever increasing deadlines, decreasing resources, and changing workplaces, sometimes it can be challenging to be a good employee, much less a perfect employee. The employee who can rise above everyday problems and embrace challenges will be person that every employer wants.
The following are five secrets to being perfect employee everyone wants:
1. Respect. Respect others with whom you work everyday. What is respect? Respect comes in many different forms. The following are just a few examples: * Respect fellow employees as individuals with unique ideas and thoughts that may be different from yours. This diversity of ideas may seem a little different at first, but that is how we produce better solutions. “Group think” often gets you nowhere fast. Embrace diversity of thought so that you are open minded for better solutions. * Respect fellow employees by greeting them in morning. Many times I hear from employees who say that certain co- workers make it unpleasant in office because they seldom say “Good Morning” or “Hello,” don’t smile, and are just plain nasty to fellow co-workers. Take time to give a pleasant greeting to your co-workers even when you may be having a difficult time. You will be known as someone who is pleasant to work with, and guess what; more opportunities will come your way. Also, you can break out of a bad mood and become more productive at work if you are pleasant to others. * Respect work of others. Appreciate time and efforts of co-workers and let them know. You may not agree on final product, but you can respect time and effort put into project. * Respect others by practicing Golden Rule…well sort of. The Golden Rule states “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Well, there are many people, because of their poor self-esteem, who like to be “dumped on” emotionally and physically. If we follow Golden Rule, does that mean that these same people should “dump on” their fellow co-workers? Of course not! Treat your co- workers with utmost respect and appreciation they deserve. 2. Knowledge. Knowledge is key. The workplace is constantly changing. Even look of change is changing. Also, change is happening faster and faster. Just look around you in society, work, and technology. The only way to master change is to gain knowledge to be ahead of change.
Take time to learn not only about your present job, but also about your future job opportunities. This will make you a more valuable employee. Also, take time to learn about job that is one level above your present position. When this position becomes available, you will be in a better position to receive a promotion.
The Last-Minute InterviewWritten by Pierre G. Daunic, Ph.D., CCM
The phone rings. It’s Ajax Thingamabob Company. Could you come in for an interview for Regional Manager position tomorrow? Your breath catches in your throat—at last, an interview! Elated, you write down time and place of interview, who to ask for, say thanks, and hang up!
But, wait, it’s such short notice, and you haven’t been interviewed for ages. Too, you never did get around to practicing. How can you possibly prepare in time to perform well? You hesitate to call them back to reschedule—that might not look good. You feel anxiety building, even a little panic. What should you do?
Here are three easily remembered tips that will help a lot.
Relax. Remind yourself that you would not be interviewing at all if they didn’t like what they saw on your résumé. Review ad and response you sent them earlier (you did keep them, didn’t you?). Be reasonably sure that you understand what it is they are looking for in person they hire. But be prepared to ask questions during interview if position description seems vague. Your primary goal is to have a clear idea about what it is they need.
Tell them what they want to hear. Your purpose in interview is to expose and provide personalized solutions to their specific and stated (or implied) needs. Listen carefully, but remember that you have right and responsibility to ask questions of your own during interview. Your questions can often be derived directly from questions that they ask you. For example, if you are asked about your abilities in inventory management, you might logically ask them to tell you more specifically about what their current problems are in that area. Once you know nature of their concerns, then you are in a much better position to help them answer those problems … and that is what they want to hear!