It really should be a no brainier, “PUT AWAY YOUR I-PHONES (smart phones) AT WORK!”
It really is an epidemic. Every business owner I talk with, myself included, I-phones and employees texting and social networking is the number one complaint. It is like employees think they have found their dream job, getting paid to text and social network instead of concentrating on the work they are actually getting paid to do. And every employer I have spoken with, myself included, all tells stories of the employee’s who make that little jump when we come around the corner and attempt to pretend they have not been on their phones and have been working. Worst, employee’s actually seem to believe that they are fooling us when in reality they are fooling no one. I would suggest that at a lot of employers would just as soon prefer that these unproductive and uncaring employee’s simply went away instead of trying to make the employers seem like jerks by putting in place I-Phone/Smart Phone policies.
On the bright side for new employee’s entering the workforce, it is easy to advance because there really is no competition out there is the workplace. Here is my list of Do’s to get ahead in the workplace.
Put away your smart phones
Of course it is my number one rule. Don’t pretend, don’t be sneaky, just turn the stupid thing off for the few hours you are getting paid. Added bonus to those who leave them off on breaks too. Simply fact, as soon as you turn the stupid thing on, you get stupider and that is a contagious trait to have. Turn it off and leave it off until you leave and you will advance.
Get to work on time.
Better yet, get to work a little bit early so you are ready to “start” work on time. It is noticed. Most of today’s employee’s not using a time clock will show up “kind of” on time, take some extra minutes to get their coffee and get settled before starting work (after one more check of their I-phones). It’s aggravating to watch, so don’t do it. Get to work early and start working on time and you are definitely ahead of the rest.
Take an interest in your work.
Every employee thinks that they should be earning more and most at best put in their hours, collect their check and complain about how they could run a better company. Of course, they never look in the mirror to see the type of employee’s they have to deal with. Rare is the employee that actually takes an interest in their work, try to learn more about their work and what they are doing and maybe even become more efficient and knowledgeable about their work. Of course work is usually boring, but that’s probably because you do not even know why you are doing it. Taking an active interest and learning more about your job should not be part of th job requirement and should be something that you just do to make your work more enjoyable and fulfilling.
Here is a tip, if you do not want to take an active interest in your job, that is probably a good indicator you are doing the wrong type of work for yourself.
Don’t be a complainer and whiner/
Another no brainier that most ignore. Worst yet, the biggest complainers and whiners usually think they are the most positive people in the workplace. Best is to be quiet, be helpful and respect others (including other employee’s, management and your employer). It makes a huge difference to be the person that everyone wants to work with and usually those are the people that are actually doing work and avoid engaging in water cooler gossip.
Put in extra hours.
Yes, everyone had better places to go and better places to be and most people leave to go there as quickly as they can. The people who always standout are the ones who care enough to get the job done, even if it means putting in a few extra unpaid hours. I like to think of this as investing in yourself and the reality is that the people who have better places to go usually don’t. Plus, if you take an interest in your job, you will most likely enjoy the few extra hours you spend at work because you will be more productful without the distraction of others.
Starting at the bottom and moving up.
I will always remember when I first went out to work on a seismic crew with my brother (who was in charge of the survey crew at the time). He told me that I had to start at the bottom and work my way up, but also said that it was not hard to do because no one else wanted to really work doing the simple extra things at night that saved time during the day and made the crew increased the crews production. Lots of time, spending an extra hour at night could save 3 or more hours during the day so the net time off was more.
Lots of times in lots of situations, sometimes you just have to wiggle your foot in the door. Once in, do the simple things, the important things and you will increase your value tremendously and have a lot more fun doing the job you are getting paid for. And it definitely starts with putting away your I-Phone.