In this economy, it’s hard enough to get a job. So, once you have one, it’s best to hold onto the job as well as you can, at least until something better comes along. The tips below can help you to keep any job, whether it is in retail, the service industry, in an office, or anywhere else!
Don’t Be Late
Being late at any job can count as a strike against you. For this reason, it’s best to be as timely as possible. Make sure to set your alarm early enough that you have time to get ready for the day. If you act a bit slow in the mornings, try to do as many of your work preparation tasks (showering, making lunch, etc.) before you go to bed.
If you know you are going to be late because of whatever reason, then it’s best to let your boss know. Simply calling in and saying that you’re running a few minutes late can make a big difference. Doing this shows that you are willing to take accountability for your actions. This may also make your boss more forgiving.
No matter where you work, it’s likely you’ll have to work with other people sometimes. If not, then it’s still likely you’ll need to talk to customers. In either case, it’s important to be kind and polite as well as you can. Even if you are in a bad mood or a customer is being rude to you, it’s in your best interest not to sink down and complain, argue, or yell.
Always avoid any type of sexual harassment or discriminatory language as well. There is no excuse for using that type of language. Anyone who does is likely to be fired (if you are fired and have not done anything unkind or destructive, it may be wise to seek the counsel of a wrongful dismissal lawyer). If a coworker uses this kind of language with you, then it’s best to report it as soon as possible.
Limit Screen Time
It’s usually fine to use your phone on your break, but keep it in your pocket while you’re working. Texting or using the Internet is a big distraction that bosses hate to see. Also, when you’re outside of work, avoid complaining about your job, coworkers, or boss on social media, as this could end up getting you in trouble.
Keep these tips in mind, follow the rules, and don’t cause drama and your job will likely remain safe. Work hard, and you may even get a raise or promotion! Good luck.