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While getting a new job is an exciting and awesome accomplishment, the long term goal is not to get a job, but to keep it (which is why it’s so important to attend our monthly cohort meetings, to help you learn new soft skills that employers are so desperately looking for). This blog is about various self-destructive behaviors that can prevent you from keeping the job you worked so hard to get!

First, it’s super important to be on time to work, and to return on time from your breaks. If you know you are going to be late to work, or that you are not going to work at all that day, you need to contact your employer ASAP. Otherwise, you could be fired for being a “no call no show”. Make sure you understand your company’s policy for calling in sick or taking a day off. You want to follow proper procedures; if you have requested days off you want to make sure they have been approved and are posted on the schedule/calendar. If you are not sure, check with your supervisor.

If you are a complainer or a negative-nelly, you need to take a step back and reevaluate how you present yourself. Constant complaining and negativity will suck the morale right out of your workplace. Complaining about company policies, procedures, your work, your coworkers, or your manager, does not make you look good, and it doesn’t make people want to work with you. Nobody wants to work with someone who whines, gossips, or criticizes everything. This also includes eye-rolling, sighing, etc. If you have a complaint, take it directly to your manager, and discuss it in a constructive way. Remember, if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all!

Good communication is key to succeeding in the workplace! Whether you’re communicating via a presentation, email, on the phone, or in person, you should be clear, concise, and friendly. Your tone should not be negative or aggressive, and you should practice good grammar and manners. Say “please”, “thank you”, “excuse me”- basically, don’t be rude. In regards to email communication, make sure your tone will not be perceived as rude or abrupt- start your email with a greeting (“good morning”, “hello”, “hi all”, etc.), use complete sentences, and end with a concluding statement (“thank you”, “have a great day”, “talk to you soon”, etc.). Also, take a moment before you respond if you are upset or mad…once you say something it is hard to take it back, especially if it’s in writing.

Don’t procrastinate- start your work as soon as youa cn, and finish it when/before you’re supposed to. Your procrastination can negatively impact others who work with you, especially your manager. Along with not procrastinating, make sure you pay attention to detail/your work, as to avoid unwarranted mistakes. Also, don’t lie. Don’t lie on your time sheet, don’t lie about work you did or did not do, don’t lie to cover for your coworker- lying will come back to bite you in the butt!

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