Now I don’t claim to be an expert of this. Nor I can say that I have always nailed it, but my decade years of experience has taught me many things that I wish to share. I wish if I could go back and give my younger self those advices.
So here it goes Friends. Hope this helps 🙂
Try to avoid speaking about your personal life with your colleague. –
Though this is for newcomers in any company it may hold true for old employees too. People who are listening may not be your friend. You would never know how these small information’s are misused in future. Also try to keep a good balance between your professional and personal life. This balance will help you enjoy best of both worlds.
It’s true (and has been for me) some of the greatest friends are found in work place mostly who share your same thought process but choose them wisely. Take your time to know them. See whether they can become your trusted comrades then move forward. To each its own J
Please Note: Your colleagues are not your marriage counselors. They are themselves screwing up their marriages harder than you.
Do not talk about politics –
This I have learned the hard way and now practice it more often. Whom you choose to vote and why, should be your individual choice. I have noticed most discussion becomes too heated and leaves bitterness instead of being stress free during break. It seems to become more stressful.
Please Note: It’s the Politian’s job to convince about vote not yours.
Always be Punctual-
This I always tell everybody. Mostly to old employees. Who somehow stop being so? In some industry like (IT) it may not happen always but then keep your manager and leads in loop and have good reasons.
Please Note: The below reasons are outdated, and everybody know it’s not true.
This is the most favorite of all there was traffic jams. Somehow there is always traffic like the world is conspiring against you to become late.
Not feeing well. Food poisoning etc. on a Monday. Of course, you guys are sick right? I mean it has nothing to do with Monday blue.
Some of your guys are so amazing that most of your relatives seems to expire on a Monday, Friday or day after holiday and the amount of hard work you guys put, to explain how close you guys are. I may end up writing a Bollywood movie script on that love.
This is true for everybody. The Juniors, Seniors and everybody in hierarchy. Whoever you are, be respectful. Put your point ahead with respect. You should also be gender neutral. Your point should not be for a specific gender.
Please Note: Whichever side/team you belong to if you choose to give respect. You will definitely get too.
Don’t write or reply emails when you are angry –
This is where I have seen great people go down so badly, they never get up. Never do anything when emotions run high. They always end up wrong. You will definitely write something that you will regret later.
Do not write email when angry calm down first and then put your points ahead.
Even If you end up writing emails where you vent out things. Do not send them please. Go, talk a walk. Come back when your emotions are clamed. I assure you; you will end up deleting many lines from the emails.
Always ask for work-
If you have some down time. Always ask for work. It’s not okay to slack. Managers always know and many times they are waiting for you to approach to check your sincerity.
Follow Office Laid down process –
I know for many following processes are very gruesome. Many have complained that they don’t understand some of the process that’s laid down. They have always complained that when something can be achieved faster using “A” then why use “B”
Guys – Process is a must and be followed for they are made with discussion and debates.
Processes are not made for an individual person, but they are made for group, team, projects and hence looking from that perspective helps.
Avoid Office Politics-
Please avoid office politics and bullying in offices. There will be some “Drama Queens” (irrespective of Gender) who do this gossiping. I am not saying keep away from them. But keep away from their politics. This is my strong belief that People who indulge into politics, are people who are not talented enough. They know they cannot grow. Hence use these downgraded tactics to move above the ladder. You are guys are better. You guys are smatter. Believe in yourself, believe in your skills, Believe in your talents. You will find your own success. There is enough for everybody.
All the best Friends. Hope this helps 🙂
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