CAREER DEVELOPMENT / NOV. 01, 2014
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How (NOT) to Lose Your Job in 10 Days!

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Whether or not you learnt some tricks from Kate Hudson’s character ‘Andie’ in the hilarious movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, the concept is rather useful! We have turned the strategy on its head however and compiled a list of how NOT to lose your JOB in 10 days! If you want to know what will make your boss as happy as the little guy in the picture, saying “It’s all good!” keep on reading. This article will give you some tips as to how you can be more productive at work.

Check out these 6 simple tips:

#1 Be punctual and organised 

 

Although this is quite obvious, it is important to always be on time and make sure you organise your time well, whether you are coming to work, returning from your break, going to meetings or completing a given deadline. Your boss will give you the thumbs up for managing to use your time effectively and completing your workload on time. Some apps that can help you set priorities and keep track of time are Toggl, EternityMy Minutes and ATracker

#2 Be colleague-friendly  

 

Always listen to what your colleagues have to say and get to know their names. They might have been working at the company longer that you have, so they know more than you do in regards to what it takes to be a success while working there. Take into account any advice given from your colleagues and accept the challenge of learning something new every day. Also, make sure that you are a good team player – you wouldn’t want to lose the game because you are not making a team effort!

#3 Manage job expectations

 

Talking with your supervisor on a regular basis will help you make sure that you both are on the same page and that you are delivering what it is expected from you. This could help you get along with your boss and have a clearer idea of what you are supposed to be doing. Managing expectations can also help you manage your own professional development and goals. Set deadlines and keep to them so that you get things done easier and quicker!

#4 Help your colleagues 

Make sure that you value everyone else’s efforts and that you are willing to do your best in order to be helpful towards your colleagues. If you want your colleagues to like you, do offer your help whenever possible and take initiatives regularly. Avoid saying “that’s not my job” or “I am not supposed to do that” when other people are asking for your help. If you help your colleagues it is guaranteed that they will return the favour!

#5 Avoid the temptation 

Unless your job is associated with it, don’t surf the web and social sites while at work. This shows that you are not as professional as you should be and that you don’t really care about your job. Try to avoid the temptation as it can distract you from doing your work. Just let your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest friends know that are going to have to wait for you for a bit longer.

#6 Keep networking

Network, network and network... Even after you have managed to get a job, continue networking and getting to know people from your company and within the industry in general. Expand your circle because you know what they say, “It is not what you know but who you know that counts”. Let everybody see your vibrant personality and become loved by everyone in the company!

By following these tips, you will prove to your boss that you are committed to your do your best. Perhaps after the 10 days you can raise your game and compete with yourself to become the employee of the month!

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