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Corporate World Success
Working in the corporate world is exciting and offers many opportunities. However, it is important to be prepared for success and make the right choices to fit the expectations of your employer and co-workers.
Let's imagine you have just finished college and are ready to take your new job as an entry-level bookkeeper in the accounting department of a hospital. You are excited for your new job, and a bit nervous about fitting in. Because everyone else in the department has been with the hospital for several years or longer, you want to make sure you do everything right to ensure you are accepted and respected at work. Use these tips to be successful in the corporate world.
Proper Dress for Success
With the changing corporate climate, it can be confusing to know what attire is appropriate for your job. During the course of your interviews, or upon accepting the position, it is important to ask about the dress code. Find out if the office is more formal or casual, if there are days that you can dress informally, and what is expected in your appearance.
When you attended your interviews at the hospital, you noticed the employees wore business casual clothes, such as dress pants and nice blouses or button-up shirts. You do not notice any jeans, shorts, t-shirts, or any casual-type clothes. Likewise, others are not wearing formal business clothes, such as business suits and expensive outfits. You inquire at your second interview about the dress code and are told employees wear business casual clothes Monday through Thursday. On Friday, they allow employees to wear jeans and t-shirts.
The Importance of Being Punctual
Being responsible for your work hours is a vital part of being successful at work. When you start a new job, you will want to be on time, or early, every day. This may require additional planning and organization to get out the door in time to arrive at work early, but it will demonstrate professionalism and commitment on your part. Likewise, being late can negatively affect your employment, including the potential of being fired for tardiness. Ensure you are consistently on time.
The hospital says they have a flexible start time for employees. While some employees come in at 8:00 am, employees are allowed to start as late at 9:00 am. Because you want to make a good impression and show your commitment to your new job, you decide to arrive at work at 8:00 am every day. This will demonstrate that you are serious about your job and are dependable. Your boss acknowledges your promptness and thanks you for being a devoted employee.
Value of Being Responsible & Dependable
Companies want employees that are enthusiastic, dependable, and responsible. Each task that is assigned to an employee should be done thoroughly and on time. Additionally, managers take notice when an employee offers to handle additional projects or accepts more responsibility. This demonstrates that an employee is trustworthy and dedicated to the success of the company.
After being at your job for a couple of months, one of the employees leaves the department. The manager is scrambling to get all of the tasks completed until a new employee can be hired and trained. You've been able to organize your work schedule in a way that leaves some extra time every day that can be spent on other projects. You tell your boss that you can help with projects or additional work during the transitions. This shows your boss that you are a team player and are focused on the success of the team. It also demonstrates your dependability and responsibility for getting your work done, while helping get other projects completed.
The Need for Ethical Behavior
One of the biggest determinants for success in the corporate world is a person's ability to be honest and ethical in his dealings. This includes keeping confidential information private and being loyal to your team and company. You need to be honest in actions and dealings at work. Not only should employees not share information, they shouldn't gossip, steal, or waste company time.
The hospital has a very strict policy about being ethical at work. There is a section in the employee handbook that addresses various types of ethical behavior, including being honest in reporting work time, avoiding personal calls or internet searches during work time, not wasting time on personal social media sites, and being truthful with co-workers and customers. The guidelines help clarify any grey areas that may exist in what employees feel is appropriate or inappropriate at work.
Entering the corporate world can be an exciting and thrilling time. In order to be successful in the corporate world, there are many behaviors that will be beneficial. Some of these actions include dressing appropriately, being punctual, showing responsibility and dependability, and being ethical in your actions. By embracing these steps, you can start your business career on the right foot.
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