Right now I am working my way through college and I have had my share of jobs in retail and food services. One of the things that shock me the most is the work ethic of many of my fellow co-workers. I don’t mean to bad mouth everyone that works in retail or every teenager who works as a supermarket cashier, but some people are just astounding.
I once worked with a woman who came into work late almost every day by at least half an hour, spent the first 20 minutes talking to coworkers, and took more 20 minute breaks in one 5 hour shift than I take in a month. Every time she finished a task, she would stop and talk or go buy something to eat and not do anything for half an hour.
This is not the way you should work. Every job should be taken seriously. It may seem like you’re getting away with it, but laziness will never get you anywhere.
At this same job, I worked very hard. I was always on time, only took the breaks I was allowed, and worked fast and efficiently. After just a few months I was evaluated as excellent and was up for a raise. My co-worker got no such praise or raise.
I also used to work at a supermarket and I did my best. Along with the basics of punctuality and dressing appropriately, I always went the extra mile. If I couldn’t finish everything, I would leave a note of explanation. When I saw something that needed to be done that I wasn’t told to do, I did it. I did the best job I could with cleaning as well. I didn’t get a raise, but when I was ready to leave for a better job opportunity, my boss begged me to stay. She asked if I could even just stay at least one night a week because I did such a good job, especially cleaning. Not only does this feel good, but it gives me a great reference for better jobs in the future.
By now, I’m sure you see what I’m getting out. Work hard. As grueling as it seems at first, it will pay off in the end. Don’t miss any opportunity to prove yourself a good worker and earn a good reputation.
Here are some tips to keep in mind when you want to show you’re a good worker:
1. Always do what your told -When your boss tells you to do something, even if you hate it, just do it. They like employees who will do what they’re told.
2. Keep busy -If you’ve run out of things to do, ask for more work or find something to do. You should be able to work on your own. Employers like to know they don’t have to keep after you to get things done.
3. Go above and beyond -One of the best ways to show off your skills is by taking initiative. When you see something needs to be cleaned, clean it. This is tied in with not having to keep after you and being able to count on you.
4. Take only the breaks you are assigned -This goes without saying.
5. Work fast and efficiently -Keep a good speed and get a lot done, but don’t rush. In the end, it will take you longer if you have to keep redoing it.
6. Finally, keep a good attitude -No one likes to work with grumpy complainers, including your boss.