We all want to get ahead at work but sometimes it can be hard knowing how to get the support of co-workers and look good in the boss’ eye. Pay attention to these office DOs and DON’Ts to get ahead and succeed at work:
DO: Dress appropriately. Even if you don’t have a dress code in your office and your co-workers show up in pajama bottoms make sure you look professional. It’s okay to wear jeans but make sure that they are clean and hole-free and dress them up with a nice top.
DON’T: Overdo make-up and perfume. Try to opt or neutral eye shades and natural looking lip color. The goal should be to enhance your features not look like you are heading out to a night club. The same goes for perfume. A lot of people are sensitive to strong fragrances so keep that in mind too.
DO: Greet your co-workers. Sure, you’re in a hurry but take a minute to say good morning when you pass someone in the hall or ask how there weekend was. It won’t take long but will leave them with good impressions of you.
DON’T: Keep your radio turned up. Yes, the new Katy Perry song is catchy but your co-workers (and boss) would probably prefer not to hear it. If you concentrate better with music pick-up some headphones for yourself.
DO: Give them credit. When someone does something that is great tell them. Just a simple, “Congratulations on the new system. I really like how it turned out,” is good.
DON’T: Forget special occasions. You don’t have to go big, but if it is someone’s birthday a pretty card and coffee or similar inexpensive gift is a great way to show your co-workers that you are paying attention.
DO: Interrupt the right way. If your co-worker is with a client and you hear them say something incorrect don’t go over and cut in telling them why they are wrong. Politely ask them if they have a minute and away from the client explain what is wrong.
DON’T: Be late. Even if it is just a few minutes once it becomes a habit people will notice. Getting to work a few minutes early will give you a chance to settle in, get organized for the day, and say hello to your co-workers.