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How To Be The Perfect Employee  

How you present yourself and interact with those around you speaks a lot about who you are as a person and could have a direct impact on the progression of your career. 

Before we go any further, let me state unequivocally that there is no such thing as a “perfect employee.” This article was written primarily to help you become a better employee in order to please your bosses and colleagues.  

In this discourse, we will be dishing out the proper etiquette of working in a corporate organization. Here are some of them. 

  • Show up on time. 

Show up on time for work and meetings. Make an effort to arrive at the office on time.  

Respond promptly to meetings because it is the right thing to do and so you can get a seat in the conference room and not miss out on any important information, even if the meeting is held online. 

  • Establish and maintain your optimism and passion.  

Find satisfaction in what you do. Pay close attention to your work and the cause of your organisation. Always hope for the best; that could inspire your colleagues to be more excited and passionate about their work. 

These upbeat behaviors can spread positivity and influence your coworkers to learn and develop and showcase their best qualities. 

  • Stay open to collaborations. 

Collaborations can sometimes be required in the office to complete tasks. It is important that you learn how to collaborate effectively with others. When working on group projects, cooperate and put in an effort. Do not abandon or pick a fight with your coworkers. 

When there are any disagreements, pay attention to complaints and make sure you understand them before responding.  

  • Act professional and adhere to company policies. 

While bonding with your colleagues on various levels, keep your professionalism intact. Maintain appropriate conversations, adhere to deadlines, respond on time to emails, and work diligently. 

While you connect with your colleagues on another level, make sure not to lose every sense of professionalism. Keep conversations appropriate and make sure you read through the company’s handbook to get a sense of the existing workplace culture and to get rooted in the organization’s common goal. 

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  • Improve your skills and offer value to your workplace. 

Learning and development are ongoing processes. Discover more about your profession and arm yourself with relevant skills, resources, and programmes to help you improve your job. 

Put in the effort to educate yourself and add more value to your workplace. Share your thoughts and propose ideas within your organisation. Be proactive and perform effectively to demonstrate your creative abilities. 

  • Pay attention and be open to feedback. 

Listen carefully when your superiors and co-workers provide you with information and feedback. Understand that it is okay to make mistakes and refrain from being defensive when corrected. Accepting and acting on feedback can be highly beneficial to the growth of your team and yourself. 

Make sure you pay close attention to your work in order to prevent making the same mistakes repeatedly. 

  • Motivate yourself and do your job. 

Of course, your supervisor would be pleased if you did your job well. There will be days when your morale drops due to personal issues or events at work – you are, after all, human – but do not let it interfere with your work. 

Make sure to find ways to boost your morale and keep going. When you are passionate about your work, you would be committed to being productive no matter what. 

  • Proffer solutions and be innovative. 

Use your skillset to contribute to the growth of the organisation and offer ideas and solutions to your boss and co-workers. You can also chip in solutions whenever problems arise and not just focus on the challenges.  

Focusing on the good and finding ways to overcome challenges, you can facilitate a more positive work culture. This is also good for motivation. 

  • Dress appropriately for the job. 

Every workplace is different and while some companies have a dress code, some of them do not especially in this new era. Check in with your HR to find out if there are any policies placed concerning dressing and make sure to follow it if there are any.  

If there are none, then just wear the right clothes. 

All you need to do is make sure you get your job done well and on time. Do not get lost trying to impress your boss that you forget to take care of your physical and mental health. It is important if you want to keep going.  

Harness your potentials and add value to everyone around you while keeping the company’s common goal in mind and working towards it. Like aforementioned, there is no such thing as the perfect employee, but you can be an amazing one! 

Silas Ugochi

Silas Ugochi is a Staff Writer and Content Creator at GetFundedAfrica. Ugochi is an educated content writer who relishes using her skills to help GetFundedAfrica's Media Team achieve the goal of sharing the success stories of African entrepreneurs. When she isn't writing articles, she can be found listening to music, reading, or DJing.

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