Whether you just started venturing into the working world or have been in it for a long time, there are several rules that we should remember and hopefully discipline ourselves to obey these on a daily basis. I myself have only been working for less than a year and I still have countless of things to learn in my professional journey. However in the past 8 months, I have picked up some lessons that I find to be significant for not just myself, but for my team as well.
#1 Start work earlier than scheduled
We tend to hear people say “be punctual” or “be on time” to avoid others waiting for us. This is before remote working happens worldwide. Nevertheless even when we are working from home, it does not give us the license to be late for work unless the company has flexible working hours.
Starting work early is not about showing off how good of an employee we are. Instead, it gives us more time to plan the day ahead and organise our tasks. This helps us to keep the stress away especially when we are overwhelmed with an amount of workload.
#2 Be selfless of your colleagues’ time
Relating to the first rule, it is important to respect others’ time in the office. You should already get the gist of your team’s working hours, so avoid giving more work when the day is almost ending – unless there is an important deadline to catch up on.
Besides, most companies now have flexible working hours giving employees to start and end work almost whenever they want. Note that just because you are someone who likes to start late, it does not necessarily mean your colleagues are doing the same. Their working hours might end earlier than yours. To play safe, avoid contacting them after regular working hours.
#3 Speak up when something is wrong
One mistake that we always do is we always feel like we are in no position to speak up. In the end, we remain silent about any wrongdoing that happens in our workplace. Whether it happens to you or to your colleagues, overall it does affect the whole team. Nowadays, problems such as harassment, bullying and discrimination have unfortunately become common at the office.
Having said that, team leaders should encourage their employees to voice out any workplace concerns to establish a more open culture. Katherine Bradshaw, the head of communications at the Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) believes that effective speak up arrangements reassure staff that what they are feeling is valid.
In her own words, “It makes for a happier workforce if staff believe and can see that mutual trust exists.”
#4 Asking questions or for help is not a weakness
Lastly, there is always room for improvement no matter where we go. Not only that, we can be in a senior position and still be asking questions or help eventually. This action is not a weakness, rather, it makes us stronger and contributes to our growth to deal with difficult times.
If we are the person who people seek help for, acknowledging their struggles is vital and assist them in the best way we can. The act of belittling other people physically or verbally will only discourage them to ask for help in the future and it might decrease their performance as well as the team’s as a whole.