New job advice: be the first one in and the last one out (part 2 of 5)

We all know how painful the regiment of a job can be. I think of the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray. But, one of the best things you can do for yourself in order to get off to a great start at a new place of employment is to get into a routine. The sooner the better. Oftentimes, we start out jobs, projects, heck even exercising, with such ferocity but then dedication dwindles, and in a workplace we fade into the background. Don’t. Be consistent and remind yourself of your own mission – whatever it might be – and stay driven.

Be the first one in and the last one out. Upon starting a position internally here at Randstad, a now executive asked his new manager what time the earliest person got to work. Eight o’clock was the response. Seven thirty from that day on became the new eight o’clock. And, well, the rest is history – and as I mentioned, this salesman is now an executive.

If you put in the time, show your dedication, and make it known just how bad you want to be there, people will take notice – and they’ll like you for your willingness to play the rookie role.

I would, however, like to note that being the first one in and the last one out does not translate into being the one who’s always at work but who doesn’t actually do work. It doesn’t do anybody any good if you’re not being productive during the extra time that you put in at the office. When you’re at work. Work. Do not simply be there to be there. It’s the content of your workday, not the length of it that truly matters.

I know, I sound contradictory. All I’m saying is that quality over quantity will always take precedence, but putting in an elongated, productive workday will get you noticed.

By: BusinessandWorkplace / On: July 17, 2012 /

In: Business and Workplace


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