Is this your first step into the Corporate World? Are you joining a company in a couple of weeks or days or maybe in it already. Well, to the crazy life of a professional where you will meet the most formal individuals. Welcome to the corporate world. Yes, you will be lost in the crowd. Yes, there will be people rushing in all directions. Yes, you will be clueless and would not know which way to go. But, nothing could or should stop you. You will blend in just well and leave a mark at your place if you practice these few tips we have put down for you.
Yes, as cliche as it sounds, it is true that you are the only person who can push or pull yourself. It is so important to get up in the morning and tell yourself that you will nail this day. That you got this! You need to be mentally prepared for the tight schedule and busy life. To be prepared to face the new challenges into your new world, knowing that it will not be all roses and petals. So, put yourself together because you would need to figure out how you will tackle all the challenges your face in the workplace. Stay calm and stay positive.
Do not take things lightly, remember that you are at that position for a purpose. When you're working with dedication it reflects the same in your character and your work. Plus, people around you will easily figure out if you are dedicated or slouchy. It's all on you how you want to give an impression.
ADAPT TO THE WORK CULTURE
The corporate world is strictly formal with a tight schedule. You chose this field for a reason, now blend into. Wear proper clothes. If there's a certain dress code to follow, change your wardrobe accordingly. Meet your timings according to the timings of your office. If you are given a time limit to submit a report or project, finish it on the given time. If you need more time, have a word to your boss. Do not run away from him.
AVOID GOSSIPS AT ALL COSTS
Do you know what spreads faster than fire? Gossips! Do not at any costs indulge in any gossips. You will always find some people who will serve you hot gossips. No need to tell them that you are not interested in someone's affair or what other people are gossiping about you either. If you find yourself in such a situation excuse yourself out of it, change the topic immediately and start talking about Captain America or whatever you are interested in and never in the world gossip about your colleagues. Those words will reach the person's ears as fast as a bullet.
UNDERSTAND WHAT YOU IS EXPECTED OF YOU
Talk to your boss and ask him clearly what he expects to put your hands on. Where you can work freely or if there are restrictions in certain fields that you need to know. There should be ambiguity between you and your employer so you can work to your full potential effectively and efficiently.
BUILDING A RELATIONSHIP WITHIN A BOUNDRY
There is nothing wrong making friends at your workplace. There is nothing wrong to have a little fun with your co-workers in your office. You should have a line. A line that you dare not cross and be carried away by emotions. Remember you are there for a purpose and your mission is your work and not relationships. Do your part in your working hours, staying away from unnecessary chit chatting but have tea with your colleagues in your breaks. Do not go around telling people about your personal life.
YOU CAN SAY NO
Yes, you can say no. If someone gives you a job that is their's say no. If someone asks you to get something for them while you are working, say no. If your senior or your boss is asking or making you do something that makes you super uncomfortable, show them a red flag, say no! Say no in the most humble way that you can.
There would be cases where someone would genuinely want your help, help them but make sure that your work is not hindered.
We all know that we can learn irrespective of where we are. I am sure you can learn a ton of things, especially if you are new to that space. Learn about your company, learn about skills that you do not have yet, learn how to upgrade your existing skills. Accept the fact that you do not know everything even if you specialize in the field. We all know that one learns constantly throughout his life and success are for those who are willing to learn.
Initiate with questions in a group meeting. Initiate your ideas. Initiate for the projects that the company wants to start. Let them know that you are focused and dedicatedly working for the company's benefit. At a meeting do not start making notes, instead, listen closely and ask questions whenever you have an opportunity. Brainstorm them with your ideas, even if they might be rejected. Put your brain out for ongoing projects and research about them, get a better knowledge of the project and then add your creativity to it. Put up reports or proposals that are achievable for the company too. This will help you stand out of the crowd.
BE OPTIMISTIC TO YOUR CRITICISMS
Criticisms are a harsh reality. It does not feel great to be pointed out or be scolded. But such words should not be taken personally and should not become a permanent tag that you cannot erase. Take those scenarios positively, take charge of your mistakes, apologize and rectify them. Do not let your ego hinder you from building stronger. Criticism can build you, especially coming from your boss.
This is something that would help you throughout your life. Listening! Listen carefully during important meetings or casual chit chats in the canteen. Whether it is related to your subject or just someone's experience in the office. Do not interrupt when someone is speaking, do not cut their words off. If you feel like asking something, let the other person pause. It is important that you value your views, but listening to someone else's point is equally important.
This is part of your constructive criticism. It is natural that people around you have knowledge and experiences that you do not possess yet. The easiest way to take feedback is to tell them about your work and ask them if you are doing it fine or is there any space to squeeze some improvement.
DEFINE YOUR CAREER PATH
Make short term and long term goals for progress. Stagnant water sows the seeds of algae. You must work vigorously to build yourself better. Similarly, in the corporate world look forward to improvement. Does it mean getting a higher position, does it mean initiating a project that means a lot to you, or maybe just a baby step like taking up a Tally course. Aim towards whats the next big thing you want to do and dart towards it with little steps.
SELF CHECK AND SEE IF WHAT YOU ARE DOING MAKES SENSE, IF NOT ASK HELP.
WORD OF CAUTION FOR FEMALE EMPLOYEES
Put your intuition to work. Look out if there's anyone trying to get your personal information, trying to get to close or touchy, or unexpectedly around you a lot of time. There's a thin line between being paranoid and recognizing a true stalker, so you need to be careful with your actions.
KEEP AWAY FROM PRIVATE AFFAIRS
There is a purpose for you in the corporate career life and affairs are definitely not one of them. It might be entertaining for a while but give crucial damages to your career goals. Do not build an environment that you would regret to work in later. Do not go somewhere with people you do not know well.
Stand for your respect, even if you are alone. Do not tolerate any misbehavior, in words or action. Go to the right people in your company, usually, the HR team is the right place to go to. Do not conceal it, talk openly about it with your family and friends and seek support.
AVOID TAKING PERSONAL HELP
Avoid taking any personal favors as much possible such as lifts, any materials. even if you do in certain circumstances make sure to pay back. Do not hold any obligations, even if its the tiniest, even if the other tries to insist.
SAFETY IS YOUR CONCERN AND PRIORITY
We have come a long way. Women have more power and people are not as ignorant as it was before definitely. But somehow if you find yourself landed in any situation that does not make you feel safe and comfortable, choose to act over it than being quiet. Remember you are not weak to tolerate someone's dominance. Remember that you are an employee and not a slave. Trust on your potentials and move on if you have to.