A company’s decision to hire you is an indication that, in their eyes, you have the ability to become a productive and valued member of their team1. As a new employee, your goal should be to perform at peak levels and demonstrate that the company made a good hiring decision; but that’s not all there is to it.
After you’ve passed the probationary stage, keeping your job becomes a part of your job; salary increases, promotions, and professional development opportunities are linked to how well you perform on the job and how well you fit into the company culture.
Below are four basic elements for job retention and suggestions on how to keep your job after you have been hired.
Dependability / Reliability
• Always be on time, which means at least a few minutes early.
• Prepare for the unexpected (traffic, bad weather, etc.).
• Follow through on tasks without continual supervision.
• Don’t be late to work, take long lunch hours, use a lot of sick time and leave early every day!
• Stay away from office gossip.
• Distance yourself from complainers and those asking you to take sides in an argument.
• Leave your personal life and problems at home.
• Don’t use an employer’s time and equipment to make personal phone calls or do personal business.
You should develop a strong work ethic because success is no accident. It takes hard work; you must work harder AND smarter! Your ability to produce a quality product or service is critical in ensuring the company’s survival and thus continuation of your employment.
Quantity of Work
Productivity is one of the most important elements of success on the job. An effective employee produces not only quality work but also enough to justify the wages being paid.
Don’t bury your head in the sand and think that once you’ve made it past your probationary period, all of the potential threats to your job will disappear. Following these tips may just help you not only keep, but also excel in your job.
Carolyn Kennard is a Regional Facilitator for Workforce Solutions in the Houston – Galveston area. She conducts job search skills seminars throughout the 13 county Gulf Coast region. Before embarking on a career in workforce development, Carolyn achieved success in marketing and training with a major oil company. Carolyn holds a B.A. degree from Virginia State University and an M.A. degree from Prairie View A&M University.