Once you have been hired it is important for you to understand what your employer expects of you. It is also important to realize that employer expectations change over time. Since each job will be a little different from another one, there are some general guidelines to keep in mind when you start a new job.
Remember that what you do during the first week will make an impression and bad impressions are difficult to change. Report to work on time. Being on time includes both showing up to work on time and taking only the allotted time given for breaks and lunches. Since your appearance contributes to the impression you make, dress appropriately and be well groomed each day.
New employees should expect to be supervised closely at first as they learn and develop new skills. You are also expected to ask questions if you do not understand. Listen closely, follow directions, work hard and be productive!
After the first week, you should understand what your primary job responsibilities are. Be self-directed and show an increase in your production and a decrease in the amount of supervision you need. Develop professional relationships with your coworkers and supervisors. Resist the temptation to gossip or spread rumors.
Once you have been in a position for a while, continue to demonstrate your commitment to the company and do the best job possible every day. One of the biggest mistakes you can make is developing a false sense of security. Don’t forget every employee is replaceable.