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Four Ways to Earn Respect At Your New Job

By Erik Folgate

I started my first real job about a year ago, and now I am reflecting upon my first year’s experience in the “working” world.  I have adjusted nicely, and I like the people that I work with, however, it was quite intimidating to be “the new guy”.  I thought that I would share four things that helped me earn some credibility with my boss and co-workers.

  1. Get to Work on Time, and Work While you are at Work.   This is sort of two things, but they go together.  It is one thing to always be on time or early to work and stay an hour later.  But, it is another thing if you work hard during your time at work.  It is so easy at the work place to get caught up with surfing on the internet, talking to co-workers, or just plain day dreaming.  I make sure that I set a production goal for myself each day, and try to accomplish that goal each day.
  2. Be courteous to your co-workers.  Don’t act like you know it all when you really don’t know it all.  Saying “thank you” and genuinely complimenting others really helps with getting along with your co-workers. 
  3. Go above and beyond the call of duty.  If your boss asks you to have something done by tomorrow.  Have it done by the end of the day.  He or she will recognize your effort.
  4. Play by the rules.  If your boss tells you to do something a certain way, just do it that way!  I learned this the hard way.  I would think that I was doing something better my way, when in reality, it was not what she wanted!  It is okay to show your creativity when the time is right, but remember that you are new and you are still learning. 

Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

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