Poorly written report
Poor personal time management
Not being well-groomed (messy hair, poorly ironed clothes, etc.)
Too many personal calls
Not taking care of company equipment
Being late for work or appointments
Not keeping promises
Not doing quality work
Coping with skill deficiencies
-Ask your boss to sponsor you with any skills you are not good with
-Stay after work to practice a needed skill
-Pay for immediate tutoring/Take a class
How to handle embarrassing moments you have been trained for
Admit your mistake and lack of experience
Make sure you understand the trainer or teacher
Ask to do a dry run on new skills
Do new skills step-by-step at your own pace
Ask for retraining
Keep your sense of humor about mistakes
Do NOT make the same mistakes over and over
Protocol - Unwritten rules you are expected to follow
Do not go over your supervisor's head with problems or issues
Keep business and personal life separate
Talking in a negative manner about employees
Using first names when introducing a supervisor to a stranger
Telling offensive jokes or stories
How to communicate
2 Styles - You Choose:
Remain more quiet than usual. Concentrate on your work and be very polite. Communicate primarily with your attitude and job performance instead of your voice.
Be modestly assertive. Speak with confidence but be careful not to dominate conversations. Show positive learning attitude by asking relevant questions and be friendly and open.
-Also you may be teased at work and you are looked at to see what kind of response you have. One who can laugh at themselves usually fairs much better.
Third week productivity - Make sure it consistently improves and is supported by your co-workers - they must support your efforts and be motivated to follow.
Be a serious, professional worker
Be generous with "thank you's" ex. "you have been a great help to me - thanks"
Ask for advice
Pay more compliments without overdoing it: "I sure appreciate your professionalism"
The 3 C's - Stay away - be nice but do not identify with any
What if you have a difficult supervisor?
Adjust to his/her style - it is not personal
Concentrate on your work and co-worker relationships
-Don't expect a perfect supervisor
-They sometimes have rough days
-Select the right times to talk
-Don't turn a minor issue in to a major one
-Don't go over your supervisor's head unless you have to
-If you make a mistake you tell your boss - don't let her/him hear it from someone else
3 Suggestions to maintain a good balance:
You contribute in 2 ways - what you do and what you do because you are a team player - do not lose sight of this
Do not resent others because you are more productive
Helping others reach their best can mean a lot to your career
Everyone has second thoughts about their first job
What am I doing here?
Am I with the right organization?
Can I learn all they are throwing at me?
Did I spend all that time in college for this?
Remember, Rome was not built in a day and neither is your career. Give it some time. Confide in co-workers you trust. Talk to your friends or spouse about any misgivings. Sometimes a simple incident is turned in to something big-do not let that happen. You have been under pressure/stress before and survived. You do have skills and talents to help you through any situation.