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Common Faux Paux’s of Entry Level Workers

Yesterday I was listening to a friend of mine lament about a new co-worker of his. Apparently, the 17-year old just graduated high school and was on his third day at his very first job.  Here are the impressions the teenager already made upon his manager and co-workers.

1.  “Joe” is on his cell phone all the time. In front of customers and his manager. He thinks nothing of chatting it up with his friends while he’s on the clock.

2. He goes 30 minutes over his lunch break.

3. His friends have come by to hang out with him.

4.  He left a mess behind in the kitchen.

5.  He takes shortcuts or worse, doesn’t complete assigned tasks.

My friend remarked that he doesn’t think Joe will be a very productive employee. That may or may not be true. Joe could be oblivious to workplace rules. That’s why most companies hold orientation and spell it out to all new hires. He could also be testing the waters to see what he can get away with.

Regardless, everyday is your job interview, and Joe is failing miserably. While it’s the company’s job to let employees know what’s acceptable and what isn’t, it’s in every worker’s best interest to seek out these rules on their own to avoid sending the wrong impression. So here goes.