Never underestimate how important it is to make a good impression at work.
Equally never underestimate how many times per day you are likely to make a first impression. Networking happens, all the time, not just at planned events after work.
When colleagues start to think that they can rely on you to do good work, then you will start to get offered greater and better responsibilities. This, in turn, can lead to promotions and raises.
1. Know the workplace etiquette
Everyone's place of work has their own particular quirks but try to understand yours. Whether swearing is unacceptable or too casual attire is not allowed - be on top of the unwritten rules. If you are allowed a phone at work don't abuse it. Equally, if you have no restrictions on your internet don't let yourself scroll aimlessly on social media it's not a good look.
2. Face up to mistakes
If you haven't already, you will at some point make a mistake at work. It may even be a big one. It happens to everyone. How you handle the blunder will influence your everyone's opinion of you much more than the mistake itself. Remember this rule.
The first thing you should do is admit what happened, take full responsibility and then come up with a way to fix your mistake - there's no better way to fix a mistake than coming up with a great, honest solution.
3. Come through in a crisis
Learn how to deal with workplace crises quickly and effectively.
One way to do this is to imagine different scenarios and come up with plans to react to each one. Then, if the unexpected ever happens, you'll be fully prepared to deal with it.
4. Avoid controversial topics
people, tend to like it when their workplaces are calm. Who can blame them?
Avoid starting conversations about topics that make people uncomfortable and could even lead to arguments. Steer clear of talking about politics or religion, for instance. This is not playing it safe, there's plenty of other things to talk about that don't involve controversy.
5. Respect your co-workers
If this isn't a natural inclination then be motivated by the fact that you'll never know when you need a favour!
Always avoid acting in an uncivil manner toward any of your coworkers. Be on time to work, especially if you are relieving someone from their shift. Don't ever take credit for another person's work. Always share the workload and don't forget your P's and Q's.
6. Represent your company how they would want you to
Imagine a tiny version of your boss standing on your shoulder. This is exactly how you should feel at company events or meetings. Make them proud and act exactly how they expect you to and nothing less.