How to be a Good Employee by ARY9dd0f


									How to be a Good Employee

  Candice Bauer
  University of Nevada, Reno
  College of Engineering
    Human Resources
    Transition Period
    Attendance
    Timecards
    Appearance
    Boss
    Co-Workers
    Soft Skills
    Employee Rights
Human Resources

  First Stop
  Complete employment paperwork
      Tax forms (W4, state tax)
      Nondisclosure agreements

  Learn about benefits
  Complete payroll process
  Learn company policies
Human Resources
  Work Schedule and Lunch Period (Your
   supervisor might also provide this
  Payroll Period and Direct Deposit
  Paid Holidays, Sick Days, or Personal
   Days (How many and when are you
  Vacation Days (How many and when are
   you eligible?)
Human Resources

  Company Employment Policies such as use of
   electronic communications systems, conflict of
   interest, business travel, drug use and
   smoking, personal use of company resources,
   dress code, etc.
  Benefits (Life Insurance, Health, Disability,
   Accident, Savings Plan, Retirement Plan, and
   Tuition Reimbursement)
Transition Period (Learning Curve)
 If it was not provided, ask for a copy of your
  job description, so you can see in writing
  your duties and responsibilities.
 Learn the names and duties of everyone in
  your group.
 Ask to see an organizational chart of the
  department, so you can see how your
  group fits into the company structure.
Transition Period (Learning Curve)

  Learn the culture of the company - the mission
   and vision.
  Observe your co-workers, how they behave
   and act in a professional setting.
  Focus on the product you will be working on.
   Most companies have technical descriptions
   and product brochures. Ask to review these.
  Ask about anything you are not sure of or was
   not made clear to you.
    Woody Allen: “80% of success is just about
     showing up”
    Attendance is necessary
    No call, no show = termination
    Finals / Midterms – notify employer ASAP
    Always be punctual (lateness is not
        A schedule from 8:00 to 5:00 means sitting at your
         desk ready to work at 8:00 – not coming in at 8:03,
         getting coffee, and start working at 8:30.

  Accurate timekeeping is important
  Multi-project time sheets
  Must be accurate
  Altering or misrepresenting your time on
   a timecard is illegal
  Not recording overtime is illegal
    Adhere to the dress code
    Dress to accommodate safety procedures (i.e.
     if working in a lab, closed toe shoes)
    Even if the code is casual, follow conservative
     dress rules
    Workstation – organized, neat, and check with
     supervisor to learn company policy before
     bringing personal items (i.e. photos)
    Watch your language (a foul sounding mouth
     looks bad)

  Initial training
  Decides on your job assignments
  Determines if you are meeting
  Assesses your performance
  Decides on your salary increase
  Learn how to work with their
   management style
Your boss is always right

  Respect and appreciate your boss
  Do as you are asked
  Question if unclear, but do not argue
  Unless, your boss is asking you to
   perform a task that is unethical or illegal
   (i.e. record that you worked 20 hours
   even though you worked 23 hours)
Make your boss look good

    Completing your work assignments on time.
    Producing a high quality and accurate product.
    Acting professionally and responsibly at all
    Being positive and a team player.
    Keeping your boss informed as to the status of
     your tasks and alert him or her to any
     problems. (The worst thing to do is to let your
     boss get caught off guard.)
What is the boss looking for in you?

  Take the initiative. Don't wait for work. Seek it
   out. Fill a need when you see a void or an
   opportunity (and make sure your supervisor
   knows you have offered to help).
  Show that you can think. Be creative and
   innovative. Develop a new way to perform a
   task or a new solution to a problem.
  Show a willingness to take on projects that
   have high visibility. That is how you get
Conflicts with your boss

 Personality clash
 Management style
 Technical differences
 Performance and work habits
Relating to Co-Workers

  Get to know the people in your group
  Be someone that can be counted on
  Ask pertinent questions
  Do not be a know it all
  Learn to work with different types of
Resolving Conflicts with Coworkers

 Personality Clashes
 Lack of Cooperation
 Frustration and Irritability
 Substandard Performance
Resolving Conflicts with Coworkers

  Differences Over Work Method
  Responsibility Issues
  Authority Issues
  Value and Goal Differences
  Non-Compliance with Rules and Policies
  Competition for Limited Resources
Resolving Conflicts: Dos

  Be Positive and Patient
  Focus on the Problem, not the other
  Keep an Open Mind; Be Flexible
  Seek the Other Person's Ideas and Point
   of View
Resolving Conflicts: Dos

  Explore All Alternatives for Resolving the
  Try to Understand the Other Person's
  End on a Positive Note
Resolving Conflicts: Don'ts

  Prejudge People
  Assume You Have All the Facts
  Focus on the Person's Attitude,
   Personality, or Motives
  Ignore Others' Ideas and
Resolving Conflicts: Don'ts

  Overlook the Possibility of Differing
  Be Defensive
  Go Into the Discussion Unprepared
  Focus on Meeting Practical Needs at the
   Expense of Personal Needs
Lack of Guidance

  Take matters into your own hands.
  Speak with the supervisor.
  Emphasize your eagerness to learn the
   job and contribute to your group and the
Lack of Guidance

  Ask your supervisor's advice on the
   steps you can take to speed up your
   development and to be assigned some
   projects to work on.
  Seek other mentors in the company.
Assignments beyond your
knowledge base
  Don’t panic.
  Clarify the assignment.
  Develop a plan of attack.
  Submit drafts and get feedback.
  Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, but
   learn from that, and NEVER MAKE THE
Communication Skills

  Prepare written status or progress
   reports to management
  Write specifications and technical
  Write engineering change orders
  Provide instructions to others
Communication Skills

  Present your design concepts to senior
   engineering management at design
  Communicate technical information to
   staff members that have no technical
  Prepare product brochures and
   marketing materials
Teamwork Skills
 You all work for the same company and
  the main goal is to produce the best
  product possible.
 Remain flexible and keep an open mind.
 Producing the optimum design requires
  every-one to make certain compromises,
  including you.
Teamwork Skills

  Help other people whenever you can.
  Avoid being a know-it-all.
  Don't take opposition or critique of your
   concepts personally.
  In stating your position, rely on the facts
   and what you know, not opinion.
Performance Reviews

  Technical Ability
  Knowledge of Job Functions
  Character
  Responsibility
  Initiative
  Cooperation
Performance Reviews

  Ability to Inspire and Influence Others
  Emotional Stability
  Vision
  Decisiveness
  Coordination
  Resourcefulness
Employee Rights

  Safe working environment
  Free from discrimination and harassment
  Breaks (in Nevada)
      10 minutes every 4 hours
      30 minute break if shift is 6 or more hours
Employee Rights

  Must sign release form to work more
   than 8 hours (i.e. 10 hour shifts);
   otherwise, considered overtime
  More than 40 hours per week is
   considered overtime for hourly
   employees (must pay time and a half)
Employee Rights

    Department of Labor
    Workplace Fairness

  ASME, International – Professional
  Practice Curriculum:
How to be a Good Employee

  Candice Bauer
  University of Nevada, Reno
  College of Engineering

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