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How to be a Good Employee

Candice Bauer University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering

Overview

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 information) Payroll Period and Direct Deposit Information Paid Holidays, Sick Days, or Personal Days (How many and when are you eligible?) 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.

Attendance

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 acceptable)

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.

Timecards
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

Appearance

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)

Supervisor
Initial training Decides on your job assignments Determines if you are meeting expectations 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 times. 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 noticed.

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 people

Resolving Conflicts with Coworkers

Misunderstandings

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 Person 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 Conflict Try to Understand the Other Person's Perceptions 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 Viewpoints

Resolving Conflicts: Don'ts


Overlook the Possibility of Differing Perceptions 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 company.

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


Dont panic. Clarify the assignment. Develop a plan of attack. Submit drafts and get feedback. Dont be afraid to make a mistake, but learn from that, and NEVER MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE.

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

Communication Skills
Present your design concepts to senior engineering management at design reviews Communicate technical information to staff members that have no technical training 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

http://www.dol.gov/index.htm
http://www.workplacefairness.org

Workplace Fairness

Acknowledgments
ASME, International Professional Practice Curriculum:
http://www.professionalpractice.asme.org/index.htm

How to be a Good Employee


Candice Bauer University of Nevada, Reno College of Engineering