Tips for Success on the Job
Ask for Help
One point to remember is that everyone makes mistakes. How you correct your mistakes or solve your problems is more important than the fact that you made a mistake. It is almost always a bad idea to keep the problem to yourself because you are too afraid or too proud to tell anyone. It can be a humbling experience, but getting help with a minor problem is better than allowing the problem to escalate into a major catastrophe! Ask a co-worker or your immediate supervisor for help!
Learn the Culture
Keep your eyes and ears open (and your mouth shut) so you can become aware of the company's values, system of rewards/punishments, office politics, grapevine, and overall personality.
Most people like to be around others who display a positive attitude, and who are dependable. Be helpful and supportive of co-workers and bosses. Refrain from criticizing other employees--this is not college anymore. A little (a lot?) more restraint is required in a professional setting. Also, do not hold grudges against people who do not go along with everything you say. People are different everywhere, and tomorrow is a new day!
Accept Constructive Criticism
Formal evaluations and/or performance appraisals may not happen in a timely manner. However, it is important to receive feedback on whether, and how competently, you are learning your responsibilities. Try to accept helpful suggestions with a positive attitude and keep learning as much as you can.
Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. Offering help for cleaning up after a project or meeting, offering help when needed for smaller, seemingly unimportant tasks, and just being a friendly, pleasant person is helpful in making the workplace a better environment.
Take Time Out
Being a workaholic will catch up with you eventually. Take time out every day to do something unrelated to work--excercise, got to a movie, watch television, read a book, take up a hobby such as flying kites, playing with yo-yo's, painting, sewing, or whatever will take your mind off the time spent at work. This is vital to your maintaining a positive attitude, a clear mind, and a healthy body.