On the Job Tips For Teens


Congratulations you’ve landed the job! Now it’s time to get to work. Keep in mind that the way you behave on the job can greatly affect you’re keeping the job and getting your next job.

Following are some tips to help you succeed!


To Be Early Is To Be On Time!

Employers appreciate and notice when employees show up early to work. Showing up early shows your enthusiasm for the job. This doesn’t mean you need to show up an hour early. Showing up at least fifteen minutes early will allow you to stash your lunch and complete any morning tasks so that you can begin working promptly. If you’re going to be late and you know it, let your boss know ahead of time. Don’t make it a habit of being late.  If you’re stuck in traffic and know you’re going to be late call your boss and let them know. Leave for work earlier the next day or take a different route. Also, if you and some friends head to lunch, be sure to report back to work on time.

Don’t Gossip!

It’s your first day on the job and after lunch one of your team members approaches you and starts complaining to you about your boss. Should you join in to make a friend? NO!

Gossip drags you down and doesn’t serve any good purpose. You don’t have any idea what might have happened between your co-worker and your boss and there’s always two sides to a story. So if your co-worker starts complaining about another co-worker or your boss, either stay silent or let them know you would appreciate it if they didn’t talk to you about these issues.

Your Co-worker Isn’t Pulling Their Weight!

You’re the new kid on the block. So your co-worker has decided to let you do his/her job in addition to yours. Now your work performance is suffering because you can’t get your job done and you don’t want to cause trouble. What do you do?

Try talking to your co-worker. It’s always better to work out a problem first before going to your boss. Let your co-worker know that you really want to help out as much as you can, but that your boss expects you to get your job done and you’re having a hard time doing both jobs. Ask if your co-worker is having trouble doing their job. If they are, suggest that your co-worker talk to your boss about getting some help. Most of the time a simple conversation will fix the problem.

If after you’ve spoken to your co-worker and the problem persists, it’s perfectly acceptable to talk to your boss. You’re not getting anyone into trouble. Remember you have a job to do and you don’t want your work performance to suffer. Your boss is there for you to talk to about anything related to work. Your boss wants you to succeed as much as you do.

Ask Questions!

Like anything new, it’s takes time to learn the job. If you don’t understand, ask questions. There’s no sense being stressed because you don’t know how to do something. Take notes when you’re being trained and refer back to them.  Sometimes it might be hard to remember everything you’re being shown on the first day.

Also, after a few days on the job ask your boss how you’re doing. It’s nice to get feedback to see if there’s anything you need to do differently, or better. Asking about your performance shows your boss that you’re really trying to do a good job.


Keep in mind that your boss will hopefully become a future reference for your work performance. It’s little things like attention to detail while doing your job, remembering what you’re supposed to do, and keeping your boss informed that will leave a good and lasting impression.



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