It isn’t always about what you do at work, but how you act, according to Hays recruitment company.

These ten tips will put you on the path to getting ahead with your career, says Nick Deligiannis, managing director of Hays.

UNDERSTAND EXPECTATIONS

Know your company’s culture and values. Your cultural fit with the organisation and your working relationship with your supervisor/manager are very important.

STAY POSITIVE

Even if things are going so badly you feel like paper shredding the entire contents of your boss’s office, always maintain a balanced viewpoint.

Resist the urge to whinge to co-workers about your boss or job, because complaints can work their way up the chain to those higher up. Instead, find the right channels to suggest constructive improvements.

BE A TEAM PLAYER

It might not appear this way on the surface, but those willing to set aside their personal goals for the overall aim of the company or organisation often advance faster. You’ll get noticed more if you don’t beat your own drum.

GO THE EXTRA MILE

Whether it’s overseeing a major new project or doing a menial task such as filing folders, always volunteer. Go above and beyond what you’re asked to do and you will excel.

KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT

When it comes to gossip, that is. Steer clear of sharing personal or company information with co-workers, no matter how tantalising. Be especially conscious of this at company parties or outings that involve alcohol.

MANNERS MATTER

Whether you’re in your own cubicle or an open-plan office, respect others by keeping your voice down – no one likes a colleague who yaps loudly on the phone. And when you need to speak to co-workers approach them at their desk instead of yelling across the room.

KEEP YOUR PERSONAL LIFE PERSONAL

The water cooler days are gone, so keep the intimate details of that hunk you pulled on the weekend to yourself. Also limit personal calls and emails to a minimum, and run your errands at lunchtime.

EXERCISE CAUTION ON YOUR WORK COMPUTER

Most companies monitor employee usage of technology, so skip the personal emails and text messages. Also bear in mind that venting feelings about your workplace or boss on social media is dangerous as your comments can be read by anyone.

ARRIVE ON TIME

Most employers are prepared to be flexible and each environment has its own rules on timekeeping. Find out what they are and stick to them. If traffic jams always cause delays, leave earlier. You don’t want to develop a reputation for being tardy and undependable.

MEET DEADLINES

Keep your word. If you miss a deadline, it may have a knock-on effect throughout your company. Talk to your boss well in advance if you think you won’t be able to complete an assigned task on time.

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