OK Work is Not OK: Doing OK work is NOT OK. You should always be striving to be the best, not someone to be striving for average results. The expectations when you come to work is for you to make a difference in what you are doing. Nothing but exemplary work will be expected from you. Things like paying attention to details, making sure all information is communicated to the right people and that action is carried out until the end. This is what separates the superstars of the company from the average Joes.
Not Meeting Deadlines: If you are travelling on business or working from home, you do not want to take it easy at any cost. It is still expected from you to make sure you meet all committed deadlines and do the appropriate communication. If there are important emails that you need to respond to, you should do it either before or after the meeting. If you are not able to meet the deliverables, validate with reasons and communicate/ Being on top of things will certainly get you on the right track towards success.
Providing Excuses: If you did not complete a particular task, let your supervisor know well in advance. Accept it. Do not provide your current work as an excuse for not completing a task which was assigned to you. This is a very common thing I have noticed in today’s workforce. “I was busy working on this and did not have time to work on that”. To be great, you must learn how to work through the work loads, even if they are piling high. Working on this does not mean you should NOT worry about that. Set the right expectations and let everyone know what they can expect and when ?
Being Late To Meetings:Respect other people’s time. You must make sure to log into your scheduled meetings at least 5 minutes in advance and make sure to check your phone lines and speakers before connecting with the appropriate parties. If signs of problems may occur, you must escalate to your networking and technical team of the issues to make sure the connections for the meetings will be working by the time the meeting starts. You may not get noticed if you arrive on time, but you will certainly get noticed for being late.
Things That Make Others Inefficient: Give credit to your boss and your co-workers. Do not do anything which you think is NOT acceptable in a work place or make another colleague unproductive. Make sure all work is carried out towards completion. If another colleague is swamped with work, whatever you have to tell them that is not work related can certainly wait. Either wait for a more suitable time or just focus on your own work. Small talk is fine, however give credit to the other persons workload and schedule.