After completing course from the college a student becomes an employee. The role changes and so does the behaviour. Some take time to understand the business communication skills while some are already aware because of their family background and advice from their elders. Those who don’t know face problems in the beginning but soon they gradually develop themselves according to the corporate culture: -
Johnny was selected in the campus interviews to join as safety officer in a reputed organization. He was excited to work and learn the maximum in the initial years. When he joined the organization he found therewas not much work to do so he was always dissatisfied. Whenever the other departments asked him how the job was going, he innocently replied, ‘There is not much work to do here, the system is well implemented already. I just have to maintain that.’
Such innocent replies are never recommended in an organization. As a result of Johnny’s reply the other departments started to say that Johnny has little work to do. Unfortunately there was no manager above Johnny to advise him the business culture and communication skills. The other department managers started utilising him in their jobs as well and Johnny could do nothing.
The newly joined professional or what they are commonly called freshershould try to understand the culture of the organization before joining. For example call the person by his name rather than calling him Sir. Sir is a very respectful word; don’t spoil it by calling everyone ‘Sir’. Extra bit of respect may cost you. The others may be respected by smiling and cheerful behaviour.
When made a decision do not get overpowered by the designation of the other department manager. Do not try to get rid of the present scenario but think of the future. If you do not stick to your word, the impression would be such that this person is not up to his word and he can always be manhandled.
Don’t mix up your private and professional life if anyone tries to get close to you. Colleagues can seldom be true friends. Remember friendship is important but not with colleagues. Never underestimate your potential. Avoid using this sentence very often, ‘’I am here to learn”. If you learn everyone will become your teacher. Don’t let this happen to you.