Avoid The 10 Worst Government Job Blunders
Now that you’ve landed yourself a sweet government job, you’ve got to worry about your performance. We’ve all heard stories of employees which are qualified for the work that they do, Uksssc but just don’t have enough composure or self-discipline to deliver quality work, consistently.
The good news is that you can learn from the mistakes of others. Here are 10 blunders which will be especially embarrassing for workers in government fields.
10. Don’t Write Too Much
Keep your project proposals, reports, and communications concise and focused. The more you ramble on, the less your main priorities and good ideas will shine through. Often times, co-workers will be irritated by writing that is especially verbose, even if your reasoning is sound. Stick to the main points, use bullet points, and keep your arguments simple.
9. Don’t Submit Messy Work
Unless you have your own private editor, you should always proofread the work you are submitting to a higher-up. You may write the greatest proposal in the world, but if you fail to present it in a neat, professional manner, you won’t get the benefit of your hard work.
8. Don’t Fudge Any Details for the First Year
Ideally, you’d never have to skimp on any of your work, but everybody comes to a point where they are completely over-worked, and need to ease up on one aspect of their work. However, if you’re tempted to do this within the first year of accepting a job, you’re probably taking on more responsibility than you can handle. When I say “don’t fudge details”, I mean: financials, milestones, dates, responsibilities, metrics, reports, and deadlines.
7. If You Screw Up, Be Honest About It
Everybody makes mistakes – I’m no exception myself. The problem is that it’s counter-intuitive to give up easily when you may have made a mistake – it’s much easier to ferociously defend yourself. I’ve actually seen somebody collapse into a wild theory about how somebody must have actually deleted an email from their mail list while they were in the bathroom, because they were too stubborn to admit that they had simply neglected it. The outcome is never pretty – suffer the blow to your ego, and be more careful next time.
6. Don’t Have Preconceived Notions About What Your Agency Needs
Especially if you’re just starting to work for a new department, agency, or even boss, don’t over-estimate your ability to read situations. Even if you are correct to pinpoint a lot of different problems in a given proposal, you need to think about how you are doing so – stepping on a long-time employee’s feet as a newbie will make you look like a hot shot, and will not earn you any brownie points.
5. Don’t Dilute Your Priorities
Personally, I am a pretty sociable guy. I like to smile a lot, try to offer a helping hand as often as possible, and generally like to break down the barriers between the job I do and the job my co-workers do. But there is a cut-off point; you need to always return to your main tasks, and make sure to get your main tasks finished before straying from them.
This is not always as easy as it sounds. Many times, co-workers will approach you while you’re in the middle of doing important work to ask for your help. If you turn them away too rudely, they might be hurt or annoyed. Try to be as kind as possible, and suggest a time later in the day when you are free to help them.
4. Don’t Be Late
From an employee perspective, there is nothing more obnoxious than busting your butt in the office each morning, only to be surrounded by employees who stroll in much, much later than you do. Plus, management teams can get very paranoid about the effect a late arriver can have on a work’s culture. It is very difficult to explain to employees why they are expected to be on time, when other employees do not obey the rule.