Independence is also a very important soft skill to have in the workplace. Employees will be expected to complete tasks on their own without any help from others. Employees need to think for themselves and not rely on other people to tell them what they have to do next.
At BP I showed independence by making meetings with people I needed specific information rather than waiting for someone to come to me. Also when I was given tasks, I would work on it alone and if I got to problems I would try to overcome them on my own.
Planning is important in the workplace it involves thinking ahead to decide what you need to do to achieve a goal within a given timescale. It’s important in planning that goals are established, strategies and objectives are decided to be successful. By planning tasks can be done in the time given.
Whilst at BP I showed planning skills by looking at the tasks I had and then planning how I was going to compete the tasks. Such as drawing diagrams or writing down the formulas and where I was going to use them in my excel sheets.
To make the best use of your time, you need to manage it effectively. To do this you have to take control on your time and plan when you are going to complete things by; using a diary would help. Also you need to make sure that time is protected from interruptions and make sure you are strict on time making sure vital tasks are done before doing less important things. Being good at time management will be useful because it will mean that tasks will be done for the deadline and the employee will never be late for meetings or for work which means that work can be done when it’s needed.
On my internship I showed time management skills by planning my tasks for specific times and making sure I had it done by the deadline. Also making sure if I had meetings in another building I left enough time to get there to make sure I wasn’t late.
For some jobs technical knowledge will be needed. for instance in my job at BP I needed to have knowledge on IT programs such as Microsoft, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and also needed to have knowledge on SharePoint which is used for online storage. An employee might demonstrate technical skills by taking and passing academic or vocational qualifications, or you might have a certificate to prove that you have a special skill; such as ICT Qualifications.
Health and safety
If an employee is unwell then they should stay off work until they are recovered. Coming into work sick will then make everyone else sick and in order to prevent this they need to get better at home. The Health and Safety at Work Act requires all employees to ‘take reasonable care of themselves and others who could be affected by what they do’. This Act also states that if you are an employee who has ‘been injured at work, seen a dangerous occurrence, or your doctor has certified that you have a work-related reportable disease, you must inform your employer’.
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