Being an active employee is always beneficial. Not only will it help you complete your job on time, it will also show that you are interested in your work. Take these tips into consideration to create the right impression.

• Discuss your duties and responsibilities, and establish your priorities. Set challenging, but achievable, short-term and long-term goals.

• To enable you to fit in quickly. Find out as much you can about your company and its organisational structure.

• Prepare carefully for meetings with your boss. Try to anticipate questions and be ready with positive and considered responses. Make sure you are always well-informed. Keep up to date on current issues.

• Learn all you can about problem-solving techniques. When you are given a problem to solve, tackle it enthusiastically and systematically.

• Establish a reputation as a good team player by developing good working relationships and cultivating friendships with as wide a range of people in the company as possible.

• Participate fully in your company’s training programme; and avail of all opportunities to extend your knowledge and develop work-related skills.

• Learn from your own mistakes and the mistakes of others.

• Complete all work on time. Don’t make promises unless you are sure you can deliver.

• Develop a reputation for honesty, loyalty and integrity.

• Since your job description will form the basis of your performance appraisal, it is important to review it regularly.