Managing a high school student in a corporate job is a new experience for many supervisors. Check out this top 10 list of things to have your intern do when they run out of work.
An important part of getting more work is doing the work that you have been given with high quality and completing it on time.
Here are some good questions to ask yourself:
Unlike school, quality is often a lot more important than speed at work. Doing tasks right the first time and catching small mistakes before you submit things is very important.
Getting others perspective on the quality and timeliness of your work is important. Have you asked your manager recently how you are doing at getting things done well and on time? Are there other people that you work with that you could ask for direct feedback from?
If you were trained to do a specific task and you realize that it has not been done for a while, volunteer to do it again. For example:
If you feel that you have done items 1-3 well, ask around if there are other tasks you can take on.
Do you remember when you started at your company and no documentation existed to help you learn how to do your job? Ask your manager if you could show off your Word or Excel skills by creating a training document. Take screenshots, write clear directions, ask co-workers for feedback and then show your manager your results.
Have you written a thank you email to someone who has helped you at your job recently? Take time to say thanks.
Organize the desktop on your computer. Clean up your email inbox. Clean up the folders and saved items on your computer.
Are their disinfecting wipes around that you could wipe down your desk with? Are there papers that need to be sorted? Does your space have a nice clean appearance? Take a few minutes and do it now!
Are there modules available to you that would help you with your current job (i.e., advanced Excel or Outlook trainings)? Are there modules that would help you in future jobs? Ask your manager if you can access and complete these during down time.
Are there people at your company doing a job you think looks really cool? Ask your manager for permission to set up a 1-on-1 with them.