1. Eat Right
Your wellness and performance at work are largely dictated by what you eat. Calcium and protein are important for people in very physical occupations because they are good for the muscles. Carbs are a source of energy for your body and for your brain. Vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats from fruits and vegetables are also important for keeping your mind and body up to the task of dealing with your job, whatever it may be.
2. Get Plenty Of Sleep
Your body needs sleep to process your memories and experiences and to build and repair your body. Not getting enough sleep can leave you physically exhausted, but it can also keep you from absorbing information the way that you should.
3. Stay In Shape
Most jobs have some kind of physical component, at least periodically. You should be able to perform these tasks without too much strain, as too much strain puts you at risk of hurting yourself.
Doing the job will gradually acclimate your body to the work over time, but working out on your own time can mean that you are prepared for a rough day on the job.
4. Know The Job
Knowing as much as possible about a job before you apply can keep you from signing up for something that you aren’t ready for. Knowing the job when you’re on it can also help you to make the safest and most responsible decisions.
Knowing your job description and the job descriptions of those around you also mean that if something comes up that are aren’t prepared to handle or aren’t supposed to be required to handle, you know who to talk to make sure that the job gets done by someone who is able to do it right.
5. Know The Location
Every work space is different. Knowing the space that you will be working in will help you to work more efficiently, but it will also help you to work more safely. Be sure to know where all of the fire exits are, as well as emergency phones, first aid kits, and other resources that will probably change based on what your job is and where you work.
6. Go Slow
Easing into a new job can help you to come to terms with the job and with your surroundings. Getting into your own system as well as getting to know the systems that have been adopted by people working there longer than you can help you to work safely and efficiently.
7. Study Up
If your job is particularly dangerous, you probably had to pass a test and possibly even take a course before you started. In many careers, this kind of preparation is required by a federal agency called the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and they don’t go away once you get the job. OSHA agents may need to come in and inspect your work place from time to time to make sure that environment is as safe as possible.
Their website also offers lots of resources about your rights as a worker, as well as guides to help keep you safe. Each state also has their own OSHA branch that sets guidelines for occupations in your state. Your state’s OSHA webpage or office is also the best place to start to learn about training resources that you can access or courses that you can take near you.
8. Have A Mentor
If you don’t already have a friend working in the same job as you or in a similar job, make one. Knowing someone who is more experienced than you gives you a place to go when you need an answer that doesn’t come up in the book.
9. Keep In Touch With Your Supervisor
Keeping in touch with your supervisor can be a good way to make sure that you are doing everything correctly. If you notice potential dangers around your work place, you should also be able to report them to your supervisor.
10. Keep In Touch With Your Healthcare Provider
Your healthcare provider can help you to have a diet and exercise plan that can help you to work safely and efficiently.
Depending on your occupation, your healthcare provider might also be able to recognize early symptoms of injuries or conditions that you may develop through your work.