The top 10 secrets of successful correctional employees

These are the skills high-performing employees use every day to make them stand apart from others


By Aaron Meaders

Working in a correctional facility can be challenging. The work environment is not for the faint-hearted. However, you will be successful if you're willing to fight through it and put forth the maximum effort.

Here are 10 secret skills that employees use every day that make them stand apart from others. Keep reading to find out more.

Being a successful correctional employee means more than knowing how to handle yourself in a dangerous situation. It also requires being a good communicator.
Being a successful correctional employee means more than knowing how to handle yourself in a dangerous situation. It also requires being a good communicator. (Corrections1)

1. The Importance of a Good Attitude

A good attitude is one of the most important secrets to a correctional officer's success. It's essential to be upbeat. A good attitude will help you get through the day and make you more likely to succeed in your job. Successful correctional employees know it's essential to keep a positive outlook. They also know that a good attitude can make a difference in their workday. A positive attitude will help them succeed in their job and make a successful career in corrections.

2. The Power of Professionalism

Being successful in a correctional facility takes more than knowing the ins and outs of the job. It's also important to always conduct yourself professionally. That means remaining calm and level-headed, respecting inmates and fellow staff members, and adhering to all the policies and procedures. It can be easy to let your emotions get the better of you when working in a prison. Still, successful correctional employees know how to keep their cool. Always remaining professional makes their jobs easier and sets an excellent example for other staff members.

3. The Necessity of Attention to Detail

Successful correctional employees are attentive to detail. Being attentive to detail means constantly looking for anything out of the ordinary. These employees also follow instructions carefully, ensuring they understand each task before they begin. This attention to detail ensures that tasks are completed correctly and efficiently and that potentially dangerous situations are identified and dealt with quickly. So, if you're detail-oriented and good at following instructions, a career in corrections could be a good fit for you.

4. The Significance of Being Knowledgeable

Knowledge is power and that power can help you be successful in a correctional facility. Most successful correctional employees have one thing in common: they know the ins and outs of their job. Understanding all aspects of the job, including policies and procedures is essential. This knowledge will help you be more efficient in your work and catch errors more easily. Also, it's helpful to know the facility's layout and the location of critical areas, such as the control room, medical unit and visitation area. By familiarizing yourself with the facility, you can cut the risk of getting lost or confused in a stressful situation.

5. The Value of Being a Good Communicator

Being a successful correctional employee means more than knowing how to handle yourself in a dangerous situation. It also requires being a good communicator. This communication will help you work with colleagues, superiors and inmates. Communicating clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, is essential in a correctional setting. This ability will help you maintain control in difficult situations, resolve conflict and build relationships.

Being a great listener is equally important as being a good speaker/writer. Listening helps you understand the needs of others, builds trust and resolves conflict. Seeing both sides of an issue can help you find creative solutions.

6. The Importance of Being a Good Team Player

Being a good team player is another secret to success in a correctional facility. It's essential to work well with others. A good team player is cooperative, helpful and willing to pitch in when needed. Being a good team player will make the work environment more enjoyable for everyone, and you will be more likely to succeed in your job.

7. The Rewards of Being Creative

Being creative is another secret to success in a correctional facility. It's essential to be able to think outside the box and come up with new ideas. This creativity will help you when it comes to problem-solving. Being creative will set you apart from others and help you succeed in your career.

8. The Importance of Remaining Positive

If you want to be successful in working at a correctional facility, it is vital to maintain a positive outlook. This positive outlook will help you get through tough days and will increase the likelihood of your success in the job. Of course, it is not always easy to remain positive when working in a corrections environment. Many challenges come with the job, including dealing with problematic inmate behavior and coping with the stress of the job. However, successful correctional employees know that a positive outlook is essential to getting through the day and being successful in their careers. So, if you want to be successful in working at a correctional facility, remember to keep your outlook positive. It will make all the difference in your ability to succeed.

9. The Advantage of Being Fit

Working in a correctional facility can be mentally and physically demanding. Fit correctional employees are successful because they have the energy to perform their duties without getting tired. They are less likely to get hurt and can handle any physical challenges. A fit employee will have the stamina to make it through long shifts, as well as the strength to address physical challenges that may come up. Also, being fit will reduce the chances of getting injured on the job and help reduce stress.

10. The Gain From Being the Bigger Person

Successful correctional employees know how important it can be to keep their emotions under control while dealing with problematic inmates and the other challenges that can come up on the job every day. They also tend to have better work performance than those who do not have these traits. If you want to be successful at working in this environment, you must learn how to be the bigger person and let things go. Not only will this help you emotionally, but it will also improve your chances of having a successful career in corrections.

Final Thoughts

A good attitude, professionalism, attention to detail, knowledge, communication skills, teamwork, creativity and the ability to remain positive are all essential keys to success in a correctional facility. Keep these secrets in mind if you want to succeed in the correctional industry! By possessing these qualities, you will be more likely to succeed in your job and advance in your career.

NEXT: 7 habits of successful correctional officers


About the author

Aaron Meaders is a correctional professional with over eight years of experience. He is working in the criminal justice system at Montana State Prison. He was a correctional officer for the first three and a half years and has been a mental health rech since then. Aaron is passionate about helping people and is currently the Local President of FMSPE Local #4700. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, freelance writing and learning new things.

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