1. pay attention, conform, or do what you are supposed to do
get with the program instead of going your own way
The idiom to 'get with the program' is an expression used to encourage someone to be more aware of what is currently happening or to except new approaches and ideas. If you are asked to 'get with the program' it may mean that you need to begin doing something people need from you or to get organised in relation to what is going on. This expression can be used as an informal way of asking someone to pay attention.