5 Horrible Mistakes People Make At Work
What is your job? Not asking whether you're a parking lot attendant, pipefitter or bank president, asking what is going on beneath the surface of the daily grind.
Your job is to serve your company in such a way that it can show a profit either to its private owners or public shareholders. Your job and your role in your company is to bring forward to the best of your ability pertaining to your role, to make money for the enterprise as a whole.
And the ability of the company to earn profits ultimately filters down to the individuals in that company, you. All of your salary or hourly compensation boils down to you doing your best to show yourself and consequently the entire organization as efficient and profitable. That's it, that's all there is to it.
The human equation comes into play. Everyone tolerates some slack time devoted to short Monday convos such as 'how was your weekend', little birthday and anniversary celebrations in the breakroom and even entire office 'teambuilding' outings to keep the human spirit elevated and in a satisfied mood so the profit earning motivation can be maintained.
Here are Five Things That Can Kill A Job and Even a Career
The first one isn't numbered and consider it a bonus directive because it should go without saying, never engage in a romantic relationship in the workplace. Especially if you're married. There's just no upside to this. Even married couples who start their own businesses have their ups and downs. The old saying 'never get your honey where you make your money' is grounded in the truths that decisions and events that take place in the world of profit earning, can sometimes run contrary to the decisions and events in matters of the heart.
And if you do find yourself in the beginnings of a work-related relationship, and you're both unattached, because we never know when or where Cupid will release an arrow, then one of you should find another job or unrelated department in your company to work.
1.Smelly Food - Your creamy pesto shrimp was delicious Saturday night in the restaurant and you've looked forward to heating up the leftovers Monday for lunch. However, your co-workers may not appreciate the entire office smelling like the bilge of a shrimp boat all afternoon. The candles you lit to alleviate the smell only make it worse. Keep smelly foods at home.
2. Betrayal - Although the names have changed from the all-time classic backstabbing to throwing-someone-under-the-bus, or selling-down-the-river, since the time of Judas, betraying someone's confidence or trust in you has never been pretty. And in the business world, it's downright ugly and can be deadly to a career. Anytime you sense something you could say or do would make another person look bad, hold your horses. There are many ways to address actions you perceive as unbecoming privately with the person rather than openly betraying their confidence in you. Obviously, if you know of a crime being committed in the workplace, that's under another heading altogether.
3. Being Negative - As humans, it's hard to be Miss Pollyanna and upbeat and infectiously happy 24-7, and everyone understands low energy or days when a body simply feels a little lower emotionally. But a practice of ongoing and routine negativity in the workplace will spread like the rotten apple in the barrel and complicate things for everyone. Others aren't going to coddle for very long and tiptoe around you. No job in America is a prison (unless it's a prison inmate job of course) and you're free to seek employment elsewhere if you're negative about your co-workers, boss, or the company in general. If you hate your job, disgruntled and unsatisfied don't' let the door hit you on the way out, more important than whatever your position is you should seek happiness for yourself.
4. Loose Lips Sink Ships - Gossip. This ties into negativity and betrayal nicely, while some are predisposed to hear juicy details of various nefarious episodes of others lives, being a gossip and wallowing in the misdeeds or misfortunes of others will always make you look spiteful and negative, every time. Know and understand the profound differences in hearing and repeating gossip. We can't always shut our ears off, or escape the corner in the breakroom when gossip is in the air, but we can all control our own lips. Choose wisely.
5. Let others speak for you don't be a Bragger. Bragging can bring you down. The old football coach Joe Paterno once remarked as the age of end zone celebrations got underway in the 70s, "when you reach the end zone, act like you've been there before." Of course, no one resents your plaques, awards and trophies on display in your office and true enough they speak loudly to your ability to set and accomplish goals and pass career and company milestones. Let those awards and others speak for you, you don't have to run around the bases jumping wildly with every hit. Keep your ego in check, maintain an air of modesty and humbleness about you. You'll rack up even more awards.
Quite simply, the Golden Rule is so named because when you treat others as you'd like to be treated everything usually works out well. Always understand that no matter who you are or what you've accomplished, you can be replaced.
Be considerate, kind and helpful, turn away from negativity, gossip and betrayals and the hours, weeks and years at your job will be productive and profitable for everyone involved.