MY 9-5 JOB (Pt. 2)
Just as we discussed in our last episode on how important it is to have the right attitude towards your job, there is another factor you should put into consideration while at your job. I’m sure you can’t wait to read.
Have you met certain people at your work place who everyone hates or tries to avoid? Well you can’t afford to be that guy. And just before you run off to think I’m going to advocate for people pleasing, let me explain what I mean.
You see, it is a known fact that you can’t please everybody at the same time. In fact, that shouldn’t be your focus because people pleasing only makes you look like someone that doesn’t have personal values and strength. However, it is important that you have a good relationship with your colleagues and your boss. You may have your differences, but try as much as possible to keep a level head with these people. Imagine your boss gives you an assignment with an almost impossible deadline. You already know you can’t meet up if you work on the assignment alone. You need the help of others in getting the job done so as to meet the deadline. Co-workers can be such a great source of help and assistance, they can support and even push you to be better at your job. Not only that, they can give you heads up about any move the management might want to make which may not be in your favor- hence helping you prepare and ward off any danger coming your way.
Let me give an example. Imagine if the organization you work for is about to retrench staff and for whatever reason your name appears on their list. If someone gets to know about this move, and you are in a good relationship with that person, he or she might just be so concerned for you and give you heads up long before the day of retrenchment comes. This gives you ample time to work out strategies to ensure your job is not taken away from you.
Like I said earlier colleagues can assist you with meeting up with crazy deadlines. There are emails ‘sent by me’ which I actually didn’t send myself sometimes because I leave my laptop in the office and then a message comes in that I have to attend to before the following day. I simply just call one of my “Padis” and plead with them to get the job done for me. That way, the recipient sees me as the sender of the mail meanwhile someone else actually sent it on my behalf. The truth is your boss just wants the job done. So imagine if there was no one I could call for help, if I had fought with every single person at work, and they all began avoiding me. I would be in serious trouble the following day for not doing what I was asked.
So in essence, try as much as possible to maintain good relationships at work and even outside your job. Don’t be the person that always has a heated argument with a different person every day. Live peaceably with all men!
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