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.

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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.

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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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Lois Oluwatosin Tioluwani is a graduate of Covenant University from the department of Sociology. She loves to read, write and listen to music. She loves to care for and encourage people. God is literally her life. Without him she is nothing. It's in him she lives, moves and has her being.

Comments ( 2 )
  1. Gbenga
    April 18, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Thank you for this, Lois. It is enriching and educating.

    I have enjoyed working. I have enjoyed every part of my job. I have enjoyed the changes and challenges, both difficult and pleasuring. While I am where I am, I look out for the best reasons to love what I do and it has helped me put a lot in PERSPECTIVE and give a positive attitude to work. And I think it has helped me love the people I work with and that love has always been reciprocated.

    You might not be loved by everybody but love everybody. You might be disliked by few, but live peaceably with them. There’s a lot of benefit with maintaining good relationships with colleagues & clients. You have every opportunity to increase your social capital, sharpen your communication skills, learn more about what they do, get exposed to happenings within and outside your industry, BECOME MORE VALUABLE THROUGH PROFITABLE CONVERSATIONS, hear from them investment & business opportunities and different other offers.

    Work is good. I mean, you’re paid to create and add value. You’re paid to get lots of experiences on different areas of the business. You’re paid to handle change, manage complexities, lead people & execute projects. You’re paid to learn more about people and get better at relating with them. You’re paid to build a qualitative network of friends and potential business partners. I put all these in perspective when I go to work everyday and it has been fun. Leaving 9-5 to 5-9 has also been fun, once you put all things in the right perspective. Family is the best and I believe a smaller unit of the working space. Maintain that good relationship at home and face everyday exuding positive energy. It will not always be easy as it also requires effort but it’s good

    Thanks again.

    • Lois
      April 18, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Gosh gbenga! your comment is even much more enriching. Thanks!

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