I have been working or a while, and I can’t tell you the things I’ve seen. So this is just a quick list of things to avoid for anyone new to working on the job.
- You’re too honest about everything with everyone….
Example One: “Yeah…so you know that party I was talking about? Man everyone was lit…including Marsha, you know Marsha right? the secretary?!”
Example Two: “I’m tired, I mean some days this job is just too much” (as you fight off a yawn in front of your boss)
Giving too much information can hurt you in one or two ways. On one end, you could lose respect from peers and your boss very easily, which makes you look like less of a contributor and more expendable in case of crisis. On the other hand, the information given can be used against you.
: Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues” (Proverbs 17:28).
Professionalism is vital. How your peers and boss see you matters in the business world, where moves and counter moves are important. In other words, what happens on Saturday stays on Saturday.
2. Your boss is not your friend.
Millennials are fearless. That’s not a bad thing. We envision and make plans and go. Whenever encountering others we often see everyone on the same level as we are. What does this mean? It means we don’t really have an understanding of the hierarchy of power in the world around us especially in the workplace, where there are rapid paces of competition and varying backgrounds and experiences that go far beyond age or ability.
You shouldn’t talk to your boss like they are one of your peers on social media. Respect still works in the 21st century.
Leviticus 19:32 “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the LORD.”
3. Don’t lose yourself at work
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves. (Psalms 127:2)
Your job provides basic needs for living and comfort. There is nothing wrong with work, in fact, the Bible has a serious problem with laziness and sluggards. Having a hunger and drive for your job and like what you do is never a problem, BUT….if that job prioritizes everything else that life has to offer like family time, downtime, or more importantly spending time with God that is when it is a problem.
And actually working all the time can be used against you as well, if your boss is…well..being bossy. 🙂 Your job is not your identity and how much you are paid does not define your value. God does.
Also, let’s not forget what working all the time does to your physical body and mental state. Whether you love that job or not. God wants us rested.
4. No one else is going to speak up for you, but you.
Don’t cower and shrivel up when you have to ask your boss a question or send in a request for a timeout for goodness sake. You may need to reread #3 again.
Oh yeah, this could also apply in situations where you feel you are being accused or misrepresented. You and (God) are your best defense.
5. Education does matter, having the right degree speaks volumes.
I cannot tell you how many times, a person has been slighted (having all the hours and not degree, and not the proper pay) for positions they have applied for. If you want to move into another field at your workplace, take the time to learn and apply yourself. Ask for training opportunities, apply for a couple of courses at community college or online. Be better and you will earn better.
6. Always be mindful of what you contribute to your workplace
You are valuable, you have to be or else you would not have gotten the job. Always make note of why you are there and why you are needed in a place. It will count in the hard times.
7. Don’t be afraid of work.
“One and done” is not a working strategy. Be a team player. Remember there isn’t an I in a team but there is one in missed opportunity.
8. MOST IMPORTANTLY: Follow the dress code and stop trying to cut corners. It’s not a game of chicken to see what you can get away with.
Am I missing anything? Tell me! Tell me!