Yes, it’s true—not all of us have the drive to be entrepreneurs. Some of us go to work for someone else and, in its own way, is an honor to be a part of a team that supports the mission and vision of an employer you believe is worth working for. But what happens when the job “honeymoon” ends? How do you behave when honorable duty becomes a mundane chore? What kind of employee do you become? How does your employer really see you?
Working in the Human Resources, I’ve come across all kinds of employees over the years—from the most dedicated, knowledgeable, self-motivated, team players to the most self-entitled, lazy, complainers with poor attitudes. All of us fall somewhere within these characteristics, but not all of us are aware of where, in reality, we stand. We have a certain perception of ourselves as employees, but is it as evident as we believe it to be? How are we being perceived professionally by our coworkers and our boss?
Recently, while at work, I came across a brochure for an HR conference, published by the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), regarding how to deal with problem employees. Within their pamphlet, they had a section listing types of problem employees that employers typically deal with. Prior to reading it, I truly believed I was the ideal employee. However, as I began reading through the descriptions of these “problem employees,” I had a rude wake-up call. I could suddenly see little bits of myself in many of the examples before me. As unintentional as my behavior was, simply realizing that I was acting in certain ways helped me to significantly refine my behavior at work. I’m hoping to do the same for you.
So, here we go! Are you any of the following?
Antagonist: Is rude and unpleasant to coworkers, vendors and customers.
Blameless Bob: Always has an excuse for everything.
Whiner: Complains no matter what he or she is asked to do.
Thumb-Twiddler: Lacks motivation and initiative.
Insubordinate Subordinate: Challenges you in front of other workers and managers.
Tortoise: Shows up late or not at all.
Amy Attitude: Has negative attitude that brings everybody down.
Hand-Holder: Needs constant supervision.
Early Retiree: Has been around awhile and is beginning to practice on-the-job retirement.
Worrywart: Has personal problems that infringe on the workday.
Clock-Watcher: Refuses to work weekends or even a minute beyond “quitting time”—even during deadline crunches.
I’m sure as you read through these, certain coworkers and colleagues came to mind. But what about you? Are you any of these?
If you are employed, just remember you are blessed to have a job! There are so many people who are unemployed, struggling, wishing for the job that you so easily take for-granted. Let’s be a blessing to our employers, regardless if you feel they pay you enough or not. If you agreed to work, then why not go above and beyond? Strive for excellence in every area of your life, including work. You will experience honor and favor that will be always be worth your while!