How to be effective at work and do meaningful work

How to be effective at work and do meaningful work?

Guts and gungho-ness.

Of course, it is important to have the right understanding and principles in order to do good work.

However, fear paralyses and unwillingness to make a call or have critical assessment of a particular matter will only hamper progress at work.

Having said that, guts and gungho-ness have its drawbacks. If coupled with the wrong understanding, the work done may be incorrect. And without the right principles, the guts and gungho-ness may just be seen as arrogance.

Thus, if you believe that you have reaonsably understood the big picture and have a right set of principles, do not let fear paralyse you. Move ahead and execute. Be gutsy and gungho.

If things are done with honest intention and careful consideration, it would be great work or a good lesson for your career.

Indecision and inaction only encourages poor habits at work.

This style of work is not the usual please-your-bosses-and-suck-up-to-them. This style of work may not be a crowd favourite because in wanting to get work done, sometimes, you will have plough through the politics. But if you want to do real work, you gotta cut the BS out of work and focus on work itself.

We are not employed to please our co-workers and bosses. Respect will be given to those who are genuine at work. Basic respects to management. And that’s about it.

And for me, to do meaningful work and to have meaning at work are very important to me. That’s the reason why I left my last place of work and went to drive a taxi while I look for new opportunities. I will never be a slave to an organisation that do not appreciate value.

Be encouraged. Even during this CB period, we will never be slave to our companies. We must endeavour to give our best and similarly, we will judge our companies by their efforts in doing their best for us. Never let the fear of losing your job stop you from providing genuine value at work. And never find excuses for yourself.

Genuine hard workers will never die hungry. We may have a more humble lifestyle but that is a life that I am happy to have, rather than to be in fake place pleasing others and doing pointless work.

Be gutsy, be gungho, do good work and be true to yourself.

Appreciate the ability and capacity to dream

Dream

This virus has shown many that we are all deeply connected. The prosperity of the top percentile elevates and sustains the lifestyles for the rest of us.

When there is innovation, there would be jobs and improvements in our lives. But in good times, these are probably overlooked. While there may be some level of unfair disparity, which can be easily exacerbated by bad Government, the general outcome of an innovative business is that it brings good value to our lives.

When businesses (rich) suffer, it will have an impact on the rest (workers in the economy).

The tricky part of the equation is to make sure there is a good balance (between business’ interests as well as the general population’s interests), so as to support innovation and growth, and mitigate potential social issues.

The security of a job (provided for by a business) afford most of us the ability and capacity to dream, so that an individual can aspire to move up the social ladder and become a boss one day.

But when the security of a job is affected (bad virus outbreak), it could lead to potential problems in the society because everyone would then have to fight for their right to survive. The scenario depicted in the movie, Contagion, is very plausible.

I am not a businessman. I don’t own a thriving business. I am worker bee myself. The point of this post is that, knowing that your companies need you as much as you need them, we have to appreciate the work companies are doing to hold on to jobs, so that we (businesses and workers) do not come out worse off after the whole Covid-19 situation. It would not be rosy but it should not be dire.

Let’s continue to be grateful and thankful. Let’s stay positive and strong, and help our company and our country get back onto their feet through this crisis. Only then can we begin to dream once again.