Bring your Value to the Organisation (Succes at Work Series)

For most of us, we seek progress in our workplace. Reasons for this may include wanting a higher pay, more opportunities to learn new things or even as simple as wanting to be better your peers.

Whatever the intent or motivation that drives you, we need to know how we can make this progress happen. You heard it right, progress is given but only to those that are worthy of the responsibilities that come with it.

In order to progress, there has to be a history of good work contributed. Now, whether you do it sincerely (good work) or just simply to “earn” the progress, there is difference. Doing it sincerely is definitely more sustainable. It ties back to the saying of “If you love what you do, it is never work”. Thus, you will be able to last longer in this pursuit of progress.

So how do you do good work?

You need to know where your value lies in. With knowledge of this, you will be able to set forth actionable steps to improve your organisation. This is important because every business organisations exist to produce profits. The more improvements an organisation can make, the better the chance of surviving and thriving in an ever increasing competitive environment.

What are some of the values you can bring to your organisation?

For example, if you are a meticulous person and you love details, you can review the administrative processes to see how you can tweak to ensure that only relevant information are recorded, so as to increase efficiency.

Another example would be that if you are a great communicator, you can aspire to works towards aligning the vision of the company with your teammates. Through motivation and leadership by example, the team may become more focused and effective, thus bringing good results to the organisation, which is very good work.

Remember, without good work and positive contribution to your organisation, it is not easy for the organisation to realize the value you may possess. And if you are able to consistently produce good work sincerely, any good organisations will appreciate and reward you with the progress you DESERVE.

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Resist the temptation to COMPLAIN (Always Forward Series Part 3)

When things do not go right, we always have the tendency to do one thing – complain. This is the first response for most of us humans.

This is unfortunate because not only is it counterproductive, complaining usually makes us feel worse off emotionally.

Why do we “like” to complain or choose to complain? I guess it is because it is the easiest thing to do. It kinda gives us the justification that the next logical step to take is not from us, our end but that someone or something that we are complaining about. It gives us a reason to not think creatively because the issue is not with us, or so we would love to think.

When an employee does not perform as required, it is not uncommon to see employers blaming them for their incompetence but seldom see them take ownership and reflect if their instructions to their employees were clear enough. Complaining helps defray the complainant’s responsibility from having to take proactive actions.

So what is the alternative?

Without complicating it unnecessarily, it is as simple as take a step back, reflect and look for avenues where you can make a change or tweak to effect a better outcome. Instead of asking why, learn to ask what? Instead of why is he or why the external is the cause, ask what can I, the only constant in the equation, do in future to facilitate a more favourable outcome.

In the example above, instead of blaming the employee for his incompetence, look for areas where you can guide him towards effective work. This is, of course, taking into consideration that the individual is willing to commit to learn.

Lesser complaints also make us happier human beings. It saves us from unnecessary emotions that do not serve anyone, especially the complainant.

It is not easy but it is not hard either. It is a habit and the more we practice it, the better we become at it!