Work is a very important aspect of every adult. It is quite weird to be an adult without one. Even the rich work, because by nature man was wired to work.
The good book’s verdict about work is quite straightforward: Anyone who doesn’t work with his hands must not eat.
Work is expected to be enjoyed, help shape your character, stretch you and provide you a sense of fulfillment. However a lot of us don’t find the joy in our work, simply because we don’t really understand who our employers are.
Below is key information about your employers which will help you get the best out of your career.
#1 WHEN YOU GO DOWN, YOU GO DOWN ALONE, BUT WHEN YOUR EMPLOYER GOES DOWN, THEY GO DOWN WITH YOU.
I have seen over and over again situations where employees, in their bid to register certain displeasure do things to hurt the business which puts food on their very table.
You also have others who focus on quick gains, exploiting the corporation they work for, in order to satiate their immediate selfish desires.
What you need to realize is that, your employer is like a tall tree with branches on which you sit, even if there are thorns on the branch, you don’t cut it off. Because once you cut it off, the branch won’t come down alone, you will also experience the fall of your life.
The truth is that the tree will be able to grow another branch, but you may experience permanent disability if even you manage to survive.
Acts like stealing, corruption, harassment and office politics will stifle a company for a while, but in the long run, you will be the sore loser.
When you are caught up in all manner of vices , you will be sacked. The consequences are dire if you a bread winner.Even if your irresponsible actions end up collapsing the business of your employer, you won’t have a job as well.
And don’t get is twisted that, you will easily land another job, not with a bad reputation! No employer would want to take on someone who can wreck their business.
#2 YOU CAN’T SUCCEED WITHOUT THE TWO “Ls”
You may wonder why some people get promoted faster whilst others keep warming the same chairs for several years without progress.
It all boils down to the two Ls: LEGACY AND LEARNINGS
Legacy is about what you would be known for in your current role.
Learnings is about what key lessons or insights you have picked from your current role that will enable you to become a better and more effective employee in the future.
You always have to ask yourself: What Legacy am I leaving? & What have I Learnt?
If you cannot answer the Legacy and Learnings question clearly and concisely, know that you are going nowhere with your career! You are just a bench warmer.
Remember that your legacy is the benefit your employer gets from you and Learnings are the benefits you get from your employer. When you find the right balance between your legacy and Learnings, you will be unstoppable.
#3 YOU DON’T WORK FOR YOUR EMPLOYERS, YOU WORK WITH THEM.
This not just some word pun, it is the absolute truth and the secret to succeeding in your career with your employers.
When you only see yourself as working for your employers, you tend to magnify only the perceived benefit your employer gets from you and that leads to a feeling of being exploited. Hence you don’t go the extra mile and hardly sees how being excellent with your work benefits you.
After all it is said that employees do just enough in order to keep their jobs whilst employers pay just enough in order not to lose their employees.
When you think that you are only working for your employers, you don’t see the responsibility of developing yourself, you tend to be paternalistic, expecting your employer to identify your development needs and providing you the necessary training to enable you do your job.
However if you see yourself as working with your employers, it breeds a paradigm shift I like to refer to as “Partnership Mentality”
In this partnership mentality, you see yourself as someone with the relevant skills to help your employer to succeed, and your employer in turn pays you for the excellent services you render for them.
This mentality will drive you to always strive to be on top of your game. You would want to be the best in that field for which you are employed.
Hence you take your development into your own hands, investing in books seminars, newsletter subscription etc. which will give you insights into the latest trends in your chosen career field. You are also very active in engaging your employer to facilitate key training programmes which will make you even more efficient and effective as a trusted partner.
The beauty of having the partnership mentality is that you don’t feel frustrated when you don’t get the right support and cooperation from your employer. Because you are always on top of your game, you know you can always dust your CV and find another partner who will appreciate more the value and experience you bring on board.
Y#4 YOUR EMPLOYER IS NOT YOUR PARENTS, YOU NEED TO BE RESOURCEFUL TO KEEP THE RELATIONSHIP GOING
You are likely to find in many organizations employees who are very bitter and continue to spew all manner of negativity about their employers.
These are people I call “yesterday’s heroes”. They have lost touch with the reality of the current demands of their industry and rather enjoy carrying the feeling of betrayal by their employers. They believe they had paid their dues some years ago and hence even if they are currently exhibiting gross incompetence, their employers still needs to celebrate them and perhaps erect a statue in honor of their past exploits.
There are others who also believe they have legitimate reasons not to perform effectively in their current roles, and candidly expect their employers to “understand”. That is an absolute far cry from reality!
Your consumers won’t understand if you churn out sub quality products, they won’t be loyal and stick with your mess because of the past wonderful experience you provided; in fact they will switch to your competition even before you know it.
That is the same way you must begin to see your employer.
Your employer is not your family. They cannot overlook your blunders and inefficiencies and accept you “just as you are”. It is purely business,a matter of survival of the fittest. You either add value to your employer or find your way out.
Co operations which tried playing the role of family instead of business were decimated by the winds of extinction. Business is business. Period!!
#5 THE FACT: YOUR EMPLOYERS CAN SURVIVE WITHOUT YOU.
THE QUESTION: CAN YOU SURVIVE WITHOUT YOUR EMPLOYERS?
Successful Corporations are built to move on easily. That is the only way for them to be in business. They have proper structures which ensure they survive no matter who joins or leaves them. The bottom line is that you are not indispensable. You can easily be replaced with a more efficient talent.
Many of us are oblivious to how much we are so dependent on our employers. We cannot survive a month without the salary our employers. Your aim as an employer is for you to be able to wean yourself off overdependence on your employers. See the benefits you receive from your employers as seeds to trigger your own financial freedom. Invest the seed in building yourself, buy some monetary instruments and begin to generate some alternative income streams.
Your primary aim is to be able to survive without your salary for a month, and then take it to 3 months, 6 months and then a year. Once you can live without your salary or a year, you are on the sure way to financial independence.
I hope you become a better and effective employee as you reflect on the above nuggets. I wish you all the best.
From the desk of ROL
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