There is no magic about being happy in work but there are certain standards of behaviour to assist in creating an environment more conducive to happiness, to personal success and to career progression.
Employees can only enjoy work by adopting a professional approach in all they do and by striving for professionalism in every aspect of the job and in their dealings with others. This entails having self respect, respect for fellow workers, respect for the company, respect for clients, and respect for the quality of the work they do. Employees should give and should be expected to give 100% in each and every task associated with their position.
Take away respect and there is nothing left. Employees may have all the skills in the world but without respect that is worth nothing. It is the responsibility of management to lead and direct employees in order to ensure their development but it is the responsibility of the employee to be a willing worker, a willing learner and a responsible and enthusiastic person. Employees must be prepared to allow others to mould them and employers must be willing to do the moulding by training and developing employees.
It is important for employees to understand their role in the company, to know where they fit in and at the same time to learn about the core business of the company. This way they can strive for excellence and accept responsibility for their own career.
Here is an exercise you might like to have your employees complete: ask your employees to think about their current position in the company by considering the following
• Why do you go to work each day?
• What does your work and responsibilities at work mean to you?
• What is the most exciting aspect of your job?
• If you could change anything you currently do, what would it be?
• What are your current ambitions?
• What can you contribute to the success of your company?
• What have you contributed so far?
When they have considered these questions get them to complete the following exercise:
Consider your present position. Would you say you are performing as well as you should be?
List all of your personal strengths and weaknesses.
How do your strengths assist you and how do your weaknesses hold you back?
What can you change, why would you change it and do you want to change?
Draw up a written personal development plan to assist in making you perform better to ensure you will be a good role model for others
In order to progress and excel in their careers it is imperative employees get to know themselves and how they relate and interact with others. Working with and interacting with others will lead to differences of opinion and even conflict. It is how they deal with such conflict that determines the sort of person they are.
Conflict can be destructive or it can be constructive. Encourage others not to shy away from conflict but rather embrace it, learn from it and use it as a building block to self development. Conflict is an opportunity to express a point of view and above all it is an opportunity to listen and learn from others. Being a member of a team, employees can only be effective if they can interact constructively with others.
“No man is an island” – it is impossible to work in any environment without interacting with others. This must be done constructively.
Des Squire is the Managing Member of AMSI and ASSOCIATES
Des may be contacted on 082 800 9057 or firstname.lastname@example.org