There are certainly many different approaches to work, a job, and your career. Some care little about a career, only seeking a means of income to pay the bills. What are your job demands? Are you looking for a career or just a paycheck?
People sometimes call it Karma, others just a bad twist of fate. Do you get back what you put in? Is your connection with your job paying off?
What You Asked For
Most would like to work at an organization where the boss is energetic, farsighted, and encouraging. Most hope for future opportunities, to do the right thing, and are willing to put in the extra effort.
On top of that many seek camaraderie with co-workers, they want to be around others who are interesting, who help inspire, and those who are productive.
They expect the work to be challenging, to grow and learn because of it, and to create or do work that really matters. These same people don’t seek the easiest job, but the path that will help them grow and to build something bigger or better.
They probably also expect future opportunities, a chance to make a greater difference, and to increase their income across time. They are willing to work hard for respect, to be a trusted adviser, and to make a positive impact.
When this defines you, you probably aren’t looking for the stick in the mud, the person who hides and cowers, or the bully who threatens anyone who challenges the status quo.
What are your job demands? What are the requirements that bring you back day after day to take on the challenge of work that makes you proud?
When your purpose is to make a difference, build something together, and fulfill the obligations of the customer it may not be hard to get what you ask for. Your biggest challenge may be to find the community of co-workers who are seeking the same.
When people are focused on exceeding customer expectations and are doing it together, the job demands feel worthwhile.
More importantly, you’ll always get back what you put in. It is exactly what you asked for.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.