If you are out of work, take the time to make your family stronger and better. It is not easy to be out of work. Some people shut down and close themselves off from family when they are out of work. This is a mistake. If you are out of work, step up and use this time to make your family stronger, better and closer. You will be glad you did.
You Have the Time – Work to Make Your Family Stronger and Better
Work is important. There is no doubt about. However, most of us work in order to make life better for ourselves and our families. Often we spend so much time at work that we have nothing left for our families when we get home at the end of the day. This is not a complaint, merely a statement of fact. It takes time, lots of time to build a successful career or business. Since there are only 24 hours in each day each extra hour that gets added to the 8 hour work day must be deducted from time spent at home with the family. While family members understand that you must work in order to provide for the family, it still hurts when you miss dinners, school plays and athletic events.
It is natural to be embarrassed or even angry when you find yourself between jobs. It may even feel natural to turn away from family. It may even seem like a good idea to try to avoid family and potential embarrassment about being out of work. This is a mistake. It would be much better to turn towards family and find ways to make family bonds stronger and the relationships better. Even if your family relationships are all perfect, it is still good to work to make them stronger and better. Think of it like building a house, no one ever complains that the foundation is too strong!
It is wonderful to learn that if you want to succeed at work, you must learn to respect authority. In the military services there is an idea called chain of command. Chain of command is a way of doing things so that those at the top of the organizational chart direct and control the actions of those below them. All authority and decision-making rests at the top of the chart. This idea is important in the workplace because those at the top are the ones with the power and authority to hire, fire, sign paychecks and decide how day-to-day operations will be handled. In the normal course of things this means the owner of the company or the company president or even supervisors get to voice their opinions on how things will be handled and those decisions expect their decisions to be followed. Problems arise when those at the bottom of the organizational chart think they know better and do not respect those in authority.
It is common for people of a certain generation to say that respect must be earned not given. At the same time, those of previous generations feel that respect comes with position. These two views are often at odds in the workplace. When those in authority in an organization feel that respect comes with position, they are reluctant to listen to or give much weight to the ideas, thoughts and plans of those at the bottom of the organizational chart. Similarly, those of the mindset that respect must be earned and not freely given find it difficult to obey the desires of those at the top of the organizational chart and often think they know much better how things should be done. No matter which of these two camps you fall into, you must find a way to work with those on the other side. Continue reading →
Realize that when it comes to work you need to show up like a grown up! Each day, all across America people get up and go to work. For some of those people it is the last day of work because they are fired. One reason people are fired is that refuse to show up like a grown up and work at work. It is important to always keep in mind that work is something grown-ups do. If you want to continue to work with your employer, you must be above reproach.
When grown ups come to work, they do several things:
- show up on time
- behave as if they are a role model for those around them
- show up with a good attitude
- put forth their best efforts with all they do
- show up prepared to work
- do a good job
- respect those in authority
- behave with kindness and integrity
- lead with authority, not intimation
- show appreciation for the job you have