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Show Up Like A Grown-Up At Work

When it comes to work, it is wonderful to show up like a grown-up. A basic reality of life is that many of us must work for a living. Some of us work for others and some of us work for ourselves. No matter which is the case, the fact remains that we must work to earn a living.

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When you must work for a living it is important for you to show up like a grown-up.  Grown-ups are responsible, mature, and able to handle the responsibilities of work.  Look at the following differences between children at work and grown-ups at work:

Children at work:
  • show up just before work starts or late
  • play around all day
  • refuse to accept any extra assignments
  • counter-productive in team tasks
  • treat work as if it is a playground

Adults at work:

  • show up at work station at least 15 minutes before start time
  • work throughout the day
  • accept extra assignments within reason
  • are a valuable part of team assignments
  • treat work as if what is being done is important

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The economy is improving and in many industries, finding a job is easier today than it has been for quite a while. That does not change the fact that if you want to remain gainfully employed or want to continue operating a successful business, you must, without exception, show up like a grown-up every day and actually work at work. So, the question for you this wonderful day is what are your tips for showing up like a grown-up at work?

Janeane Davis

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  • I show up by doing things in a timely fashion, and being conscious of being organized. I'm not a naturally organized person, so I have to make an effort. that's what you do when you're an adult working, though!

  • As a freelancer I need to be reminded all the time to show up like an adult and act like the work I do matters. Just because I'm "just a blogger" doesn't mean I can blow things off or not take it seriously!

    • Sarah, you are right, it is harder to show up like a grown up when you work on your own as a freelancer. But that is just the kind of work where acting like a grown up is most important.

  • You are so right. We may say we are an adult but our adult status will show through our actions. Having a job is so vital right now we must understand how to keep a job and that is being an ADULT.

    Thanks for this great post.


    • Thanks for stopping by. I am glad you liked it.

  • i am so happy i fit in as being an adult at work. Work is hard to find right now and it if foolish to not be smart about your money.

    • Yes, you are right on all your points. I just thought of an old song, "I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind."

  • One of my resolutions is to be early to work. I keep Colossians 3:23-24 posted at work to remind myself it's not about ME but about a Higher Power.

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