It’s Work, Show Up Like a Grown Up

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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. 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 workstation 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

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.

No matter how you feel about the work you do, the people you work with, and those for whom you do the work, you must be a grown up about it.  We all have inalienable rights to freedom and the pursuit of happiness. At the same time, we have a responsibility to give our best efforts in all we do. When it comes to work it is not acceptable to do a shoddy job, to do a partial job, or to do less than we agreed when we accepted the job or work assignment. Giving our best efforts is not extra, it is not unreasonable, and it is simply unacceptable to do less.

While it is true that our children and others watch how we behave at work and model their behavior based upon what they see us do.  Those are good reasons to show up like a grown up at work and do your best. But, they are not the best reasons. The best reason is that we owe it to ourselves to do our best. If you do intentionally do less than your best today, it makes it easy for you to rationalize doing less than your best tomorrow. If this behavior continues, you may find yourself slipping into and accepting mediocracy in al you do.

So, the question for you this wonderful day is what are your tips for showing up like a grown up at work?

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14 thoughts on “It’s Work, Show Up Like a Grown Up”

  1. This is a great tip! When you get into the habit of taking responsibility and not blaming others or relying on others to do your work, you are a much better employee and person.

  2. It really is easy to be lazy when you work from home. But we have to find a way to get up and get done the work.

  3. Yes. When we are at work we are part of a team and we must pull our own weight and not burden the rest of the team.

  4. Yes, we must remember that our jobs are work and we have to behave as if we appreciate them. The workday is not the place for childish ways.

  5. This is such a beautiful article and this is really happening in the reality. I’ve seen a lot of people working responsibly and irresponsibly. Whether we are young or not when it comes to work we should be responsible and professional in doing our tasks, don’t be a burden to your team, be a blessing instead.

  6. Seriously, it is so detrimental to the team to have someone who doesn’t act like an adult at work. It causes so much stress for everyone else.

  7. Yes, when you are at work you definitely need to act like an adult no matter how you feel.

  8. Yes, these are true! I try to be more responsible and disciplines as I face my laptop everyday. It’s so easy to be lazy when you work at home.

  9. Work ethic is so important and something I’m trying really hard to instill in my teenagers. It’s not so ready but I keep on trying!

  10. My biggest tip for being a grownup at work is not to pass the buck. If you don’t know how to do something, don’t just pawn it off on someone else, try to learn how to take care of it yourself.

  11. You are absolutely right. Slacking off and not doing your best one day will lead to the same to happen again and again.

  12. I agree that you should always act like an adult while at work. There is a time for play and a time for work. I think it’s important while working to be professional.

  13. I far too often see adults act like kids at work. Sometimes the kids are more mature! I think everyone should read this!!

  14. I’ve known some young people who showed up like an adult, and I’ve known some older people who showed up like a child. There are many from different age groups who can learn from the other.

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