When it comes to work, it is wonderful to show up like a grown up.
Work is a place for real people to do real things. Show you appreciate the importance of the task by showing up like a grown-up and getting things done.
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
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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
Often we make a mistake and show up to work as if it is playtime. Work is not playtime. It is a time to show up and be responsible. As an adult, one of the most responsible things you can do is to get to work on time. If your day starts at 9am you must get to work before 9 am. My husband taught me a saying that he grew up hearing:
To be early is to be on time,needs
To be on time is to be late,
To be late is unacceptable.
The next thing one must do at work if one is an adult is put in a full day of work. Too often people employees and entrepreneurs do not put in afull day at work. Instead they show up late, leave early, take extra long lunches, and avoid work as much as possible. That is not adult behavior. If you have done this in the past, let today be the day you stop. When ou are at work, you owe a full day of work so put in a full day.
Being an adult at work means that sometimes you must take on extra assignments at work, within reason of course. In life circumstances change and what is needed from you at work changes as well. Sometimes you may have to accept extra assignments. When possible, and within reason, do it. These extra assignments may lead to more opportunities, increased pay, or good will.
When you are part of a team at work, pull your weight. Almost everyone has memories of horrible group projects at school where a teammate did not pull her weight. Those teammates were nightmakres. Now that you are an adult at work, be sure to pull your weight when you are on a team project.
Finally, no matter what your job is, behave as if the work you do is important. when we think our work is important, we respect it and do our best to do a good job. No matter what your job is, if it is legal and pays you, the work you do is important, period.
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?