Martin Luther King Jr. and Being the Perfect Employee!
As we celebrate the life and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we can apply his values to our own life and careers. The following is a career article that will give you the tools to be the in-demand perfect employee while living the values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. The Martin Luther King, Jr. quotes applies to point two. Enjoy!
Career Advice: Five Career Secrets to Becoming the Perfect Employee That Everyone Wants – Part One
With ever increasing deadlines, decreasing resources, and changing workplaces, sometimes it can be challenging to be a good employee, much less a perfect employee. The employee who can rise above the everyday problems and embrace challenges will be the person that every employer wants.
The following are five career development secrets to being the perfect employee everyone wants:
- Respect - Respect others with whom you work everyday. What is respect? Respect comes in many different forms. The following are just a few examples:
Respect fellow employees as individuals with unique ideas and thoughts that may be different from yours. This diversity of ideas may seem a little different at first, but that is how we produce better solutions. “Group think” often gets you nowhere fast. Embrace diversity of thought so that you are open minded for better solutions.
Respect fellow employees by greeting them in the morning. Many times I hear from employees who say that certain co-workers make it unpleasant in the office because they seldom say “Good Morning” or “Hello,” don’t smile, and are just plain nasty to fellow co-workers. Take the time to give a pleasant greeting to your co-workers even when you may be having a difficult time. You will be known as someone who is pleasant to work with, and guess what; more opportunities will come your way. Also, you can break out of a bad mood and become more productive at work if you are pleasant to others.
Respect the work of others. Appreciate the time and efforts of co-workers and let them know. You may not agree on the final product, but you can respect the time and effort put into the project.
Respect others by practicing the Golden Rule…well sort of. The Golden Rule states “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Well, there are many people, because of their poor self-esteem, who like to be “dumped on” emotionally and physically. If we follow the Golden Rule, does that mean that these same people should “dump on” their fellow co-workers? Of course not! Treat your co-workers with the utmost respect and appreciation they deserve.
- Knowledge - Knowledge is the key. The workplace is constantly changing. Even the look of change is changing. Also, change is happening faster and faster. Just look around you in society, work, and technology. The only way to master change is to gain the knowledge to be ahead of change.
Take the time to learn not only about your present job, but also about your future job opportunities. This will make you a more valuable employee. Also, take time to learn about the job that is one level above your present position. When this position becomes available, you will be in a better position to receive a promotion. (To read the complete article go to (Career Tips)