For the recent months, I have been traveling from one place to another on a job assignment. In this special project, I have to pull all my resources from past experience as an HR Specialist, Head of Department, Management, Marketer, Counsellor, Strategist, to resolve some messy issues.
I was known to leaving no stones unturned and always acting in the best interest of the firm as opposed to individual interest. I am no angel but I know that I would do the best that I can at any given situation. By doing so, it is no wonder if I happened to step on a few stubborn toes. However, I must first qualify myself; I’m not perfect nor am I a miss-know-it-all, but I do know enough to qualify myself to advise and act professionally.
I discovered that people who are obsessively territorial will not only create hostility at the workplace but cause deep-seated animosity amongst colleagues. Such territorial feeling comes from a sense of insecurity or inferiority. Most workers would want to secure their positions in the company and would do their best to not allow another person get near to that “hot seat”. As the feeling of insecurity escalates, politicking to create rival teams internally to go after each other’s throats will be next. Then, comes all sorts of distorted reporting about one another, so on and so forth.
If an employee is very good at what he/she does, he/she should be a mentor to the subordinates and peers. Why do I say that is simply because, when there is a chance for advancement or promotion, you may be the right candidate as your employer can see your good job, work attitude and leadership. You have also prepared your successor well to take over the baton to allow you to progress further. No Risk No Return.
Having said that, be a mentor to your peers or subordinates. Regardless of ranks, different people may see and do things differently and will come up with different solutions and ideas. I would encourage you to capitalize and leverage on existing pool of resources. Show to your bosses that you are ready to move up to take on additional responsibilities and undertake a more challenging position. It is achievable, trust yourself.
Another important point is when employees make any kind of mistakes, not many of them would be honest enough to admit them and seek guidance. One most common and natural reaction is that the employee would automatically switched to defensive mode and cry fouls when action is taken against them. Next, comes the accusing finger-pointing at people around them. We are all born with good conscience. We either choose the right or wrong path. People always thought that no one really knows what’s going on and that they can escape from watchful eyes. No matter how far one tries to run and escape, the truth will soon catch up with you.
Now, if you sincerely want that promotion and recognition, it’s not so tough after all. Neither do I say it is easy. Just do what is right, be respectful of your colleagues and be not afraid to share your experience and knowledge. I always believe that when you share, God will grant you more knowledge. If our glass is always full, you can’t fill up any more. In order to receive more, you must first pour out some to make space.
Life is all about risks. The risk of sharing your knowledge is a risk worth taking. It may turn out to your advantage or it may not. From my experience, rewards come in many forms and at different time. Sometimes, it is immediate but sometimes much later. It is not all about your timing. More of God’s timing.
So, when you are trusted to carry out any task or job, always do your very best in it. What you sow, is what you reap. Remember always, things and events happen for a reason. Don’t blame anyone but to ask yourself what you could have done differently to make it better the next time. Never ever take anything and anyone, including your colleagues and bosses for granted. Be a team member and help to create a better workplace for yourself and your colleagues. If you do so, you will work more happily.
All the best for the new year! May 2013 be a more successful year for you and may your career soar higher and closer to your dream!
~ Alice N.