I was reading this article about Employee Appreciation Day and while I was reading it I kept thinking about how many people complain to me about not being appreciated. When I take a closer look at the people complaining, they all have one thing in common. None of them seem to effectively demonstrate the tips mentioned in the article. However the people who I’ve worked with who do demonstrate these tips seem to always be advancing. If I was asked to give career advice to a young person it would be this: Follow these tips and weekly or monthly write down how you accomplished them.
Here are some examples of how I follow some of my favorite tips:
• Demonstrate initiative – One of my biggest pet peeves is when someone capable says “that’s not my job”. As long as you are not violating company controls you should always be willing to help out and jump in wherever you can.
• Learn new things – Since youth I’ve been a firm believer in you should strive to learn something new every day.
• Share Credit – Whenever I’m referring to things that are going right I make sure to use “We” instead of “I”.
• Admit when you make a mistake – While I share the credit for things that are going right I make sure to accept responsibility for my mistakes.