“Employees rank as the Number 1 cause of consistent stress among employers.”
A very stunning, but sad reality in today’s workplace. Communication issues run rampant, expectations in performance deteriorate to simply “acceptance” of whatever performance the employee provides. Dreams of excellence quickly turn into “settling” for mediocre completion and delays on deadlines. This further spirals into the owners of the company becoming “reactive” to what the day brings, instead of acting upon the proactive powerhouse promises that often fill the seminar retreats and motivational webinars.
As an employee, you hold a stronger role in the culture of the organization than you think. Below are the three mastered habits of highly effective employees from a CEO perspective:
1. Let your performance do the talking: All too often we hear campaign promises about employees who swear that they are the most “hard working, loyal, committed to excellence” candidates we’ve ever seen. Only to find out after they are hired that they are full of excuses, missed expectations, and inflated truths about their skills and abilities. The most effective employees talk less and show more. Consistent execution of the tasks you were hired for will provide the Executive staff the inspiration they need to believe that the corporate goals they set for the company were well placed when they hired you. Do what you do because you said you could do it. Let that be the basis for your motivation.
2. Stop Judging and Start Working: As a former employee, I know personally that employed staff is notorious for gossiping and passing judgment on things they know very little about. Assumptions are made about how “hard” or “not hard” the company Executives are working. What the Executives know and what they don’t know about business and decision making. However, here’s the reality from the CEO chair:
a. Running a business is never going to be a perfect science. The systems aren’t perfect, the Executives aren’t perfect, and neither are the hired employees for the business. You’ll never get rid of the corporate politics. They are what they are. However, it is the CEO that made the decision to assume the risk of running the company. The Executive team also assumed the risk of hiring you. Therefore, do not disappoint on your part of the equation. Better performance from you will alleviate a MAJOR concern from the executive chair, which will pave the way for other important decisions to be properly made. There are many things not disclosed to employees because they either aren’t necessary for the work required to be performed, or they are simply matters not reserved for disclosure to those hired on the team. Whatever the reason, be content with that reality and do your part. Don’t judge what you don’t know, and you’ll secure a long future for yourself and the company you work for.
3. Be committed: Commitment means not just doing the basics to get by. Commitment means discarding the excuses for your poor performance. After all, it is your integrity on the line regardless of whomever is the acting Executive over you and the company. You may not agree with everything that they do, and yes, they often have issues of their own to navigate. However, such is not a license for you to throw away your own integrity and commitment to excellence. Make the environment within your sphere of influence a positive one. Create the environment around you that represents who you are as a person. Don’t let those around you, or worse yet, your perception of those around you cause you to not be who you said you are. Master your own environment, and you’ll subconsciously give permission to others to do the same.
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