Employees Love Your Work
“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” -Steve Jobs
I landed my first career job in 1988. Ever since, I always love what I do. I always strive for excellence and I give my 100% all the time, every time. I hope you do the same regardless of who your manager is. If you have a good, encouraging, servant-leader manager, it’s easy to love what you do.
Working with a bad manager is really difficult. My advise, love what you do anyway.
… working with micro-manager, love what you do anyway.
… working with don’t care manager, love what you do anyway.
… working with bully manager, love what you do anyway.
… working with workaholic manager, love what you do anyway.
… working with divisive manager, love what you do anyway.
… working with manager with favoritism, love what you do anyway.
… working with by-the-book and by-the-numbers manager, love what you do anyway.
… working with everything is a priority manager, love what you do anyway.
… working with dictator manager, love what you do anyway.
… working with criticizer manager, love what you do anyway.
… working with no-family-concern manager, love what you do anyway.
The crux of the working men and women is working with bad manager that is why some choose to be self-employed or become business owners.
For the time being, just think about yourself. Be patient and persevere especially if you have mouths to feed, and mortgage to pay. I know day by day working with difficult managers will drain you physically and emotionally. But, you can not give up your work because it is your work that will get you during tough times.
Continue to love your work and do great by:
- Gaining experience and improving your skills.
- Building your character.
- Learning to deal with difficult people.
- Bring value to the company.
IF you are not doing all of the above, you have a major problem. You can complain to HR about your bad manager, but managers like any other person is difficult to change. You really need to adapt.
And when the very first and GOOD opportunity is in the horizon, grab it because you are so ready for the next phase of your career.
If you become a manager one day, please become a good leader.
A good leader was once a good follower.
All good leaders and good followers perform great work centered on trust, partnership, ability, and initiative.
And, here are their secrets:
- Demonstrates high ethical standards and personal integrity
- Identifies the right issues to be communicated
- Consistently completes expected workload on time
- Exceeds normal requirements when necessary
- Values driven
- Honors commitments
- Takes responsibility for actions
- Works in concert with others to further the mission of the department
- Exhibits a cooperative spirit
- Fosters an environment of participation
- Develops effective working relationships with peers and superiors
- Invites information, constructive criticism and cooperation from others
- Positive influence with co-workers
- Offers constructive suggestions for improvement
- Experience is evident (in time people will see this)
- Expertise makes you a go-to person
- Has complete understanding
- Perseveres with enthusiasm
- Adjusts to new situations and deals well with ambiguity and stress
- Demonstrates Innovative thinking
- Generates creative ideas and solutions
- Has the ability to learn and use new skills
- Demonstrates required job skills and knowledge
- Identifies inefficiencies processes and systems
- Suggests solutions
- Responds quickly and effectively to clients’ needs, goes the extra mile, exceeds clients’ expectations
- Meets challenges head-on