Fastcompany’s Expert Blogger Dayna Steelev writes about something we’ve experienced for several years now: A general malaise among American workers. Q101 would think that with 10% unemployment there would be tons of eager people willing to bend over backward to rock it for companies. Sadly, we’ve encountered very few such “go-getters.” While this epidemic has been noticeable to us for several years, it seems particularly odd now considering how “tough” it is out there if you get clipped by your company for poor performance or attitude.
So, in our on-going quest to improve the world and people around us, check out Dayna’s ridiculously simple observations (sometimes the simplest things are the hardest to see plainly):
Several of us were talking this morning about the frustrations of waiting for someone to do their job. I see it time and time again yet still find it surprising that some people just don’t realize how damaging some actions can be to a career, a reputation, and a personal brand within your industry.
These five simple actions are why you aren’t getting ahead:
- Being late or a no-show: Don’t make someone else wait to do their job because you haven’t done yours.
- Not returning calls or email: When you ignore people or wait to reply, you are saying “your business is just not that important to me.”
- Doing just enough to get by: As my father used to say “If you are going to do a half-ass job, don’t do it at all.”
- Complaining or assigning blame: Blah, blah, blah. No one cares. Really. They don’t care. You are wasting my time, or someone else’s.