Just thinking about some experiences and attitudes I’ve witnessed in the past (not necessarily just as a boss), I starting thinking about what my dad taught me about work ethic.
He said, “If you agree to a job, give your best. Don’t shortchange your employer.”
What that means is … if you agree to a job, with a set salary or pay, then that employer has hired you and your best — not your second best, or mediocre effort.
Anything less is laziness and cheating. Some might call it fraud.
Maybe I’m being harsh because I’m a boss in a small business with a small team now and I take this personally … but I also think those who agree to terms, then decide they are really worth 25% more, let’s say, and consequently prorate their commitment, time, and skill based on their internal inventory of self-worth, are cheating everybody, including themselves.
Here’s what this type of work ethic results in …
- People notice laziness – they remember it too. No one wants a teammate that they’ll have to overcompensate for to carry their weight.
- No one wants to hire lazy, half-hearted people – that’s the easiest way to sink a business and morale on a team. You’ll get a terrible reputation and that cloud will follow you.
- No one wants to be around lazy people – if you’re always thinking you got shortchanged for something, you’ll attract other lazy people in your life … and the hard working others will have left though.
- It’s ego driven instead of value driven – it’s about your inflated ego and misguided expectations, and not the value that you’re providing for your team and employer.
Listen … I’ve seen a lot of people think they were worth more and decide to give less.
If you do that … trust me, you’ll never get anywhere in the world. The last time I checked, people just don’t come up and hand you money.
Well, wait, yeah, they do … it’s called charity.
The best way to get what you think you deserve is to PROVE IT BY EARNING IT … through hard work, commitment and personal growth that benefits your team and business … and ultimately, it’ll benefit yourself.
I’m extremely thankful my dad hammered that into me … because my family, those I work with and for, hopefully, have gotten more than they bargained for.
It was great career advice for me.
So morale of the story … if you agree to a job, be a person of your word … and fulfill your obligation, or move on. You aren’t doing anyone any favors by cheating.