Do you make a difference?

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Most of us spend half, and sometimes more than half, of our lives at work and the people there can really make a difference in the day. I really liked the article on the Inc. website by Jeff Haden where he talks about the 8 qualities of remarkable employees. The reasons he brings up aren’t your typical, run of the mill reasons – like works hard, can always be counted on, yatta, yatta, yatta. Jeff reaches a little and picks “out of the box” things that make working in an office fun, and working with great people extraordinary. – - “Great employees follow processes. Remarkable employees find ways to make those processes even better, not only because they are expected to… but because they just can’t help it.”

I especially liked these points:

  • Yes, the best employees are often eccentric – they don’t comply exactly to the rules but know how to work within them to get the job done well and make others in the office want to pitch in too – and have fun doing it. I love teamwork and having a leader or just someone in the group that can come up with new ideas or great systems to blow the top off the project. They accomplish the task differently and better than it’s ever been done before – and it just makes great sense.
  • Do work with someone that just makes you and others feel good? You know you’ve done a good job, but when someone tells you – out loud – in front of others, it just makes it all worthwhile, doesn’t it! And it didn’t cost that person a dime to say nice things about the success you just had. We all should make more of an effort to speak up and tell others they’ve done well.
  • But, when you’ve messed up in a public situation, don’t you appreciate the person who doesn’t point out your mistakes in front of everyone, but who will wait until after it’s all over and confront you in a private setting. Even then, he doesn’t make you feel bad about what you’ve done, just recognizes it and maybe even gives you suggestions on how you could have handled the situation better. Constructive criticism is a much easier pill to swallow for all of us.

If you have this person in your office, tell them you appreciate all they do. Tell them you’re grateful for the great mood they bring to work with them every morning and share – their quirky personality really makes you smile. Get out of your comfort zone and become that person who can really make a difference in your office. Remember, it won’t cost you anything and you’ll be rewarded in more ways than you realize.
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