If your career is not moving on track treat it as a temporary setback. In all likelihood its worth is not more than an experiment which has gone bad. Every individual on this Earth has his own standing and existence. Very few realize this and keep on mending their traits and honing their DNA. They do this keeping in mind the requirements of the company they work for. We develop so much fear of making mistakes that somewhere we fail to perform as normal individuals.
The present situation: Let me make it simple to understand. In our quest to perform beyond the expectations of the company, we hand over our ownership to them. We agree to work for extra hours on a daily basis. We are there in the office or factory on holidays and at odd hours. The family life and obligations are completely forgotten. If we are not physically there in the office we are attending to work through the mobile phones. It is our endeavour to prove that we are better than robots in performing multiple tasks at the same time.
The result: When the results are announced at the month end, the performance is found lacking in most of the areas. The profitability of the company that we work for has worsened. All that is required now is to make fresh plans for the next month and even work harder than before. Under this pressure of working it is quite likely that a few people would buckle and give up the fight.
Learn from the past: When the results fail to improve month over month people are likely to lose their self-belief. That by any means is the biggest damage in the whole exercise. How about changing the perception of working? Imagine a situation when you began your career and had the liberty to learn and enjoy working as a trainee. Many thoughts crossed your mind and may be you did some improvements. You were appreciated and this gave you the impetus for doing better. At that crucial juncture you got absorbed into the main stream and never had time to carry out the good work.
Value addition: The self-belief that you had in the beginning has to be restored once again through smart working. This means that you have to do the routine work and also take time out for value addition on a daily basis. The two hours of work where you focus on things that will change the way of working will make the difference. It could be an improvement in the cleanliness, process improvement to reduce rework or a technological up-gradation. This will make you more acceptable to the bosses and will give you the self-confidence.
Reap the benefits: It would be a matter of time before you build the trust of the organization and put your career on the growth path. If you analyse how much time you had to waste today on a routine affair, will set the guidance for the area where you have to concentrate next. Slowly you will find that the processes begin to stabilize with your two hour value additions. The routines will now demand less of your time. The improvements will begin to have larger impacts. You have done the job by believing in your self-ability to perform better. With the organization feeling the difference you will see your career move uphill.
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