Submitted by keith on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 01:05.
Many times we hear our jobs referred to as “So easy a monkey could do it!” and that is usually a gross underestimation of the skill set and dedication that it takes for a person to do that job. If you’ve ever seen a show like Undercover Boss (reality show on CBS) where a CEO tries to run a product assembly line or a fast food drive-thru window, you will see that the job that is considered “easy” actually has skill sets that can be taught and measured. A person’s performance should not be judged as soon as they begin a job, but at the end of a training period that offers them the tools they need to perform on the job. Then you can evaluate the performance of a person in their true ability once they have at least learned the basics.
However, when you are in the workplace there often isn’t time to allow people to adjust. Your ability to “fit in” often depends on how you hit the ground running and the differences you can make while you are learning. For example, if you are entering a position of data entry in ledgers and you can also help create a database for the company to track the items more quickly, you have added value to your employment. Similarly, if you are a sales representative and you have to start selling office supplies to prove yourself, but you really know all about computers (big ticket items) in the same store then it pays to take the entry level position and prove that you can sell the computers. Employers get tired of teaching a new employee quickly as evidenced by the common practice of offering an “evaluation period” in the beginning of employment. So if you don’t “fit in” in their company, they will simply let you go immediately so you don’t waste their time.
The opposite is interestingly true as well. If you come in and want to change everything without evaluating your position and proving your worth, then you will be labeled a “troublemaker” and your employer will think that you do not want to listen. So there is a balance that is somewhat tricky.
In the end, everyone wants to be productive (or they should if they want to keep their job) and there is only one way to do that: TEAMWORK. No one can do everything alone. But more importantly, most people just want to be RESPECTED at work and these concepts are the keys to creating a team that will keep striving to make the business better and better. So don’t treat people like monkeys and expect them to work hard as a team and respect each other or their leaders. Be as straightforward as you can and make people understand that you are on their side. Be strong of character and make clear decisions. Make sure that you hold fast to your company vision and make decisions that support that vision and the team will follow you and prosper under your positive but tough leadership.