Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The one in which I disguised my rant as a blog post.

I’ve been thinking about the workplace lately. About what makes up a “good employee.” What makes you move from “just an employee” to a “valuable company asset.” At the risk of sounding harsh, I think it’s good to expect a lot of people. It keeps us challenged. I want a lot to be expected of me. Sooo, I present my best workplace advice:

Spellcheck, spellcheck, spellcheck – I don’t care if you’re just sending an email internally to the person that sits next to you. Nothing makes you look more unprofessional than having extra words, grammar errors or misspellings in your email. Naturally, this becomes increasingly important when emailing clients.
Isn't Disney Supposed To Be Magical? - Funny Autocorrects
Not a text from my dad..just a stock photo....like I would ever let my parents go to Disneyland without me! 

Be on time – My dad used to always say that “being late is being a thief of someone else’s time.” In this case, it’s the company's. Here’s the thing, I get that circumstance come up…sometimes the car won’t start….sometimes there’s a huge accident on the highway…sometimes your baby spills all over themselves as you’re walking out the door….those are life things. BUT, if being consistently late – even 5 minutes – is your “norm,” you need to manage your time better. I bet if you had a $500 bill waiting on your desk for you only if you were on time….you’d be on time. I bet if you knew your CEO was going to be in office….you’d be on time.

Pause, Stop, Think – So many times it’s easy to just shoot someone an email for something when you can’t remember the answer. If it’s anything you’ve discussed previously, search your email and files for the answer first.
I mean, look how happy this woman is to find the answer for herself. 

Go the extra mile – For me, this is my biggest workplace advice…because people rarely take initiative anymore. People tend to say ‘no’ to anything that falls outside of their specific job description. Why not be a “yes” person. I’m not saying be a doormat, I’m saying, be a solution solver. Before you say “no, this can’t be done” or “no, I can’t do that” see if there are ways you CAN do something……you might find that things you say “yes” to are great resume builders and gateways to higher positions within the company…even if they’re not listed under your job description.

Learn to prioritize – Know what is time sensitive. Sometimes things have to be shifted around and the project you are sooo close to finshing has to be laid aside. Understand what the impacts will be to certain tasks if you delay them.
(27) girly | Tumblr

Always be friendly – Your bad mood, PMS or fight with your boyfriend is not your coworkers fault. Nothing is worse than having an unpredictable coworker. Will she be happy today? Or will she be a beast? Set aside your day-to-day personal issues when interacting with coworkers.
La Vie de Rêve | via Facebook

Learn to be a good leader – Being a leader is one thing. Sometimes we’re just put in positions of authority. Being a “good” leader is entirely different. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that being firm and expecting a lot is not “being mean.” Giving people deadlines and deliverables and expecting a lot from others, is ok. But, when balanced with kindness and humility, that is what makes you a great leader. When you ask your reports “how can I help you”….that is what makes you a great leader. When you teach others how to do things so they can grow in their career and not just do things yourself because it’s faster or makes you feel empowered…that is being a good leader.
Be a Leader

Be an expert at your job – Learn your job inside and out. When coworkers or clients ask you questions about your products, services or processes, you should be able to address them without having to find the company pamphlet or brochure. Our minds have the capability to remember hundreds of song lyrics and tons of celebrity facts, surely we should be able to learn our business and know it by heart. This helps you become that resource that others can come to, knowing you’ll have the answer or can direct them to where they can find it.


What’s your best workplace advice?

XO, A




24 comments:

Jess @ Pretty Physicist said...

I loved reading this post. I think that you and I have very similar work ethics. :) My workplace advice is to learn who you can and can't trust as quickly as possible. and to be someone that other people can trust - don't talk about other people, don't undermine them, etc.

Shannon said...

ASHLEY!!! I love this post! As someone who prides herself on being a valuable company asset, this is perfect.

And oh my - - "“being late is being a thief of someone’s else’s time.”"

I wish I could send this exact quote to several people in my life.

P!nky said...

Great advice lady!!!

Pamela said...

Agreed, agreed, AGREED!

maggie_rane said...

My best workplace advice - manage your emotions. I call back the subcontractors that can always perform under pressure, and who can keep their issues to themselves.

Great post by the way, but you've always been on the list of people I knew I could work with!

Samantha Bayer said...

Yes yes and yes! ... You should do a seminar at your work :)

Fit With Flash said...

Ugh. Love all of these and they're SO true. I get so annoyed with people emailing me questions that they could answer themselves if they just went to the website. Being late consistently drives me crazy too. GROW up! These are the times when I'm really glad I'm self employed... I really love my boss. ; )

The Pink Growl said...

Great advice Ashley! I am struggling lately with my attitude at work and I really need to work on it!

Jamie said...

Yes, yes, yes.

Elise said...

I agree with all of this. I am a teacher, so some expectations are slightly different, but being late and emailing me for an answer or document that someone should already have are two major pet peeves of mine.

I also think professional dress is huge! There's tons of cute stuff out there now that is still extremely office friendly and professional- colored skinny jeans are NOT professional, at all.

Carly said...

Oh my! I agree 100% with absolutely everything you say here. Great post!

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

okay, my heart literally stopped in my chest when i first started reading this post. because the ADD side of me led my eyes to the picture before the words and i read the text and was like "what the...?!" and then i read the Disneyland part. whew. heart put back in its place.

but haha, yes btw great post! :)

Raquel said...

I agree 100% on everything you said! this post actually just made me realize how my boss is the complete opposite of everything on here! It's sad, really. When texting, she uses abbreviations for EVERYTHING to the point where it's really hard to understand what she's trying to say. Huge pet peeve! Also, she is never on time to anything. Sometimes she's even hours late- for example when we have staff meetings, we have to start 1 hour late because she's not there yet.

In my opinion, shes being a horrible leader. No wonder why people at my work place are always late!

SHUG IN BOOTS {Beth} said...

Yay! Yay! Yay! Thank you for not being a part of the "entitlement" crowd. Teaching convinced me that about 60% of the future of this country has been taught entitlement, entitlement, entitlement. The world doesn't owe us anything, gotta get it! You are awesome!

megan said...

Oh man I love this post. There's nothing that gets on my nerves more at work than my co-worker (and sometimes boss) asking me questions that they could easily and quickly find themselves.

Ginger Garner said...

Be careful not to get caught up in boss bashing...or any negativity

Erin LFF said...

SUCH a good post Ashley! I feel like I work my booty off for my company, and there are so so SO many people who abuse this great workplace. I cannot stand the people who are consistently late and/or take extra long lunches. BLAH!

Monica said...

Could not agree more. If this was facebook, I'd 'like' this 100x. It really is sad that most employees (or maybe I just know a lot of people like this...) are only looking out for themselves & only do what benefits them instead of the whole "work team." Saying yes is definitely one way to set yourself apart from others -- as long as you aren't the doormat (just like you said!)

Monica said...

Love your blog, btw, I've been reading it for a while!

Maca said...

this is a great post (I particularly liked the last pic, it made me giggle). I think my one advice is "when better is an option, good enough isn't good enough" I detest when people are just filling time at work. Do your best and don't settle and maybe inspire the rest of your colleagues to do the same.

cns23 said...

Oh my goodness! Everything I agree with! Work is tough sometimes, I wish more people would take the time to understand these simple habits :)

cns23 said...

Oh my goodness! Everything I agree with! Work is tough sometimes, I wish more people would take the time to understand these simple habits :)

Sara Louise said...

I'm a stickler for time management. Being consistently late is disrespectful and immature. If someone consistently has a problem being on time after the age of 18, they need to go back to kindergarten and start over.

Katie said...

Ash, I am really glad you wrote this. As you already know, I have been super bummed and struggling with work and not doing too well. But some of what you said I really got a push from it. Especially the part about being an expert at your job. I mentioned it already in my blog post I just wrote today(I mentioned your post in it too) but I really want to try to go over everything I can remember to do at my job and go over other things for my job until I know it inside and out. I think not only will it make me a better employee but I will worry less. Thanks for this post, girlie! I hope you had a fabulous weekend :)

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