Friday, 23 February 2018

We Need to Talk About Work Ethic

In January I shared a post on how I think we were born to work and pay bills, and I could not be more proud of how that post turned out. Usually I plan out my posts for a few weeks - or even months - in advance, but that post came to me after a particularly busy day at work. I sat down and the words started spewing out. That post ended up becoming my second most popular blog post of all time, which really shows how effective and important passion is when it comes to your writing.

After I wrote that post, I realised I had another topic to cover that relates back to that one, which is what today's post is about. Yes, we are here to work and pay bills, but we are also here to actually work hard. Having some work ethic and pride in how you conduct yourself in the workplace is something that I am seeing less and less, and that makes me really sad. How you carry out tasks says a lot about yourself, regardless on what the actual task is, and whether or not you think it is "beneath" you.

It is a privilege to have a job, and I really hate that people don't realise that. Not only is it a privilege for us women as we weren't even allowed to work at one point in history, but it's a privilege for any human to just have the physical ability to work, and the means to get to and from your job. 

I have friends who struggle to work due to illness, and I see how much that affects them. Having a job and working to earn money for yourself is such a bare minimum for most of us that we see it as an annoyance, whereas there are people out there wishing that they could have a typical 9-5 job - or, hell, even just a part-time job! - but simply can't. With all that in mind, it really gets on my nerves when people have absolutely no work ethic. 

As someone who works in customer service, I understand that everyone has their off days. We're only human. But when I go to a store or restaurant and am "greeted" by someone who clearly hates their job and doesn't care about the customers at all, it's really disappointing. It's really not that hard to put on a smile and talk politely to someone. I honestly can't not do that while I'm at work, even if I tried! It's a natural reaction for me to greet people warmly, and it's quite saddening that other people aren't the same way.

I know I am lucky to live in a country like Australia, where you can live off of a minimum wage job, so I understand that my view when it comes to work is somewhat biased, but I also know that what you get paid has nothing to do with the customers, so don't take out your issues with your employer on them. 

I also know that some jobs come with really unpleasant tasks that no one likes to do, but I really do believe that how you complete your tasks is a direct reflection of who you are, so I try to give my best whenever I can. I talk to customers like they're my favourite people in the world, and I do everything in my power to ensure that they leave our establishment in a good mood, and it's always worth it. 

Whether the customer is kind back to me or not, I can walk away knowing that I am a good person and that I gave it my best - and every time a customer tells me how helpful and kind I am, I am reminded that it's all worth it. I really do believe that people are genuinely good, and I am going to continue living my life as honestly as I can in hopes of encouraging others to do the same. You should always have pride in yourself and in your work, no matter what it is.

Until next time,
Indya xx