Professionalism shouldn’t be defined by a persons paycheck, role or title.
It should be defined by a persons work ethic. (Janna Cachola)
You’ve been at your position for two years, and you feel like you’re going nowhere. It seems like there is no room for advancement. Your officemates seem checked-out of their own job, disengaged. Certainly, no one seems to notice your efforts.
You certainly aren’t getting rich, and you wonder: what’s the point of having a good workplace ethic and sticking to it? Why not join the “slacker crowd”? Others don’t seem to be suffering consequences for their sloppy work.
But here’s the truth – as unfair as it may look like, what others are (or aren’t) doing on the job is not the point. It’s what you do that is the point.
It’s much easier to go with the crowd than go against it, but believe me when I say that democracy is not always a good thing.
Let me give four reasons why it’s important to maintain better workplace habits even if the other worker seems to render sloppy work yet is getting ahead in pay and rank, or a next-desk neighbour whose only thought is putting in minimal effort for maximum paycheck.
Know Who is Your Real Boss
Yes, your employer issues your paycheck. But we are ultimately called to honor God with our every effort. Colossians 3:23 tells us, “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people”
While certainly it is nice – no doubt about it – to be noticed and appreciated by your employer, our ultimate purpose is to glorify God and be noticed by Him, and that certainly includes our work.
Be a Living, Breathing Example
You don’t know who is watching and learning as you work. Your work habits might be a witness to someone else.
Titus 2:7a reminds us that “…you yourself must be an example…by doing good works of every kind”.
Your Future Never Was Only in Your Hands
As you tend to the task or assignment at hand with full attention and effort, you create space for God to move in your life.
What looks like a dead end may actually be an open door.
Ann Landers noted that, “Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.”
Honor God, yourself and others by putting in the effort, and watch to see what unfolds.
Proverbs 16:3 urges us, “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed”
With a Better Workplace Habit, You Can Lead Even in the Dungeon
Remember Joseph? He experienced slavery, betrayal, and even imprisonment but he served diligently at every turn. The mantle of leadership landed on his shoulders time and again, in roles of ever-increasing power.
Joseph could have quit at any point along the way – just sat down and refused to try. Instead he worked “as though for the Lord,” and the favor of God was on him.
If your current position feels like “the dungeon,” take your opportunity to serve with excellence.
Honor God, and give Him room to move in your situation.
At the end of the day, it’s you and God. No one else. Nothing else.
Happy working (even if it doesn’t look like it).