What does real responsibility look like in the workplace? Working any form of job endows you with some form of responsibility. It could be a large amount, or a small amount. No matter who you are, it’s likely you are capable in some form of shouldering a responsibility in your career. People often surprise themselves with the true capacity of ability of which they are able to call upon at any one time, but it does take training and patience.
Conversely, many people like to complain that their work is too hard, too menial, or too overbearing. Identifying issues is always healthy, but moaning and not taking action to change it can be a waste of time. Some people are happy with an additional amount of work and responsibility however, as it’s the fastest way to progress in the firm they work at, and become better at their job. Some people take pride in completing difficult tasks, and being challenged on a daily basis. This is where finding what real responsibility is, and working diligently at bearing it can help you ascend further in your career aspirations than ever before.
Lending A Hand
Lending a hand to colleagues that need it can surely improve your social standing in the workplace. Sometimes people struggle with tasks, and if you’re to be part of a team you should consider yourself responsible to help your team along. This serves two purposes. Not only does having someone competent by your side help you develop a better workday, but they might return the favor at some point in the future also.
Lending a hand is important to get right, because you can’t always accept the time cost it takes for you to neglect your duties in favor of someone else. However, if someone is genuinely struggling, and you have the capacity to help them in a timely manner, the returns you get from this action can help you tremendously. Use your best judgement, but never be afraid to say yes.
Taking On Duties
Taking on duties outside of your comfort zone can also work wonders in helping you achieve more wholesome responsibility in the workplace. If you hope to develop your skills to the degree that is competitive and desirable, you will sometimes need to take advantage of these extra jobs. This could be taking on more numerous clients, or simply trying to reach an even higher sales goal. It could mean learning an entire new course outside the realm of your current work so you have competence in more than one area.
The better you get at carrying weight, the easier working with small loads will become. After all, the old adage that you should never pray for a lighter load, but for stronger shoulders applies thoroughly to the working world. People will notice you more and be more akin to bring you up the ladder if you show this willingness and tenacity to become better at all times. This is also a great way to submerge yourself into a career, and generally become more interested in the story of your professional development.
Of course, if you work a job with social responsibility, such as those offered in staffnurse.com’s repetoire, then you can find this extra competence to be extremely important. Jobs like these can be difficult to get completely right in the execution of your duties, so having this background attitude of willingness to adapt and overcome can help you to no end.
Playing As A Team
Playing as a team doesn’t necessarily mean helping out all members of the team as explored previously. It can simply mean holding your weight with the maximum efficiency you can. After all, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If everyone strives not to be that weakest link, then the team is off to a pretty good start.
Being responsible in this regard can also mean plenty of other things. For example, team projects might demand that you speak with people who you really can’t stand, but in the interests of your job role you must communicate with. If you have the ability to switch off your social preferences for a time and focus on your work then there is no harm done in the least. This also takes us to our next point:
You have a responsibility to communicate with everyone you come into contact with in a professional way. This is true even if an aggressive customer is being difficult about their order forms. It could mean dealing with a pushy and trying boss. Words have power, and if you fail to use them in the correct way you might either represent yourself in the wrong way, or approach a situation less subtly than it should demand. Communicating is a skill, a dynamic art that’s so important to get right. It’s also not something you never finish learning. You will communicate with other people throughout the whole of your life, so making sure your ability to do so is constantly honed, continually practised and very varied will give you a true and wide competence in the social field.
Taking on responsibilities means taking on the first tool you make use of to shoulder those duties. What tool is this? Why, yourself of course! You are the main asset of reliance when it comes to meeting your daily load, so why neglect taking care of yourself? Working too many hours, taking on TOO much responsibility and never paying attention to your physical and mental health can burn you out quickly, and leave you unable to truly develop a skilled and competent approach to the many things you must encounter from a perspective of challenge.
Simply learning how to manage your energy can be one of the first requirements you need to ensure your responsibility is something you can handle on a daily basis. After all, sometimes showing up every day is 70% of the battle.
You will fail at things you try to accomplish, and you will let down certain responsibilities. Not one person on planet Earth has a 100% success rate when dealing with duties they have tried to handle. Sometimes life gets in the way, or circumstances conspire against you to prevent you from acting in your most preferred way. Trying again and again with a sense of renewed courage and consistency can be the antidote to this in a big way. Trying again will give you a sense of internal focus and drive, and will be completely apparent to anyone viewing your plight also.
Even if you let your client down, working hard at trying to regain their trust and resolve the issue can show determination and the fact you care. Sometimes that is preferable to someone who never makes a mistake but sees the client as a number and not a real person. So, there are many ways to handle challenge, but no matter how they turn out and to what degree of success, working hard to try again will always be a great default attitude to fall back on.
Your daily focus needs time to germinate. When you have so many responsibilities to take care of, simply trying to find the mental space to completely assign the right solution to a problem can be a duty all on its own. Responsibilities demand that you have the character and ability to take care of them. If you’re overburdened, you’ll struggle.
This is why it’s so important to delegate tasks to those under you, and effectively. It might be trying to find a quiet room that helps you find the peace to complete your tasks in. It might be fully investing in a custom built and purposed office to help you achieve all the tasks you have as a business leader in one day. It could be simply trying to revivify your love for a certain industry after large efforts at shouldering responsibility have tainted your love for it (at least to a degree.)
People say that pride is a bad thing, and a negative virtue. We’d suggest that if it helps you complete your objectives on a daily basis with a lot of passion and satisfaction for a job well done, you should be as proud as you’d like. People are amazing, as evidenced by people who work high-risk jobs without complaint everyday, or help people in stressful environments such as superhuman doctors and nurses. These people have little use for pride during their workday, but they surely deserve to feel any amount of indulgent self-satisfaction they can feel during their free time. This can help them stay on the right path, stay motivated, and put the work they do for the common good in its proper place.
With these tips, your ability to handle responsibility should be bolstered.