Have you ever done something at work that might be considered in a gray zone? Possibly doing something not totally wrong, but not really what is expected of you?
If we were really honest we probably would find that we have done things that fall into this category more often than we think. Here are a couple of examples that could fit in that gray zone;
- Putting off doing things you need to get done today so that you can enjoy a lighter load and not work too hard.
- If you are in the retail industry and a customer would like a certain item and it is not on the floor, instead of looking in the stockroom or calling another store to see if they have it you tell the customer, “I am sorry if there is none on the shelf, then we are out of stock.”
- You work in a medical or dental office and get a call from a person who feels they need to be seen right away and instead of overloading your schedule because it will cause more work for you and the chance of running behind, you tell the patient, “Sorry we have no openings.”
- You work in a restaurant and do not feel the need to cater to your customers at their tables, refilling water, asking “if everything is okay?” or “Is there anything else I can do for you?”
Whatever your job is ask yourself are you compromising the service you are expected to give by your employer’s standards? Many times we let our standards fall, which can happen for many reasons, such as you’re struggling in your personal life, or possibly you lack self-motivation. It could be work related, apathy in the office or lack of leadership.
The one thing we need to remember is that our employer hired us to do a certain job and with that job came expectations on how we should do it.
It is good to do a little self-evaluation on how you are doing at your job, are you giving it 100% or more, like your employer is expecting? If not, take the steps to change and improve before it too late and your boss no longer needs you.
“One of the truest tests of integrity is its blunt refusal to be compromised.” ~Chinua Achebe quotes