While the witty playwright, author and poet Oscar Wilde might have been of the opinion that "Hard work is simply the refuge of people who have nothing to do," employers feel otherwise. If you want to keep your job and have a chance at advancement, adopt the qualities of a hard worker. Your efforts will not go unnoticed.
Punctuality and Dependability
While you might not think it's a big deal if you walk in the door five minutes late, you can count on the fact that your supervisor is taking note. People who have a reputation for being hard workers not only show up on time, but arrive early. Make a point to never be the last person in the door. Once you've arrived at work, stay there. Don't make a habit of leaving early for doctors' appointments or to get a head start on your weekend trip to the beach. Dependability and hard work go together.
Initiative and Flexibility
People who are go-getters seize each day, looking for opportunities to change their environment for the better. When you're at work, take the initiative and work to change inefficient processes. Tell your supervisor about the creative idea you came up with to increase the company's sales, for example. Be flexible as you work, as well. Business author Jeff Haden, writing for "Inc." advises forgetting about your job description when you see someone else in need. Jump into the fray and help. For example, if you're a computer programmer standing by the receptionist's desk and notice she's overwhelmed, greet a waiting customer and let him know she'll be with him in a moment.
Motivation and Priorities
Hard workers are self-motivated. In other words, they're the type of people who will sweep the floor when it's dirty without waiting for the boss to walk by and say something. Anticipate your company's needs whenever possible, and work to fulfill them. Align your priorities with the goals of the company. If increased sales will benefit your company the most, do what you can to make that happen, whether you work directly in sales or as the person creating the graphic design for the company's brochures.
Learning and Self-Reliance
Employees who are eager to learn are perceived as working harder than those who have to wipe the drool from their mouths after falling asleep in a meeting. Ask questions that will help you to learn more about your job and read publications relevant to your industry. Work to be self-reliant, as well. When your boss is busy pulling together figures for the annual report, you may have to figure out how to locate information for a customer on your own without relying on her as a back-up.
Stamina and Perseverance
It's much easier to be a hard worker when you are able to physically do the work. If you're a salesperson in a large store and lack spring in your step, consider a gym membership to help you hustle and bustle with the best of them. Finish what you start. You may appear to be hard-working when you're making the copies for the organization's new employee handbook, but when you leave piles of uncollated papers on the conference table for someone else to deal with later, you'll seem lazy.
About the Author
Elise Wile has been a writer since 2003. Holding a master's degree in curriculum and Instruction, she has written training materials for three school districts. Her expertise includes mentoring, serving at-risk students and corporate training.
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Why Is Hard Work Necessary To Be Successful?
Success is about setting goals and achieving them. Such goals include losing weight, learning how to play an instrument, making profit in a business, and being the best in certain career among others. The secret of success, as many people will agree, is hard work.
Evidently, successful people are admired in the society. In many instances, they make headlines in the mainstream media. However, such people are not many in the society. Many people still struggle to achieve their goals in life. Others give up, all together, when they attempt without success to achieve their goals. Simply, many people are unable or unwilling to engage in hard work for them to be successful.
Is It Hard Work Or Smart Work?
Some individuals argue that an individual needs to be smart- and not hard working, for them to be successful. However, successful people narrate of instances when they did not want to pursue certain projects but pushed themselves to achieve their goals anyway. As a result, they were able to stand out amongst the crowd. Therefore, it is hard work, and not smart work that breeds success. In any case, most of the hard working and successful people are very smart.
Notably, many people give up when they do not feel like pursuing their goals or when they experience setbacks at the initial stages of a project. For instance, many people trying to lose weight may not see the results within the first few weeks of rigorous exercise and dieting. At this stage, unsuccessful people will give up. On the other hand, hardworking people try to find ways of solving some of the setbacks- instead of giving up. More so, they put in more effort even when they realize that have slim chances of winning.
Life Is Tough
Hard work and success go hand in hand because life is designed to be tough. Nothing is offered on a silver platter; which means that people have to keep trying to succeed. In actual sense, there are so many challenges in life that only hardworking people can overcome them. This explains why there are very few successful people in the world today.
Some of the things that one must do for them to be successful include going through the planning process and doing some training and research. One must also have the right attitude or mindset about their goals. Unless you work hard, it is impossible for one to engage in such things. If anything, many people would rather give up than try. Precisely, hard work is a necessity for an individual to be successful in life.