Family Life Radio listener Pat grew up on an Orange Grove in Anaheim California. He took advantage of the opportunities that provided. As a kid, he would sell fruit from a stand made out of boxes. He sold peaches, avocados, oranges, apricots and plums. He sold them very cheap. $.25 for a box of fruit. He sold them as a nine year old. He used to live where they were building what is now Disneyland. The road used to be a rural street. It is now a six land highway.
I know what he’s talking about since I grew up in Compton. We used to sell avocados!
We both got a start on what God’s word says about working: The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. Genesis 2:15
The Intentional Employee: Finding & Keeping a Good Job – Dr. Randy Carlson
As Christ-followers, we should be the most productive, cooperative, honest and hardworking person in our business.
The Christian, as an employee, should be the most desirable and productive employee around.
Here’s my list of ONE THINGS for hanging on to a good job – and making yourself indispensable:
Go the extra mile! Do more than you’re asked and with excellence – ahead of time. Come in a little earlier and stay a little later than other people – not to impress, but to get more done.
Look for One Thing today that would make your business more successful and then act! Go to your boss as a “solution focused” employee. Be careful not to step on the toes of others as you do this.
Have a great attitude! If your attitude is to look out for the well-being of the boss and the business that usually doesn’t go unnoticed.
Sharpen your skills! Keep up with technological advances and keep your work skills up to date.
Be a team player! If you’re on a team become indispensable. Usually 80% of the work is being done by 20% of the people – be in the 20%!
Learn to get along with other people. Robert Bolton, in his book People Skills, reports that 80% of people that fail at work do so because they can’t get along with other people.
Remember Who you are really working for in the first place.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all you heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward” – Colossians 3:23