The greatest single obstacle to the success of today’s organizations is the giant mismatch between the behavior we need and the behavior we reward.
We have an all different type of workers in our companies as William Wilkerson, the anatomy of any organization explains four different kind of bones(workers):
- Wish-bones—who wish someone else would do the work.
- Jaw-bones—who talk a lot but do little else.
- Knuckle-bones—who knock what everyone else does.
- Back-bones—who get down and actually do the work.
We need to have a maximum number of back-bones in our company in order to increase the productivity and profitability of the company. And by answering the following questions you can identify them:
Who is rarely, if ever, absent?
Discipline is the most important factor for the best performer, and being present on need is the top most quality expected from an employee.
Who works well under pressure?
Handling work pressure requires two things, knowledge of your work area and the trust you earn from the company so it’s a long running process for you. Of course, more work pressure means the company is lacking a workforce compared to the amount of work but, we all face this issue almost in every company because of the unpredictability of work flow, miscalculation of job requirements.
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Who consistently turns out high-quality work on time?
This is the next challenge of the good performers to give high-quality work within the given time frame because you’re not compromising quality just because you have to chase deadlines. And this should be a habit to deliver in a consistent way.
Who is willing to give a second effort when the team needs it?
There are certain professions which requires creativity and everything depends on that, Like Advertising but rejection can be annoying and frustrating in many cases so the bigger test is to give a second effort in case the team has failed in your first attempt.
Who can you count on to take up the slack in someone else’s absence?
Knowing your work is one thing but keeping your eyes on the work and learning their job takes you to the next level so if that person is not there in an urgency the company requires someone to take the lead on it to fill the gap and to prevent some unpredictable losses.
Who doesn’t constantly pester others for advice and guidance?
Unnecessary discussion between two or more than two people in a company is a loss of the company because the company is paying salary to do that job in a smooth fashion. The one who constantly paster others is not only wasting his precious time but the time of other good performers as well.
Who is so quiet and unassuming that you hardly know he’s there except for his good work?
Assigning task should be in a clear communication but in lesser words as well so the person who is going to do should exactly know what he has been told to do nowhere the burdon of responsibility goes to that person’s shoulder who is giving the job briefing to the worker. Any miscommunication will waste the precious time of both.
Who can be trusted to work just as well in the boss’s absence?
Commitment towards your duties comes from self-disciplines and one has to practice it every day earns the trust so even if no one is there to manage your work, you should have been performing your duties in the same manner.
Who produces many more answers than problems?
You have one brain to think and you have to train it in a way to solve the problems instead of finding the problem. The negative people see the problem, obstacles, lack of resources while on other hand the positive people utilize the available resources to give more quality work without bothering about the problems and obstacles.
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Who helps others to do their jobs better?
Training others is important so the work never stops even if you’re absent. You have to do your work as your prime responsibility but simultaneously you have to train others as well. You may not get the direct benefit of it but this quality will be recognized by your management. Remember, the more you teach, the more you learn.
Who regularly strives to improve his work?
Abraham Lincoln once said,
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax”.
Constant performance requires constant learning.
In short, who is there whenever needed?
Take the above questions and try to find someone around you, I’m sure you will find someone around who will fit in all the answers. If you are not that person then learn from the one who comes to your mind the one who fits in the criteria perfectly.
Keep Learning. Keep Growing. Stay Positive.
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