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The Gospel According to Yankeechick

Posted on: March 27, 2008 9:28 pm
Edited on: March 27, 2008 10:26 pm

As a manager of people, I have developed a definition of work ethic. Honestly, I use me as a baseline because I've always believed in putting my maximum effort forward to earn my money. That's the way of my generation. The generation younger than me has no clue, not all, but most. You know who you are.

  1. Don't call out unless you have a death in the family, a legit emergency, or you're so sick you can't move. Don't use the death in the family and legit emergency excuses once a month.
  2. Accept the fact that you work for someone else and have to do what they say. If you don't want to follow someone else's rules, go work for yourself.
  3. Work. You're not getting paid to be lazy and screw around.
  4. Arrive at work on time. Be ready to work at that minute.
  5. Respect your co-workers and management. If you have nothing to do, offer them your help.
  6. If you hate your job, you're not forced to be there. Don't bitch and moan. Nobody wants to hear your negativity all the time. It brings everyone else down.
  7. Do your job to the best of your ability, and strive to be better. Status quo won't get you anywhere and going through the motions sucks.
  8. Revenge is not sweet. If your boss pisses you off, have the guts to approach them like an adult. Don't bitch about them behind their back, and threaten to do things like keying their car.
  9. Don't mouth off to your boss and co-workers. You can't expect them to speak to you with respect if you don't do likewise.
10. Gossip is bullshit in the workplace. Wtf is wrong with everyone making an effort to get along?! You're not going to like everyone, let alone be friends, but at least be professional for God's sake.
11. Admit you made a mistake. Don't point the finger at other people. Don't make excuses.
12. Go in at the last minute to help out if you're able.
13. Don't blow smoke up your bosses' ass. They can spot a phony a mile away, believe me. Just makes you come off as a liar, and it'll be difficult for them to trust you.

In order to accomplish the above you need maturity.

  1. Don't be a coward. Have the guts to approach your problems and the people who may be involved with them.
  2. Choose your battles. Don't be petty. Yes, you should stand up for yourself and what you believe in, but know when enough's enough.
  3. Have some respect for someone other than yourself.
  4. Be willing to admit you were wrong. Don't deflect blame onto others. Don't make excuses.
  5. Learn from your mistakes. Don't repeat them.
  6. Align yourself with other mature people. Don't succumb to peer pressure.
  7. Know when you're too angry to have a productive conversation with someone. Nothing ever gets solved based on emotion. You can't get your point across. Know when you need to cool off first.
  8. Be logical and rational. Don't expect what just isn't possible.
  9. Accept people as they are. They're not going to behave like you, deal with it. See them for their good qualities.Accept that good qualities don't only apply to you. Change your outlook, not them.
10. Accept yourself as you are, faults and all. Be proud of all of you.
11. Go with the flow. Be flexible.
12. Move on. Don't hold a grudge forever. Forgive.
13. Be generous. Be good to others. Have empathy.
14. See the good in people and situations.
15. Be able to laugh at yourself.
16. Allow yourself to be yourself. Don't pretend to be something you're not to please others.
17. Be true to yourself and your beliefs. Nobody can ever take that away from you.
18. Follow your heart and you'll have no regrets.
19. Be able to see the big picture.

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Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: April 11, 2008 3:52 pm

The Gospel According to Yankeechick

Hailmary, you are absolutely right.  The workplace doesn't have to be all seriousness.  I believe there's a happy medium between having fun there and getting the job done.  Basically, you can have fun getting the job done.  You don't want your employees to dread coming to work.  They're not productive that way, and you'll lose people.  It does you no good to turnover your staff too much.  You also have to realize you're never going to please everyone, and there are some people who are just never happy.  Those people you don't mind turning over since they create a negative environment.

Barkero, I don't believe in age being a good gauge for maturity since everyone's different.  A lot depends on how you were raised.  My parents did not spoil me in any way, so I never expected things.  I think that makes you appreciate things more, even little things, which contributes to maturity. 

I appreciate the comments from everyone!

Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: April 10, 2008 1:02 pm

The Gospel According to Yankeechick

Excellent, Chick! I've pictured you being in your early 30's, but the level of maturity I see reflected in your writing makes you seem older.

What many people don't understand is that employers expect (rightly so) their employees to make some money for the company. It's the only reason to hire someone in the first place.

I'm retired now, but I tried to have that attitude while I was a member of the workforce.

You know, I would have been happy to have worked for someone like you, or have had you working for me.

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: March 29, 2008 2:21 am

The Gospel According to Yankeechick

Very good advice, so much can be added, but you certainly laid out the basics. This all does not mean that there is not time for some fun at work too.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 11:52 am

The Gospel According to Yankeechick

Haha, McCombe.  I'm off to work right now. 

Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2008 11:21 am
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Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 11:18 am

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Poetz, don't misunderstand me, I don't want people to come to work if they're really sick.  In fact, I tell people when they first get hired that if they're sick, they're sick, and they shouldn't come to work. I also tell them if it happens all the time, we're going to have a problem.  You see, when you're a boss you become a little jaded by the few bad apples you always wind up having to deal with in any job.  There are those people who somehow wind up being sick more often than others, so when I say so sick you can't move, I'm really referring to them, not the people who call out sick when they really are sick.  In fact, this whole item is directed at the people who don't have work ethic. 

Thanks for the support, Warplanegrl.  I think it's great that you've gotten a wealth of experience.  I'm sure you have good reasons for leaving each job.  I don't just dismiss people who've jumped around a lot.  I ask them first.  Sometimes, jobs they've had were while they were in college, so they went home for the summer.  If they're legit reasons, it's all good.  It's when you get older that employers will start to wonder because you should be more settled. 

Yeah, Big E, I make my own schedule like Badger, and I cringe when I think of how much work I could actually get done if I just applied myself a little bit more. 

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 10:54 am

The Gospel According to Yankeechick

>>>or you're so sick you can't move<<<

That's right; if you're only a little sick, by all means come to work and prove you're a team player by sharing your illness with your co-workers. 

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: March 28, 2008 7:02 am

The Gospel According to Yankeechick

If you really sit down to figure out how much people work in a week, it's probably no more than half the time. We figured in my office, out of a 37.5 hour work week, the average non-smoker works around 25 hours...a smoker about 20 hours.

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: March 28, 2008 12:45 am

The Gospel According to Yankeechick

All right Yankeechick. Yes, I've followed you to your blog because I like your Yankees posts. Now I love your blog, even though I've only read a few entries. I especially like this one though.

I will admit that I felt a little bad because I just missed work on Monday because I was really sick, but I had to take the day off without pay because I don't get sick time. Also, I work in a small newspaper newsroom and because we're so short-staffed, our Managing Editor actually encourages us to stay home when we're sick so one person can miss a day and recuperate instead of spreading it to others and losing a whole lot of manpower hours. She even sent out an e-mail about that on Tuesday. Little sigh of relief there.

I also have had several jobs - partly because I've lived in several places - but to tell you the truth, I'm really grateful I have. I'm pretty well-rounded because I have professional experience in so many things now, and I can't see that as a bad thing for my current employer, or any future one I might have. Of course the best part about it is that had I stayed in any of my other jobs, I wouldn't get to do what I think is one of the coolest things in the world, and that is to get paid to watch and write about sports.    But I understand the point, and respect my father, who after serving in the military, worked for only two companies the rest of his life.

Anyway, so thanks for your great post. I still agree with almost all of it. And BTW, I LOVE your avatar. Don't change a thing. I like looking at that guy.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: March 27, 2008 11:28 pm

The Gospel According to Yankeechick

It actually didn't take me long, Badger, because I wrote it when I was pissed off at my employees.  I took my aggression out on this list, lol. 

The new hire that blows smoke up my butt right off the bat is questionable immediately.  They're only trying to kiss up to the boss in order to get away with stuff as far as I'm concerned.  I'm not stupid, don't try it. 

People do switch jobs a lot more frequently nowadays, but what they don't realize is companies don't necessarily like that.  I know when I interview prospective candidates, I look at the amount of time they've spent at each job.  I don't want someone who can't seem to stay at one place for at least a year.  There are usually reasons why someone keeps moving on, and those reasons aren't usually good ones.  If it's for no reason other than them wanting a change, then I don't want them either because they'll leave me too.

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