This is the first article in this series to appear on this website and we believe it is necessary part of one’s career to get feedback from one’s employer to ascertain the progress one makes in his organization. So this is all about helping you understand how the employer thinks and what he expects from you.
Getting hired is the beginning of a relationship between you and your employer. The major reason you got the job is to render service to the organization; your skills are needed to enable the organization remain competitive and profitable. In return for this service you get paid a salary. This is a symbiotic relationship where the company needs you and you need the job.
Service is work done for somebody else (your employers) and is the primary aim of having the job, to continue to render service is to continue to have a job and as long as the service is relevant to the organization you got a job. This makes it a two way street; the company must require the service and the employee must offer the service.
Your service is needed within certain parameters and must be offered within the stated parameters for both the employer and the employee to benefit from the relationship, service is the basis for the relationship and this cannot be over emphasized. As an employee you must seek in rendering this service to be smart and hardworking (this is about going the extra mile), smart and hard work are the two pillars for a successful service which means a successful job, which is to keep your job, to enjoy your job and to grow your job by making your services hard to dismiss.
In offering your service to the organization, you must seek to develop your skills set in order to improve on the services you render, take advantage of company training if offered or develop yourself through books, seminars and workshops. You are responsible for your job and so you owe it to yourself to be the best you can be at it least it is taking from you by one more efficient.
Keep the right relationships within your organization; cultivate positive and mutually beneficial working relationships with fellow colleagues and the managers. Avoid office politics and “eye service”, it will cut short your career and hurt your relationships.
Finally have a life outside the organization, all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy is true for kids as it is true for working adults. Find fulfillment in your romance, family, sports etc, this helps you develop as a well rounded individual. Work is no substitute for life.
Now you got the job, do the work with all your heart, with all your ability and more, cultivate the right relationships and enjoy life.
Wish you a long and fruitful career.