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Playing For Keeps

Bits and Pieces for the Happily Employed

Well, I guess congratulations are in order. If you're looking at a long future with that new job you got, then its probably everything you dreamed of. You can pay the bills and have some extra cash on the side. Your working hours and load are just fine. Your co-workers are warm, funny hardworking, just the right type of people you want to work with. You see a long part of your life spent working for your company, steadily moving up the ranks. To sum, you just LOVE your work.

We're happy for you. That's why we want to remind you that if you want this to work out, then you've got to remember that you have to also make sure that your work LOVES YOU TOO.

You see, love is a two-way street. And in love, both make sure that the other prospers, benefits and grows from the relationship.

Here are some tips on playing for keeps in your career:

 


LOOK AT YOUR WORK AS PART OF A WHOLE

Each person in the company, from the intern to the CEO, has his or her own role in keeping the company in business. Your job function plays a vital role in making sure the firm stays alive. With that in mind, try to orient your goals more to the company's objectives rather than just making sure each job gets done. Your company's goals are your own. In this mindset, not only do you know what your job IS, you also know specifically WHAT IT DOES for the company. Use this thinking everyday. That way, your job takes on a more meaningful light and becomes significant as you go to work everyday. You might even learn to love it even more.

STAY "IN THE KNOW"
Part of love is growing to know your loved one better. Be informed of trends and developments in your industry. Read an industry periodical. Read your company newsletter. Give a "What's Up" to people in other departments of your firm and stay for their answer. Its also good to catch the news regularly and look out for things that could affect your company's operations and growth.

BECOME A BETTER LOVER
Whenever you get the chance, find ways to improve
the quality of your work. Maybe you can take classes that'll add to your programming skill sets. Read books that provide tips and inside info to making your work better. Most companies even provide training and seminars for their employees from time-to-time; take advantage of these opportunities and learn.

BUILD YOUR RELATIONSHIP-KEEP MOVING ON TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Growing in love includes deepening your relationship; at your career, keep on working for a promotion. Don't wait for your current job to bore you, or for your needs to grow beyond your means. Constantly working for a promotion keeps you working harder, making both your career and your company prosper in the process.

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR PROBLEMS
Is your company going through some hard times? Don't be part of the general public that the company keeps its problems from. Knowing the skinny on your company's troubles, whether big or small, helps you figure out solutions earlier than others. See how the problems affect you and your co-workers, and how it weighs down on your future with the company. This also helps you gauge better whether your relationship is truly working out; if ever this turned out to be something other than true love, at least you'll always be ready for a change.



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