By Faye Katz, Resume Writer
Only one, but it takes nine years.
How many employees does it take to change a light bulb?
One, but every employee should offer to change it.
Ok, I admit. It wasn’t such a great punch line, but there is a deeper meaning. As employees, our attitude toward our jobs, our willingness to achieve and our dedication to the company are the keys to long-term retention, promotions and bonuses.
As a resume writer, I ask my clients: “What is something you did at your job that was above and beyond your stated job description?” The response to this question often highlights an area of accomplishment.
Each company has a mission. If we open our eyes, there are opportunities for every employee, at every level within an organization, to take initiatives to benefit the company.
Can an administrative task be streamlined? Can a new revenue stream be launched? Can the marketing material be updated? Can the online/social media presence be enhanced? Can a program be implemented that will boost corporate culture or employee morale? The list goes on and on.
Stuart G. is a sales representative for a Fortune 500 company. Being at the front line of communication with his clients, he identified a lack of availability of a specialized wound care product. Taking initiative, he sketched a draft of a new product and submitted it to the Research & Development department. One year later, that initial sketch is on all the marketing collateral for a highly successful product, now distributed nationally. Using insight, creativity and ambition, Stuart was proactive in creating a new product that now generates additional revenue for his company.
Employers enjoy seeing their employees take an interest in the company, and take pride in listening to innovative ideas that may save the company expenses, provide new revenue streams, more exposure, or more participants. One caveat: the one who thinks of an idea is usually the one who is responsible to implement it!
Think about possible ways you can add value your organization. Feel confident that you can make a difference, introduce new ideas and implement them. Each employee counts. Each of us has unique strengths and talents that we can offer to our jobs. In addition to improving the organization, being proactive will bring personal satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment.
Here’s the take-away message (to paraphrase President John F. Kennedy): Ask not what your company can do for you, but what you can do for your company.
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