Do you often take more than your allotment of time for lunch?
Do you have no problem shutting down a few minutes early and hitting the road before traffic "gets bad?"
Do you have zero problem calling in with just the slightest case of the sniffles?
Do you use your kid as an excuse for calling in more than one a year?
Do you believe that sick days are there to be used whether you are sick or not?
Do you receive/make at least two personal calls per day?
Do you spend at least 15-30 minutes a day Twittering, Facebook or using some other social networking platform during the work day?
Do you use your smart phone to text at least once or twice a day while at work?
Do you spend time using the Internet for purposes other than work?
Do you peruse other jobs sites like Craig's List looking for a better job while your on the job?
Do you refuse to contribute anything but the bare minimum in terms of time, effort and attention to detail?
Do you view the customer as a bane of your existence?
Do you view your co-workers as lazy and unmotivated and then blame them for being the same?
Do you ever engage your boss unless absolutely positively have to?
Do you think the company that you work for is damn lucky to have someone like you with all your fancy skills, abilities and education?
Do you feel yourself under-appreciated, under-paid and often taken advantage by "the man?"
Do you find yourself reading these questions and saying to yourself...well sometimes...
You may be a sucky employee.
Check that, you are a sucky employee!
Now before you get your panties in a bunch and start saying, "But Steve, my situation is different. You don't know the kind of hell hole I work on. My boss is such an %%#^#!" Let me just stop you right there.
I have no doubt your work environment plays a significant role in the kind of employee you have been up to this point. I am sure it is frustrating and often leaves you with a sense of helplessness. I am sure you feel justified in the actions you take or don't take as an employee of Crap Inc.
But here's the deal, there is not amount of excuses that can be made to justify answering yes to even one of these questions. Am I out of my fricken mind? you say. Perhaps. But I don't think so.
Do you get paid? Did someone believe enough in you way back when to pick you over all other candidates? Did someone see something special in you to say, "we want her!" above all others? Did someone think enough of you that perhaps you would be that model hire they had been looking for that may just change the whole shooting match for the company?
You weren't hired to make your own schedule, do things on your own time and give attitude or push back on the very things you are employed to do.
If the environment in your company sucks, change it. Stand up and be a the shining example and perhaps others will follow. Be the kind of employee that your company aspires to have across the board. Show them they were not wrong in hiring you!!! I beg you.
As I talk about over and over and over again on this BLOG ---- the Ripples of our Actions cascade out and impact in ways we may never know or even consider. How you conduct yourself as an employee, as a trusted steward of your company, has the ability to Ripple good or bad.
If those Ripples have been bad, then change them! Change them yourself before someone changes them for you.