Work

How to be an excellent worker

Tay Yong Thai // August 15, 2018, 6:08 pm

suitguy

In the early part of my career, I learnt from my seniors that my direct supervisor was the person with the most influence on my career and ranking.

Coming straight out of university, where we were left pretty much on our own to figure out how to score in the examination, it was hard work trying to figure out what the boss in the workplace wanted. It got more difficult when I was either changing roles or bosses every 1 to 2 years.

But after about a decade of chasing after what each new boss wanted, I had an epiphany when I came to realise who my boss really is — God.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24)

Working for the Lord enabled me to consistently behave in a way that reflects my beliefs and values. Trusting in the Lord for my work and career allowed me to rejoice always – giving thanks in all circumstances knowing that He is in control (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).

It liberated me from the need to be a people-pleaser. I could treat people sincerely and do what I sincerely believe in (Colossians 3:22).

A SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE

One of the first things fellow colleagues and supervisors look out for in us is our quality of work.
In a highly connected workplace, we are all dependent on each other for the performance of the work we are responsible for and how it fits into the big picture. However, as Christians, there is the added dimension of Christ in our work.

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

We are representatives of Christ at the workplace and our behaviour and actions should be the best that we can achieve to reflect Him working in our lives. Being a good co-worker also opens the doors for us to share about our lives and what is important to us with others.

I had an epiphany when I came to realise who my boss really is — God.

TREAT OTHERS SINCERELY

On the surface, the workplace can be quite a competitive place and some may go by the mantra, the winner takes it all.

However, that attitude only works if you have only one encounter with the other party. A career can be a long journey and there are many encounters with many parties and it is important that we win someone over with our sincerity and admit our mistakes if they are our fault. Our colleagues will appreciate if we look out for their interests as well as ours (Phil 2:3-4).

I attended the retirement dinner of a Christian colleague last year and during the tribute session to her, a fellow colleague shared a quote which stuck with me.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

It is a reminder to me that in the course of our work, not only must we focus on the task at hand, we should take into consideration the feelings/views of others and also strive to reach a solution where everyone can take back something of value.

Hopefully, we can leave behind a positive legacy and witness to others.


This article was first published on YCK Chapel’s website and is republished with permission.