PLEASE CARE ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO!

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Going with the name of this website, I assume that most of the readers are geeks and this might not apply to you. But I still think that this is a very subtle point that everyone should consider when looking for a job or debating about whether to do something or not.

The whole point of this blog is to convey how important it is to love the work you do. Working as an intern at a company, sometimes I notice people working as if they are being forced to do what they are doing without any interest. Although this is a rare occasion, it creates several problems in the company environment. I would like to give 2 real life examples where this happened and he/she had to face the consequences.

The first one is about my co-worker in the IT Dept. We only have one person in the IT dept. of this company. This is usually fine because we are a relatively small company and we don’t have a big IT infrastructure to maintain. Thus, any maintenance and repair-work are just contracted out to IT-solutions companies in the respect areas of the overall infrastructure. Last year and continuing on to this year, the IT head started on a few big projects to update the infrastructure and such. Thus, he wanted to focus entirely on these projects instead of spending time on small tasks such as running reports, technical support for the company, and doing other trivial tasks to maintain the database and help out other departments in the company. Thus, we ended up hiring a person to do these tasks. To prevent going into too much detail, he started off adapting very well. But by the end of summer last year, we started seeing his weaknesses. The IT head tried his very best to try to get him back on track by pointing out his mistakes. No matter what was done, he still kept repeating the same mistakes and overall ended up causing the head of IT more stress than good. The IT head was worried about the mistakes that the assistant made and had me check a lot of the work done by him. By the beginning of this year, he started to act like he gave not one crap about what he did. While I was finishing up my senior year in high school, he ended up quitting, or so I heard. Now, I am not sure as to what happened at the end, and I won’t make speculations about anything, but I am sure it had something to do with his performance.

Another similar example is about the Marketing manager that we recently hired. Although he does the work that he is told to do, he does not do anything voluntarily such as maintaining Constant Contact, which we use on a weekly basis to send out promotional emails. It is a critical task to maintain this database of customer contacts on Constant Contact because other departments, such as Business Development and IT, use it heavily as well. In the end, what is happening is that I am the one who is given projects to maintain Constant Contact.

Through these examples, the one idea that I would like to pass on to you is that, by not caring about the work you do, you are not only causing yourself harm, you are also hurting the company itself. In the first example, by the IT employee not doing his work properly, my boss was unnecessarily stressed and had to have me check the work he did. In the second example, not only is he hurting customer relations by sending emails to people that either left the customer’s company or had passed away, he is also having the company pay me to do his work.

Whenever you are debating about whether or not to take on a job or even do a simple task to help someone out, inquire within yourself whether or not you are going to care enough about it in order to actually help the party. Please don’t go into something by thinking “Eh.. I’ll try it and see how it turns out.”

Hope that this blog helped someone and as always, thank you for reading!

Author

Jerin Saji

Certified in A+, Net+, and MTA for Networking Fundamentals. Have 500+ hours of Internship experience in IT. Studying for a BS in IT & MS in Software Engineering. Contact: jerinsaji209@gmail.com

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