The football season is in full swing! Are you a team player?
We are once again in the middle of a great professional football season and it is great to see the talented players putting on the “greatest show on turf” once again. It got me to thinking about “certain” players, their impact on the game itself and on the reputation of their employers.
Employers at all levels are seeking people who are team players, yet in the NFL it seems that there are certain players that have a knack for being involved in negative controversies – whether it be illegal activity, steroid abuse, spousal abuse, or one player was even arrested this past season on murder charges!
How does this impact your career you may ask? We all commit minor offenses that can sabotage our careers, a project, or have an impact on our company’s reputation. Being late for meetings, surfing the internet a little too long, calling in sick, or being late on your portion of a project are all little offenses… maybe we should call them penalties? Although a single employee’s “penalty” may be minor, the combination of a number employees conducting these minor offenses can add up to a big loss for the employer and the business being “punted” to the competition.
You can also penalize yourself in your job search by not following up with resume submissions, not returning phone calls promptly and not checking for misspellings on correspondence.
Commit yourself to being the best employee or job seeker you can be! In order to score, the team needs to work together – without penalties!