Say the name “Michael Scott,” and a few words immediately jump to mind: ridiculous, clueless, outrageous. Even if you’re not an avid fan of The Office, you’ve probably heard of its main character, played by Steve Carell. The character, and the show, have become icons for dysfunctional workplaces everywhere. While the show is a comedy and not meant to be taken seriously, most of us can agree that we would not want to work with someone like that in real life. Why? Among other reasons, a lack of genuineness.
People want to know that others actually mean what they say and do; that they’ll walk the walk instead of just talking the talk. It might be cliché, but actions do speak louder than words.
So how can we be more genuine people and better workers? By knowing what it means to be genuine, and adjusting our behavior accordingly. In the article “12 Habits of Genuine People,” Travis Bradberry offers the following pointers:
- Don’t try to make people like you. Be comfortable in your own skin, and don’t be afraid to do the right thing.
- Don’t judge. Having an open mind goes a long way. It shows you respect your coworkers and their opinions.
- March to the beat of your own drum. See pointer 1.
- Be generous. When one person succeeds, it affects everyone. Be a team player – you’re all in this together.
- Treat everyone with respect. We’re all on this crazy journey called life.
- Don’t be materialistic. Enjoy the little things.
- Be trustworthy. No explanation needed.
- Be thick-skinned. It’s usually not personal.
- Limit your screen time. Put your phone away when having a conversation.
- Check your ego. Do what you do because you love the job, not for the attention.
- Practice what you preach. Know yourself – both your strengths and weaknesses.
- Be confident in your accomplishments. They speak for themselves.
So there you go. You’re well on your way to becoming your best you. For more information on growing professionally, visit us at https://www.expenseanywhere.com/ or call us at 412-858-1111.