Many times companies will hire externally for experience, and employees end up in roles that are lateral at best for them. Then there are times when people need the money and absolutely need the role in front of them, or want to get a foot in the door. The roles people find themselves in could be seen as unfulfilling or not challenging. Or…. they could be looked at as an opportunity to excel at the same time proving your worth for the next level or levels of jobs.
I’ve always been the most impressed when employees see a problem (big or small) in the workplace and just take it upon themselves to work on and fix, complete, improve it, etc. When leaders see others going above and beyond in that way they become a real asset, someone to keep around for the long haul and to give additional challenges and roles to.
We’ve all heard stories of people who started as secretaries and janitors in their companies and rose to the C-Suite or CEO positions. Those are these people. You can guarantee they were not unproductive, but instead doing work others didn’t want to do, helping others, offering up solutions, and learning from others at all times. These are the people that will succeed, in work and in life.
Contributors: Dana Deibel from EverRamp