“I come to office daily on time, I do not waste any time and remain focused on my Job, I sit late in the office and complete all the work as assigned to me”. An employee told me while explaining how hard-working he was and why he was not appraised as an outstanding employee.
I believe many HR people (and head of departments) face such situation. They have to answer and settle scores with such disgruntled employees. Why it happens? And how our staff can come out of such a situation?.
I have also come across many such people, who say they do a lot of hard work, but at the end they do not get what “They Think” they should be getting. Such people complain of biasness, favoritism and also lack of fairness in the management to reward the right people. Our organization at the same time are not free from such menace, however, countering these ills in the organization can become easy once an employee knows and understands his own agenda and work process.
In our personal capacities we usually only focus on the knowledge and skills part of the equation. Whereas, the attitude part, is seldom left unattended. The attitude brings in us the necessary “Package” which is required to create a worthwhile professional standing in the organization. When we go to work in an organization we do not work in isolation. We work to make sure anything we do within the organization is up to the professional standards. When we do not understand the professional standards we fall in the trap of doing the hard work with no results. Let us touch upon such things in the organizations that can make a “package” out of you and will reduce your “Matter of Excuses” containing the blames “only those are rewarded who are near, dear and seen by the big boss”. You are also seen in the organization let us see how.
You are seen: No matter what category of work you are doing, or in which cadre of office management you are in, your work and you as an individual is observed and seen. I have seen many office staff as saying in their private talks that, I am too junior or I am doing too menial a work, to be seen by the management. They do not have time to look at my work or my contribution to the organizational success. Being HR head of organizations, I have seen this excuse to be neutralizing when we sit with the head of departments at the time of training nominations and/or at the time of appraisals. We discuss amongst ourselves people of all categories and cadres. Those who do good work are seen, those who present their work are talked about and those who are showing to the management that they are doing work are listened to. I have seen people complaining that I cannot go to my boss’s office all the time and do……well you know…..“TC”.
You do not have to go there all the time, your work will reach there. You have a number of means to make your work available to them so that you are talked about. Let me tell you, you cannot escape the management at any time. You have means to be seen and your management has eyes on you all the time.
You are seen when you make a sale, you are seen when you present a report, You are seen when you dress properly in the office, you are seen when you talk in any of the meeting opportunities, you are seen when you give any suggestions, you are seen when you walk in the office corridors, you are seen when you talk to any of the client or office staff in a professional manner, you are seen when you park your car in the car parking, you are seen when you give way to others to pass by, you are seen when you enter or leave an office lift, you are seen when you display your office identity card on your chest, you are seen when you enter in the office, you are seen when you mark your attendance (or swipe your card), you are seen when you have lunch during the day, you are seen when you have your usual tea at your workplace, you are seen when you go out to have a smoke, you are seen when you sit in your cubical (or office desk), you are seen when you remain available for any discussion, you are seen when you reply an email within time, you are seen when you apply for a leave, you are seen when you walk into the offices of your seniors/colleagues and leave the offices of your seniors/colleagues, you are seen when you work with your co workers, you are seen when you help your co workers, you are seen when you take part in any of the company initiatives, you are seen when you raise your hand in a meeting to volunteer for something, you are seen when you participate in any of the corporate trainings, you are seen when you go out on an official visit, you are seen when you come back and claim reimbursements for your visits, you are seen when you organize your office desk, you are seen when you listen, you are seen when you share, you are seen when you help, you are seen when you stand in the office corridor and talk to a colleague, you are seen when you write a memo or prepare an excel sheet, you are seen when you give an excuse, you are seen when you invite a guest to your office, you are seen when you make a promise and then keep it or drop it, you are seen when you promise to call back in 5 minutes and do so (or do not do so), you are seen when you complain and crib, you are seen when you advise, you are seen when you remain motivated and when you contribute towards the organizational success. It does not ONLY matter as to when you come to office and how hard work you put in ONLY your own GIVEN tasks, it matters indeed as to how you present yourself as a Package to the organization and prove your worth at every stage.
What comes your way at the end of the year as an appraisal thus becomes directly proportional to how you are seen throughout the year, because remember you are talked about when it matters. If you are seen negatively you probably will not be amongst the people who are spoken about positively.
(Dedicated to my friends and colleagues who wanted to understand from me as to what was happening and how the things were done in the close doors at the time of appraisals)