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So you want job security, NO problem! People always seem in a hurry to find a new job but have no urgency to be the person nobody wants to lose. My dad used to tell me that job security is between your ears. You are secure because of WHO you are.

People get angry at me for saying this but I can’t help it. Finding good jobs isn’t the problem. Finding great team members…that’s a problem!

If you want people to train you, care about you, promote you and fight to have you on their team, here’s how you do it. You may not have all the skills you wish you had, but you’ve got everything you need to be a fabulous team member.

Here’s exactly a dozen things you are completely capable to do.

Get ready to ROCK YOUR TEAM.

#1. SHOW UP

Show up on time; maybe even early. There are no excused cuts. Your team is counting on you. You have to SHOW UP. Oh yea and bring your brain, it might come in handy.

#2. WAKE UP

Look alive. Be energetic….put a spring in your step, not just at quitting time.

#3. LOOK UP

Pay attention. Look people in the eye. Ask intelligent questions to make sure you’re on the same page.

#4. THROW UP WHEN YOU SCREW UP

You won’t be perfect, but if your team is losing money, losing time, or scrambling to pick you up, it should make you sick.

#5. BE TRUSTWORTHY

Do the stuff you don’t mind getting caught for! Don’t steal. Especially don’t steal time. Be the person you’d want on your team. Facebook can wait.

#6. BE A MINORITY WORKER

If you’re passionate about being the best at your job, unfortunately you’re in the minority. Don’t do the minimum. Don’t look around to see what others are doing. Be your best.

#7. BE RESPONSIBLE

Learn to say I’m sorry. Don’t blame others. Be responsible for your actions AND your reactions. Own it.

#8. BE HAPPY

Smile like you’re happy to be there and happy to be alive. It’s contagious.

#9. BE MEMORABLE

Find ways to make people remember you… not those stupid ways (oh yea, I will never forget Johnny… who knew you could put an earring there), surprise them in a good way.

#10. BE DEPENDABLE

Put others first. Make sure your team is taken care of. Trust me, when it really matters (not your fake excuse to get a sick day) they’ll come through for you.

#11. BE PREPARED

Don’t show up without putting in the prep. If it’s not important to you, find another job.

#12. BE VOCAL

Remind yourself and others what you’re taking for granted, even if this isn’t your dream job. Remember, there is power in the spoken word. Speak it, believe it, become it.

Say this to your team:

  • I‘ve learned a lot working with you.
  • I am really thankful to have this job.
  • I love being on this team.
  • What can I can do to help.

Do the right thing because it’s the right thing. Nobody else is responsible for your success. If you follow through, you’ll be in demand. Be your best, and don’t worry about the rest.

Don’t do it because it feels good. Do it until it feels good!

Don’t wait till you feel appreciated or you think THEY deserve your best. Do it because you deserve it.

You’re becoming the person who will attract great teams. Be the person nobody wants to live without: that’s job security.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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