10 Reasons to Give 100% in Your Job

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Whether your employment revolves around a job or a chosen career path, the amount of effort you put into it can help you down the road. Even if the job is something you dislike doing, there are still benefits to giving it all you’ve got. While we might day-dream of just simply not showing up for work one day and being done with that chapter of our lives, burning bridges could hurt chances of future employment or opportunities. You want to give every job you do the most positive effort you can muster up.

1. Return Value

By quitting a job that you worked hard at in the proper way, you are increasing the odds of that business re-hiring you should things fall through elsewhere. If the previous company you worked for acknowledges you as a hard worker, it could go a long way in order to create a fallback in case things don’t go well at a different job.

2. Habitual Lifestyle

Investing 100% of yourself in any given task can form a habit within you that spills over into your personal life as well. By putting full effort into everything in your life, you could reduce your stress levels by completing tasks correctly the first time and keeping organized.

3. Job References

Even if you disliked your previous job, by giving it 100% of your skills you help solidify your position elsewhere if the prospective new employer calls your previous one for references. Essentially, you want to create good word-of-mouth advertising for yourself and working to the fullest of your potential could go a long way to doing just that.

4. Job Security

Employers are more likely to keep an individual working that shows dedication if lay-offs are considered. Someone who puts 100% in their daily lives can secure his or her position within nearly any company regardless of circumstance.

5. Promotions and Pay

Employers are more likely to give more money to those who go above and beyond their job descriptions to benefit the organization. If more work is being completed than what is expected, many employers will offer higher salaries in order to keep you motivated to keep up the work.

6. Self-Worth

Even if it is a job you dislike, you will improve the way you look at yourself after putting in a day consisting of your best work ethic. Nothing is better for your soul than to look at yourself in the mirror and know that you are doing the best possible job you can.

7. Respected by Others

You can put 100% of your talents into your job and be respected without looking like a suck-up. As long as you don’t self-promote too often, others will look to you as an example of how to portray themselves within the organization.

8. Reputation Proceeds You

By having a strong work ethic, your reputation for getting the job done can open greater opportunities within your company or amongst your peers at a different location. Employers could speak to one another and one could boast of your ethics enticing the other to offer you a job at a higher pay. It happens more often than you may think.

9. Leniency

Many employers will be more lenient if emergencies arise if you are a strong worker. They know that the work will be completed when you return and can give them a sense of faith that you do your work well.

10. Improvement Suggestions

There are a lot of employers who are more likely to listen to someone who displays a strong work ethic when it comes to improvements for efficiency. While everyone has suggestions on how the workplace should operate, you are more likely to be heard if you have a strong work ethic.

Regardless if you are in your dream career or not, putting effort into your work can benefit you on multiple levels. Whether you are looking to progress in your career or practicing good ethics within your life, putting 100% of what you’ve got into the task can secure your future in a variety of ways.

Don’t jeopardize your future with day-dreams of a better life. Make that better life happen!

Ken Myers is the founder & contributor for http://www.longhornleads.com/. He frequently researches and writes about a variety of topics like education, Technology, Health and many more.

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2 thoughts on “10 Reasons to Give 100% in Your Job”

  1. You mnake some good and valid points, but gotta call you out on your attutide – you come across as very arrogant. Just because you can adapt well and have the willingness to overlook office politics to get the job done doesn’t make you more valuable than an older and more experienced person. Granted, by your description you have as much if not more to offer than the older members of your work group. That looks bad for them, as they should be as adaptable as you are. As for the points you made regarding company politics, most of the older workers pay more attention to that because of the time they have invested in their jobs at the company. The longer a person works for a specific employer, the more entrenched they become in the politics. That is a fact of business if you want to succeed. It will be interesting to look in on your career in 15 years to see what your attutide and ethic are at that point.The points made here are not intended to downplay the value of the younger workforce. They are being made to support the elder folks, who are having a harder time getting a job than those in your age group, and unfortunately because of some of the points you brought up. Most of us have families to support and a more established lifestyle, so being gainfully employed tends to be a more critical issue. Unfortunately that makes some of us less desirable as potential employees as we may be perceived as expecting a higher wage, require more time off for family things, etc. When I was young and single my managers had to force me to take some time off for some down time. Now that I have an established lifestyle I plan the opportunities for down time away from work responsibilites.

  2. Hi Manaf

    Thanks for your comment. I re-read the post several times over after reading your comment, and to be honest, I can’t see how it makes a reference to young people specifically or excludes older people.
    I am mid-career myself, over 40, and I do have a different outlook on my job and career than when I was in my 20s. Nevertheless, I still give 100% and want to give 100% for the same reasons in this post until my career is over.


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