“When you follow your intuition, you learn to recognize when you’re exactly where you are should be.”
As an employee you would completely agree with the analysis of this situation that involves your hard work to meet the deadlines or produce the results that are expected of. It is true that while at work you need to have only the commitment to complete the tasks having been assigned to you. You may not have time to take into consideration the other aspects, such as, doing something tricky (by something tricky I mean adding creativity) to ease your tasks or reducing your hard work or burden and bring a change for better.
This leads to a discussion that is all about such situation which may be absolutely far better in the sight of your management, but is not as much better for you in terms of your career growth and development as it should be, because it just involves your hard work and not your creative instinct. Remember that big ideas and problem solving is tied to nothing but your creative capability. It is therefore such considerations as these, whether or not the hard work is just sufficient – hard work versus quality work and creativity, are very much important to pave you in the right direction – The direction of success and career growth. So, you should pay attention on developing your creative abilities.
Evidence that hard work is just hard work to be appreciated timely may be seen in many a similar instances when X works harder to meet his monthly sales target. He receives some incentives in addition to his salary and wages etc. and so his life goes on. Ultimately, what his legacy will be he remains praiseworthy. If an employee focuses only on hard work, it is as though he were producing the same results that are required timely basis without considering whether he can perform better than the way he is doing currently or the better ways can be applied and improved to produce better results that could lead him towards attaining his personal goals as well. Your personal goal should be to get professional development, salary increase or job enrichment.
If one is admirer of just hard work forgetting the importance of creativity, particularly in this era which is full of science and technology, he may be a person who is just admiring the bulldozer that works harder forgetting the other aspect, that is, the invention of bulldozer which is nothing but based on creativity including resourcefulness and vision and innovation.
There is no denying the fact that hard work is of a great value and importance. It must of course be believed all that preparation is paid off in the end, but what if the hard work does not bring the fruitful results in relation to your job? What if your position does remain same without any further development? Of course you won’t like that you just be patted on the back for all your hard work. It is not uncommon if your situation is such that working all day long you long for a better change and development in terms of your career.
What I try to convey is, besides hard work there is always a need for creativity or innovation in all walks of life including employment. As such, you need to be hard worker but a bit smarter to add creativity and quality in your job activities.
You would have seen those who are promoted or those who are working in the higher capacity than you do, do not do the same thing as you do. Then, what makes the difference excluding their educational qualification? It is nothing but the same thing that I want to point out, it is creativity and quality in their activities. And that is the important thing which helps you make headway in terms of your career growth and development.
K. A. Fareed (Fareed Siddiqui)
Writer, Trainer, Author, Blogger, Software Developer
BBA, MBA-Finance, MPhil-Financial Management, (PhD-Management)
Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications and Programming
Certificate course in English language proficiency
Level 1 – Leadership and Management ILM – UK
Individual Member of Institute of Management Consultants of India