• Wed. Jan 26th, 2022

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Show Up Like A Grown-Up At Work

When it comes to work, it is wonderful to show up like a grown-up. A basic reality of life is that many of us must work for a living. Some of us work for others and some of us work for ourselves. No matter which is the case, the fact remains that we must work to earn a living.

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When you must work for a living it is important for you to show up like a grown-up.  Grown-ups are responsible, mature, and able to handle the responsibilities of work.  Look at the following differences between children at work and grown-ups at work:

Children at work:
  • show up just before work starts or late
  • play around all day
  • refuse to accept any extra assignments
  • counter-productive in team tasks
  • treat work as if it is a playground

Adults at work:

  • show up at work station at least 15 minutes before start time
  • work throughout the day
  • accept extra assignments within reason
  • are a valuable part of team assignments
  • treat work as if what is being done is important

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If you want to read more great ideas about the job search, check out:

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The economy is improving and in many industries, finding a job is easier today than it has been for quite a while. That does not change the fact that if you want to remain gainfully employed or want to continue operating a successful business, you must, without exception, show up like a grown-up every day and actually work at work. So, the question for you this wonderful day is what are your tips for showing up like a grown-up at work?

8 thoughts on “Show Up Like A Grown-Up At Work”
  1. I show up by doing things in a timely fashion, and being conscious of being organized. I’m not a naturally organized person, so I have to make an effort. that’s what you do when you’re an adult working, though!

  2. Sarah, you are right, it is harder to show up like a grown up when you work on your own as a freelancer. But that is just the kind of work where acting like a grown up is most important.

  3. As a freelancer I need to be reminded all the time to show up like an adult and act like the work I do matters. Just because I’m “just a blogger” doesn’t mean I can blow things off or not take it seriously!

  4. You are so right. We may say we are an adult but our adult status will show through our actions. Having a job is so vital right now we must understand how to keep a job and that is being an ADULT.

    Thanks for this great post.

    Pamela

  5. Yes, you are right on all your points. I just thought of an old song, “I got my mind on my money and my money on my mind.”

  6. One of my resolutions is to be early to work. I keep Colossians 3:23-24 posted at work to remind myself it’s not about ME but about a Higher Power.

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