When Richard is working, he wants to do it not only with the sound mind but also with the full heart. When it comes to work, he has the principle that he follows since he landed on his first job. He believes that for every work we do, we should put our heart on to get our work right. Working with heart is completing your work confidently done. Richard has no worry if he’s not doing it remarkably because as long as he is within the so called standard and as long as he’s doing it with his heart, he supposes he will most likely end right. If by the slim chance he missed it correctly (since there is no perfect but almost perfect only), Richard will feel sad but not guilty. This is okay because at the end of the day, you can really say that you did your job and Richard can sleep confidently that he’d have done what are his supposed responsibilities.
While it’s very true that there might be mistake on the finished products or the output we provided, this is normal because everybody can get mistake and it happens. If you go through the norms, meaning that you are working without doing shortcuts and yet you found mistake later, that is fine still because sometimes mistakes are really inevitable to happen. The important is you did your part and you are doing your job by heart because when you do your job with heart on, you are giving dignity and respect to your work. Yes, technically the end product is wrong but the attitude how you made to complete the job makes the difference. Richard may have mistakes in the pasts but he doesn’t feel morally down because he knows he honestly worked hard to complete those jobs. Like he politely approaches colleagues, fairly worked with or without supervision and even go through the standard procedures. It is just a matter that sometimes our best is not enough and for this, Richard’s fault is pardonable and his works can still say acceptably fine. He’s might technically wrong but his work attitude is perfectly fine.
It’s professionalism that makes our whole work fine. Whatever our work is, we should work like a professional. It doesn’t need to have licensure or need to have prefix title on our name to become professional. In many ways you can be professional. The way you speak, your behavior towards your colleagues, and the way you treat your work are all acts of professionalism. Professionalism is being true and loyal to our job. You can be a good engineer, a famous architect or an experienced physician but if the way you treat your job is not according to the responsibilities you sworn, then you are not really professional. If you are collecting pay for the job you did not really worked, if you are using the company’s resources for your personal use, if you are coming late or going home early, if you are showing favoritism amongst your staff, if you are into politics – though you may successfully finished your work or no matter what profession you’ve obtained, at the end of the day you are not really professional. Professionalism comes when you have integrity in your work which is all about honesty and attitude.
I found the case of Richard a real good and it turns me to look at myself and do self-check on my work attitude. I am sailing on the same boat. For me, no matter how competent, loyal, hardworking and reliable in his work the man can be, still he cannot be the best employee and not deserved to promote if that man is deceitful. In the same way a man who is so punctual and kind but not productive. Cheating, stealing and tricking your company are not fair. Being honest to your work is an excellent attitude that tells your upbringing whether on or off work. Someone can have the excellent work but if it is out of politics, if you’ve got it the unfair way, if you are not deserved for it, then that is a half cook victory. The end doesn’t justify the mean. It means to say that it should not be looked at the result but equally important to consider is the person’s attitude how the product has come up.
By Alex V. Villamayor
December 30, 2015