How to survive in a corporate?

How to survive in a corporate?

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When I joined my organization I used to think about ways to survive. I came across many myths which now I can say they were wrong. I learned many things from my organization and the people came across me. So I am listing some myths below and the real truth behind them:

  1. Work hard and you will win – No, it’s not the hard work which lets you win always. Apart from hard work one must know what smart work is. Being a hardest worker is not everything. Take a long lunch. Get all your work done early. Grand thinking requires space, flexibility and time. So let people see you staring at the wall. They’ll know you’re a person with big ideas and taking time to think makes you more valuable.
  2. Everyone in workplace is bad, no matter what reflects on their face – No, not every person is bad. There are good people too in industry. Many believe that one’s simple looks and polite nature has nothing to do with the work, the more polite he is with the outside people, the cleverer he is inside and a master in playing politics. But there are good people too. There are people who sacrifice themselves for the benefit of others. There are ones who hide the mistakes of juniors in front of bosses. And there are people who always want benefit of others by sharing their worst experiences. These are the ones who are good by heart and in reality they are the ones who succeed in life.
  3. Do good work and you’ll do fine – Nope. As there is a famous saying, “It’s not the hours you put in your work that counts, it’s the work you put in the hours.” And no one will know what you’re doing in your cube unless you tell them. Let people know what you’re working on and tell them. Recognize that self-promotion is an art form; be careful that you don’t oversell. Don’t take credit for someone else’s good work. Give your colleagues the credit they deserve and you will stand out.
  4. The hardest workers get promoted – Nope. The most likable people get promoted. Across the board, people would rather work with someone who is likable and incompetent than with someone who is skilled and obnoxious. Open yourself up to possibilities and explore the greatest potential of your unique personality, learning what you need to do to become more likable.
  5. E-mail is always the most efficient communication method – No! It’s hard to remember how we got along without e-mail, but it’s decidedly misused and over-relied upon today. Calling a person or having face time with him can minimize confusion, and builds relationships. So instead of sending too many mails, a voice call or a meeting is beneficial. Without visual and auditory cues, people often misinterpret the intent and message of e-mails. Email is the last choice after face-to-face and voice.
  6. My job is the best job in the world – Yes you should like your job. You must like what you are doing without which the passion would be lacked. But it doesn’t mean that this is the only job you could work in and is the best. There can be more possibilities and more opportunities outside. So it is necessary to be in touch with outside world like what the market is talking about and what will be the future. A wise lady said to me “Never fully satisfy with your job and always expect more from yourself. That is the way to grow.”
  7. The generation gap between team members, or between bosses and employees hampers productivity and the pursuit of workplace happiness– Maybe yes, maybe no. Although there is clearly an age difference, I argue strongly that it’s not a gap but a mash-up, a potential fusion and co-generational melding that leverages skills, attributes, and perspectives. Clearly people of different age groups see the world in different ways and bring different experience and skills to the table. Lassoing those skills to get that bronco moving forward with all of its energy intact is the goal. It’s like any other relationship issue: If you ignore it, the relationship will fail.
  8. Always seek help from the one who has more experience –It is the normal trend to believe the one who is senior to you. But the fact is to always seek help from the one who is more knowledgeable no matter she can be a junior. I have seen many people in industry who have experience but lack in knowledge. There should be no hesitation like why to seek help from a junior because somebody experienced has said, “Ability lies in knowledge not in experience”.
  9. Create the shiny brand of you! – There is no magic formula to having a great career except to be you. Really you. Know who you are and have the humility to understand that self-knowledge is a never-ending journey. Figure out how to do what you love, and you’ll be great at it. Offer your true, good-natured self to other people and you’ll have a great network. Those who stand out as leaders have a notable authenticity that enables them to make genuinely meaningful connections with a wide range of people. Authenticity is a tool for changing the world by doing good.
  10. Man proposes and God disposes – Lastly, always believe in god. There can be times when you feel low due to workplace problems or your personal problems. There can be times when you have to take big decisions in your professional and personal lives. There can be times when you get stuck and there is nobody to help you out. Remember there is someone else who can also help you besides your seniors and bosses; he is God who is there with us all the time. Just do your best and leave the rest to god. There are some things in this world which must be left for god, this is my personal experience. If you are defeated, if you are ignored, if your efforts doesn’t bring you to your destination, never lose hope have faith in god. There’s a saying ‘Man proposes, God disposes’. But god disposes our proposal only to make it much better…

Life is a journey to explore the unexplored with convenient halts. With this zeal and having explored what my company had in store for me, I am moving ahead to chase the bigger and taller dreams.

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