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Sigh! Somehow we keep coming back to this question; a question whose answer is intuitive enough to reveal itself.  For the avoidance of doubt, I am happy to discuss it.

What does it mean to be a good employee?

In the simplest terms: Adhere to company rules and regulations: this is your company’s definition of how it has chosen to operate in order to fulfill the reason for its establishment. Do your work well and then take it a step further to do it great: this is the reason for which you were hired and what will guarantee your growth. Embrace personal and professional growth: this is a compulsory service to yourself and to your organization. First to ensure expansion for yourself either within or without your organization and to ensure expansion for your organization. This is a law of nature; growth and multiplicity. The three items listed above describe the responsibility of the employee towards themselves and their organization. Understand that you were not hired as a favor to the organization but you were hired because a need arose and you were deemed the answer to a problem. It is your responsibility to solve the problem in a way that promotes your organization as a problem-solving organization and to do it in a profitable way for your organization. However, it takes two to tango. Employers also need to put the enabling structures in place for employees to thrive. Think about what a seed needs to grow and bear much fruit, good soil (the business structure), water (remuneration and benefits), sunlight (ethics and culture), weeding, trimming and pruning (performance measurement). If it produces, you harvest, if it doesn’t, you uproot. The choice is yours; to produce or to be uprooted.

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This article was first published on 3rd November 2017


Ekundayo Odele (Managing Director, CEO UnoCasa Limited). I'm an engineer turned HR Professional with a love for people and businesses. What I do best is inspire people to be the best they can. Me in three descriptions: change agent, people lover, happy bunny. Fun factor: I will try anything once, really. To see Ekundayo's latest Projects, check out Future Business Leaders Programme on Twitter and Instagram as @fblpng and on LinkedIn and Facebook as Future Business Leaders Programme.

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