Why Resiliency Will Get You a Raise
It’s that time. You can feel it. You’ve been working hard for years, never complaining about your expanding responsibilities, those long hours on the weekend or even having to travel to boring conferences and stay in low budget hotels. It’s time for a raise. You know it. And now it is time to make your case.
You assemble your evidence highlighting the many ways you’ve contributed to the growth of the company, how your ideas have not only saved corporate money but increased profits through your hard work and exceptional business vision. These are all laudable accomplishments and character traits for any office professional, but one attribute you should also call attention to is your resiliency. The fact that no matter how tough the times were you never complained, wavered or fell apart.
This article featuring an interview with Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, elaborates, “What people admire is very much about the times. If you look at the way you think about a company today, having been through the financial crisis and all the other things, I think people have more of an appreciation for resiliency. Every company recognizes that you're not always going in a straight line. It's the people that keep paddling, even when the tide's against them, that have done well.”
That’s the thing about life: As long as you never give up, as long as you keep going, you’ll eventually be rewarded for your stoicism. Though resilience may not be flashy or grandiose it is effective, and can only be accomplished in the long term. Remember that your coworkers are watching you every day, they know if you show up ten minutes late or leave ten minutes early. By paying attention to the small things, those details that reveal much about our characters, one can build an incredible reputation for being an upstanding and reliable employee. So when it comes time to seek that promotion, make sure your resiliency receives the attention it deserves.
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