Is the work you do—Half-Fast?

eeThere is a clever kitchen sign that reads, “I am not a slow cook, I am not a fast cook, I am a half-fast cook.” Now say that three times real fast and you will get the gist of this post. Do you take pride in your work or do you do a “slap-happy” job and expect a full paycheck or undeserved praise? Do you take time to do your job well or do you “half-step” knowing deep down inside that you are a slacker?

If you are a half-fast employee sooner or later it will catch up with you. When you read a performance review and it says, “employee does not pay attention to details, “or “employee shows no incentive or personal motivation,” your review is calling you a half-fast employee. They say that in most workplaces that 80 percent of the hard work is being done by 20 percent of the people. I am not sure if that is true, but every workplace has folks who want to hurry up and say “we” when their department or crew does an outstanding job, but those same folks don’t share the same “I” will help enthusiasm when it comes to doing the hard work.

Parents play an essential role in raising half-fast children. Children who are told to clean their rooms, but who instead go and shove everything under their beds are pulling a fast one that will catch up with them sooner or later. When we were kids, back in the stone age, if we didn’t do a job right, we had to do it over and over until we got it right. The message we got was, if you do it right the first time you won’t have to keep redoing it. What we learned is that if you take the time and effort to do a job well the first time you can prevent a lot of wasted effort and frustration later on.

My pet peeve is folks who mow their lawns and especially contractors who mow vacant lots and mow right over all the plastic bags, paper bags, Styrofoam cups, aluminum cans, and other visible debris. I would never run my lawnmower over an area where I did not know what might bend my blade or tear up my mower. It makes no sense to invest in lawn mowing equipment, then dog it out, running the blade over tree limbs, and heavy debris. Keep doing it and your mower will stop running. But too many people are to half-fast to take the time to survey where they plan to mow and pick up the debris that will be cut into a thousand pieces of shard. What is left behind when a lawnmower runs over plastic bags is an unsightly mess—that the wind will blow all over the neighborhood—for someone else to pick up. Why not do the right thing and pick up large debris—especially paper?

I suppose I need to just stop complaining about modern day work ethics and just “live and let live.” I should know by now that none of my legions of complaints have made one iota of a difference to anybody. I should just “shut up.”

Copyright 2017 – L. Arthalia Cravin. All rights Reserved. No part of this commentary may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the author.

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