The life experiences of others can prove quite valuable in our ventures as they give us an idea of what to expect, avoid and prioritize.
Life makes a lot more sense when you look at it as a continuous learning experience. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, there's something we can learn from every phase of our lives—both personal and professional. Likewise, the life experiences of others can also prove quite valuable in our ventures as they give us an idea of what to expect, avoid and prioritize. A viral Twitter thread proved valuable in this sense when Twitter user @angelamavalla posed this question to fellow Twitter users: "What is the biggest lesson that employment has taught you?"
What is the biggest lesson that employment has taught you?— 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕊𝕜𝕚𝕟𝕗𝕝𝕦𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕖𝕣 (@angelamavalla) July 31, 2021
According to Nicola Simpson, a London-based career coach, one of the main things most people aren't aware of when starting their professional careers is the need to strategically manage their careers. "In the early years, the attention is on the acquisition of skill, knowledge, expertise," she told Bored Panda. "Thereafter, people need to be thinking about their long-term career progression, focusing on the selection of roles they both want and NEED to do to advance, and then actively managing their timeline (not staying in any one role too long, equally not leaving too soon.)."
Don't depend on it. You can get fired /laid off at any time.— jo (@quietlionness) August 1, 2021
"Don't you EVER for a second get to thinking, you're irreplaceable." pic.twitter.com/cDJWiXWQPQ
"Attention needs to be given to the underlying culture and relationship dynamics within organizations," Simpson added. "People need to ask themselves, what factors are driving these?" She explained that although making sense of this can be tricky, "getting to the root drivers helps to create awareness and options for how best to respond." Simpson highly recommends reading through others' experiences online to make better decisions in one's professional life. "The stories of others can inspire and also serve as a warning of the many career pitfalls out there," she said. "Be confident in your career and your ability to navigate the inevitable challenges that will arise on the way. Get the help of a career coach when needed and have a plan, don't drift."
Here are 25 valuable lessons about being employed that you could gain a lot from:
That my physical and mental health comes first— PreciousMajesty (@sitshaEsihle1) July 31, 2021
Management get there through social circles not hard graft— Daler Singh (@fingers_pies_in) July 31, 2021
Most managers are clipboard types, don't know process at grass roots level so tight deadlines
Bad managers always try to change things before they understand how it works
Loyalty get u nowhere, more u do more they expect
Your time is essential too, learn how to enjoy life and not live to work.— Yol✨ (@1stgenYolee) July 31, 2021
Everyone is expendable. A company can and will fire you, even after giving you the “we are family” speech.— Travis (@travmason) July 31, 2021
That the reward for good work is more work— terribletea⁷❂💜 (@sillyarmerie) August 1, 2021
Dont be afraid to hop around until you find a place you enjoy. This year I job hopped and everytime I got more of what I was looking for. Being loyal to companies that don’t give a damn about you is unhealthy.— Jazzlyn (@_Jaystime) July 31, 2021
No amount of money is worth missing time with friends and family, dealing with crippling anxiety, or dealing with horrible management.— Otis Bushtail (@brooksbannister) August 2, 2021
Never do more work out of love for it. You might not see it as a "transactional relationship", but your employers will. And if you start expecting more because you give more, they'll remind you they never asked for it. You're the fool.— Jinal Bhatt (@Jinal1303) August 2, 2021
Be selfish! Switch that job for a better pay / better work environment / better peace of mind if you have to. Being loyal is not reciprocated. Look out for yourself, coz no one else is going to.— PP (@Proper_Pateela) July 31, 2021
HR is not there for the employees sake, but for the company’s sake. They will most likely ignore your complaints unless the company is in danger of losing an employee or being sued.— Lexu (6.0 spoilers possible) (@lexiecami) August 1, 2021
Don't stay in toxic work spaces- if you can, leave. Also guys at work shouldn't know your personal business— joyflo (@joy_flo) July 31, 2021
You spend approximately 8 hrs a day, 5 days a week there, if you don’t get along with the people and have no interest in what you do, your life will be pretty miserable— Fido Dido (@juma_mukosi) July 31, 2021
Any management referring to the company as a "family" make quadruple what their workers earn and would fire half the staff to cover their own poor resource management.— Sam Marner (@Marnerbanana) July 31, 2021
How the least capable people make it to the top.— Katie ❣ (@Redhotmoon77) July 31, 2021
You don't have to be friends with anyone at work, do your job, get paid and go home.— Akíntúndé Babátúndé (@olorunwababs) August 1, 2021
If they offer an exit interview just say thanks for the opportunity but it’s time for something new. Airing complaints at this point won’t change a damn thing if they weren’t listening while you actually worked there, but it could affect your reference.— whatsupwithmoe (@whatsupwithmaia) August 3, 2021
minimum wage=minimum effort— kyah jewel (@kyahjewel) July 31, 2021
Don't be intimidated by the job description on the job advert. It's mostly big grammar for the thing you can do or have been doing already.— E³ (@jobseekerscreed) July 31, 2021
1. Use every single minute of PTO you have earned.— Kim Wexler's Ponytail (@MadisonKittay) July 31, 2021
2. Giving 2 weeks notice is a gift to employers that they don't reciprocate. Quit at 5pm on your last day.
You are not a favorite employee, you are just easy to manipulate n take advantage of .✌🏼✌🏼— sangrina (@Asessoh) July 31, 2021
1. Toxic work environment is real— 💃🏾✈ Fliest Flight Attendant💃🏾✈ (@caisely) July 31, 2021
2. Take sick days even when you aren't sick
3. Coworkers can and can't be friends
4. You are just a number to most employers
5. Do something you love or you'll be miserable
Staying at a job that treats you like garbage is the worst thing you can do because you are hindering yourself from leaving and finding a better job that will treat you better.— Davon Swan (@DavonSwan) July 31, 2021
A coworker died in front of me in 2018 (went into cardiac arrest while on break) Since then, employment has taught me:— Tristan D. Myles (@Four6Three1Two) August 3, 2021
1. Employers won’t show up to your funeral
2. Once you go to HR, start looking for a new job.
3. Don’t ever have sex with a coworker. (Should’ve been Rule No.1)
You don’t have to be good at your job, you just have to be good at convincing people you’re good at your job.— Mike Lovell (@Danger_Mike) July 31, 2021
Never kill yourself because of a job.— Onyedika Oat Meal Fufu (@Jesuonyem) August 1, 2021
Promotion is not always by your performance but kissing the right asses.
The HR is not your friend, never believe a word they say, they are there to protect the company not you.