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Be A Better Worker: Work Like It's Your Last Day

Apr 7, 2021 3:32:01 PM / by Brian Paulson posted in small business operations

How can you be a better worker, improve your image, and reduce stress at work? These all have the same answer; work each day like it's your last day on the job. This applies to all levels of employees - even owners.

I realize this concept might sound a bit odd at first. However, keep reading. The organization you work for will really appreciate this if something unexpected happens to you. Even if something unexpected does not happen to you, you will be a much better, more productive employee.

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You may think, "That would mean I have to live in fear of being laid off or fired." Actually, it's just the opposite. Your organization will also not live in fear of you quitting without notice.

How to Prepare for Your "Last Day"

Preparing For the Worst

You can maximize your personal income, as well as your employer's, by managing your work as if today is your last day on the job. This includes thoroughly managing your duties, clients, processes... whatever it is that you work with. You never know when an unexpected tragedy will occur that could end your job instantly or keep you away for weeks or months at a time. The better you manage your position, the easier it will be for someone else to step in. Skills like organization and documentation are key.

If the Worst Never Happens

If you follow this rule and nothing unexpected ever happens, then it will make you a much more productive, valuable, and higher paid staff member. It will be easier for you to take vacations, whether someone fills in for you during that time or not. Plus, your happiness and satisfaction with your career will be significantly higher than if you manage your job via chaos.

Reflect on Your Work

Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. If I can’t come to work for a week, a month, or ever again, am I leaving my organization as good as or better than I found it?
  2. How easy and seamless will it be for a co-worker or a new hire to step in and take over?

The Stress-Free Answers

Were your answers to the questions above "Yes!" and "Very easy and seamless!"? If so, you should feel a level of satisfaction in your work ethic. Your organization will also value your efforts!

Want to learn more?

CSI Accounting & Payroll can guide your finances on a monthly basis to help your business make it through unexpected changes. Not to mention, we also offer various HR packages that include guides to job descriptions and employee handbooks to maximize the efficiency of each member in your organization. View the different HR packages here.

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Brian Paulson

Written by Brian Paulson

Brian received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota with a double major in accounting and financial management. He’s a member of both the National Society for Tax Professionals and the National Society for Accountants and serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Small Business Accountants.