All the girigiri, up and down, hustle and bustle, stress, buzz, forming, good behavior, eye service, unnecessary shoutings and yellings, traffic jams, rough rides, honking of the horn, rushing to work, rushing to school, knotting your tie in front of your Manager’s door, sweating to a business meeting – all on Monday mornings.
Really, what is it with Mondays? Why all the rush and busyness? What spirit is behind Mondays? Is it truly the way people are portraying it to be? The seemingly busiest day of the week, if you ask me. Funny enough, it’s same for students, parents and school bus drivers, who go on school runs, professionals like doctors, site engineers, barristers and judges, private and government office workers, men and women in uniform, sometimes, business travelers. Everyone has that constant consciousness. Does it mean it’s only on Mondays that people report to work in the whole of the week?
Well, the perplexity of this matter made me go out of my way to interview a few people. One of the responses I got was that most CEOs fix meetings on Mondays and that most offices hold management meetings on Mondays, as well. True, at your end? Well, let me not jump into conclusion about other cities, but those are the usual characteristic sights of Mondays in the Federal Capital Territory. Perhaps, because there are lots of Ministries and Federal Government Parastatals and Agencies. But then, that’s not the right attitude to work, portraying yourself to be a good staff only when your boss is around and flaunting all the rules whenever he/she is not on seat or in town. And on Monday evenings, when you’re asked, you say ‘My day was super hectic’, and I ask, ‘Why wouldn’t it be?’, when you barely struggled to complete your tasks behind schedule. Flashback to when you still had your files in your hands, roaming the streets, walking in deep thoughts, cash-strapped, talked down on and weary. You wished hard for ‘any’ job and now that you have one, you don’t treat it as precious.
If your work and efforts are not being recognized just YET, keep doing your bit, putting in your best, learning more, developing yourself because surely, there’s a Pay Day. What if the organization you presently work in, were to be yours? Will you be quite satisfied if your employees have exactly the same attitude you have right now to work? I know what might be on your mind now: You probably came in with your SSCE certificate and you’re wondering how on earth you’re expected to carry out the roles of a degree holder. Who says you cannot when there’s a gap or an urgent need. But first, you must be ABLE to, you must be willing and able to be tutored, so, observe and learn. Oh, maybe all you need is an increase in your salary and promotion in steps, but no commensurate work and efforts. My dear friend, it does not work that way. You must bring something to the table. Roll up your sleeves and get to work. Be creative, research on ways to make your organization on top of its game. Going through the necessary formative processes is an inevitable step which helps you stay at the top once you get there and makes the cap fits you perfectly.
What do you do with your spare time in front of your desktop? ‘Facebooking’? Sleeping? Gisting? Or taking free online courses to get better and more relevant in your job or career and stop blaming your incapability on the government or your bright and dedicated colleagues who have resorted to improving themselves? Remember it’s said that an idle mind is the devil’s workshop.
This calls for reflective moments and self-scrutiny. Yes, and I hope you do so unbiasedly. It’s as simple as that, you reap what you sow. Take this word, practice it, be conscious of it and soon by God’s grace, you will shine!