Living in a Conforming World

This is a lesson for those who just enter the job market and generally want to be the star employee so that they can climb the corporate ladder.

Almost all organizations, whether for profits, not for profits and non-profits adopt a hierarchical organizational structure.

What this means is that anytime there are layers of people above you that hold increasing powerful positions as we look upwards.

Unlike school, the workplace is not a place for finding friends, although you should always appear to be professionally friendly.

This means you are expected to conform to some extent and some people may have unhealthy egos.

There are some basic rules that you have to keep in mind:

  • Always know in a workplace where people come and go, you would have a chance to encounter the good, bad and ugly.
  • Watch what you say.
  • Never go against the boss that you are reporting to.
  • If appropriate, ask “What are your instructions on this matter?”
  • Ask yourself “Will my efforts be appreciated if I take up things myself and do more?”
  • At the end of the day it is just a job even if we hope that it is an opportunity to serve our community or country. We may want to serve the larger purpose but others that we work with may not care and may not agree.
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