Recently the office managers where I work have started Monday morning critique meetings and the one thing they keep stressing is “Don’t take it personal”. They have been going around the room asking various job related questions of each person and then go on to talk about what you could be doing better. Fair enough.. everyone has room for improvement … always. What I don’t get is this phrase they keep stressing ” it’s not personal / don’t take it personal”.
If I am not taking my job personal then I am just a faceless, nameless body sitting behind a desk churning out tasks. As long as the task gets done, (since I’m not taking it personal) then all should be just fine. Whether or not the task was completed in a well done manner or with any efficiency is mute … the task is complete. End of story.
Now, if I were to take my job personally then I am going to ensure that in all stages of my work …it is done efficiently and with the best care possible because how I do my job reflects directly back on me.
Does this make sense to anyone else? …. Or am I the only one who sees it this way?
It is not in my nature to just do a job for the sake of completing a task. What IS is my nature is taking on any and all tasks that come my way and doing them to the best of my ability. I believe that what we get out of something depends greatly on what we put into it.
It’s not personal?
For me it is very personal! For me, everything I do in life is a reflection of who I am. How I do a job is just one of the many things that is a part of my daily routine. Oh, and might I add … when it comes to our jobs or at least mine… a HUGE part of our lives is spent doing this task… how are we not to take it personally?
Well that’s my two cents and my rant of the day… back to your regularly scheduled reading.