Employment Means Losing Some Rights

It’s one thing to be on your own and another to be employed, you’ll have to give up some rights; you can’t keep doing whatever pops into your mind. I mean you can, because it’s a free country, but not really, you now also represent the company.

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In theory, each of us is free to do what he/she pleases and suffer the consequences. The good (yes, the good consequences) and the bad ones. By being employed by a company, you become the ambassador of that company. Going to the bank, no matter who you talk to over there, the person there represents the bank, and you should not care who you’re talking to.

Imagine that the bank employee is some thug in an under vest, who listens to music in the phone’s speakers and welcomes you with:

– Hey Bo$$, spill out the cash, your home boy needs a commission!

As I already mentioned, you can do this on your own if it’s part of your personal brand, but not as a company representative.

It’s an exchange you agree to when you get hired: they pay you for your services, and you perform accordingly, including representing the company to your best knowledge. When you participate to a business event, you introduce yourself as Georgie from the Company X … not “the lonesome” Georgie.

That’s why certain companies have an internal/external code of conduct, email communication rules, dress codes, etc.

You don’t swear, you don’t come to work wearing only underwear (unless it’s in the job description), you don’t express hatred towards other nations, and you don’t steal.

What can you do to represent honorably the company you work for:

  • Present yourself legibly, don’t mumble;
  • Don’t spread business cards at events as if they are ninja stars, you give one if someone ask for it;
  • Your conduct should be aligned with that of the company you work for;
  • Don’t pull any bull*hit when driving the company car, especially if it’s branded. Even if you are right, making it to news as the man who scared an old lady on the cross walk – it’s not good news;
  • Don’t express some really strong opinions on social media. Leaving aside the fact that it doesn’t help, no matter the context, at a potential interview, you have greater chance to be “scanned” and rejected. Yes, most recruiters “eaves-drop” to your social profile just to see how you “unwind”;
  • Keep your calm. Even when you’re dealing with a temperamental yelling customer. Eye for an eye will make the world blind said Gandhi, but in this context it’s the company at stake, not two teenagers in the schoolyard;
  • When you sell something, you have to make a difference one way or another. Make sure it’s not in the wrong direction;
  • Promote the brand values;
  • Develop very good relations with (potential) customers;
  • Even when you are outside office hours, you are still the company employee, so if your behavior is inadequate or immoral, following the bread crumbs back to your employer is easy. From this point on it leads to ” an employee of X company beep”. And from here to “X company tolerates such behavior” it’s not really far fetched. We were all born generals, meaning generalizing easily.

When you do your job very well, the customers will return due to your behavior and sooner or later this comes with some advantages for you. In the service business, customers perceive the company according to the way they are treated by its employees, their promises and the way they are treated during a service fail.

If you don’t like the company you work for or if it’s values don’t represent you anymore, it’s better for both parties involved to go someplace else, where the core values meet yours.

Fake it till you make it won’t help on the long run.

From the company’s perspective, employees are the most powerful marketing tool: they may either lift you or bring you down. Take good care of them!

Good luck succeeding!