The right attitude or mentality of an employee (part B)

[continuing from part A]

Happiness-oriented attitude

Although well-known and already implied earlier in this article, it is worthy to repeat that “money doesn’t bring happiness”. What is less known is what does bring happiness. Among other factors, that is the quality of spent time. Given that the average employee passes at least one third of his/her time at workplace, it is important to have a good time there, which generally means to have satisfying performance, as well as good relationships with the involved people.

Healthy body

Another overlooked factor is that of health. A highly-paid but problematic job (e.g. a very stressing one) can drain more money in healthcare than the money it compensates for, and that’s only the surface of the damage such a job can cause to the happiness of the person. Since in this analysis we have been talking about values, it must be obvious that we should make sure to protect them.

“Healthy” environment

In contrast to an unhealthy job, a good job is where the thoughts and the creativity of the employees are encouraged and taken seriously, a job where the employer (who deserves a separate article), when hiring younger employees, considers that for each one of them there will be a day when “the caterpillar will become a butterfly”. Such an employer is worthy to work for, and the butterflies will think twice before deciding to fly away.

“Healthy” mentality

Finally, the most overlooked factor of happiness is the fact that there is more joy in giving than in taking. This rare attitude is behind the happiest persons, and a team can always benefit from having such a person as member. However, a happy person is not necessarily a successful professional.

Vision-oriented attitude

A wise saying from ancient times goes like this: “Whoever sows sparingly, will also reap sparingly. While whoever sows generously, will also reap generously.” In order to sow generously, one needs to have the vision of the rich harvest. For example, behind every ongoing project there should be the vision of the completed project.

Self-employment attitude

An employee motivated by a vision becomes the employer of himself/herself. And this is the point that an employee may even start considering establishing his/her own company, to better materialize the vision, especially if that vision doesn’t coincide with the vision of the current employer. Thus the self-employment attitude is the higher lever of an employee’s attitude. However, that level can be sustained only on top of the previous levels.

Multi-level attitude

A person is a composite multidimensional entity. Therefore, the attitude of that person should not be much simpler. This article showed that the right attitude of an employee should consider that fact and be a multi-level composition of more basic attitudes. Each higher level comes to fill the gaps of the previous levels, and each lower level is a prerequisite for the next levels. The employer should certainly pay/reward the employee. But that reward should be the least of the employee’s motives. The same is the case for the creation of this article.

Finishing this article, below is given a simple table of all the mentioned levels:

Levels of attitude

(from lower to higher)

money

values

person

person’s advancement

person’s happiness

person’s vision

self-employment

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