Behavior and Opportunity

I ran into a friend the other day. This person owns a local restaurant that has grown in popularity and in sales over the last 10+ years. They run their business very well. They stay close to the action by working alongside their employees, and even working some of the worst hours. They pay competitively and are willing to promote employees that want to grow with the company.

During our conversation, it became clear that this person was discouraged with the current employee culture. It is natural for this type of business to see a higher level of employee turnover since they primarily hire high school and college age students. This gives them a unique perspective on today’s young employees.

What I learned from this discussion was that both male and female employees struggle with behaviors that make it hard to be a good employee. Young males seem to be worse, however. The issues are mainly responsibility, dependability and outside behaviors that affect overall job performance. Unfortunately chemical use was a recent issue that caused the termination of two, otherwise good, employees.

So while this discussion seemed to be discouraging at first, it also made me realize that there was a huge connection between behavior and opportunity. Here is what I mean.

Good Behavior Brings Opportunity

What was once an expectation of every employee if they wanted to do well in their job is now something that has to be explained and reminded. Those that understand it will take advantage of the opportunity.

Learn to demonstrate resourcefulness. Be the one that shows up early with a great attitude. Be the employee that is willing to stay late, or come in early. Be they guy or girl that will take on extra shifts if needed. Learn to be indispensable. (that means they can’t live without you) Make the quality of your work the best in the building. Treat customers better than anyone else. See things that need to be done and do them. Don’t wait to be asked. Get along with others. Be likeable!

Bad Behavior also Brings Opportunity

In case you didn’t know it, the cream rises to the top. If other employees can’t get their act together, you will begin to stand out as the employee to keep. However, it won’t just be that they want to keep you, they will want to promote you. (as long as you work for good hearted people)

It seems easier these days for quality people to distinguish themselves from everyone else. Those that understand this will take advantage. Take care not to criticize your peers. Be willing to encourage and coach them if they need it. Ultimately the quality of your work will become clear and you will find yourself with good decisions to make.

What are You Prepared to Do?

Knowing the information above will only help you as long as you take action. What you DO with this information is much more important than knowing it. Do you have a plan? There are likely businesses nearby that are willing to pay well to keep a topnotch employee.

Are you working for a company that you want to grow with? I encourage you to apply for jobs that will provide the biggest benefit to your life situation right now. If you use the above information, you could realistically earn a supervisory role and move from $10 per hour to $15 per hour. Be strategic about the moves you make.

The connection between Behavior and Opportunity exists in all industries, not just the restaurant segment. Remember to look everywhere for a good job, not just where jobs are posted. What I mean is, you could walk down main street and apply at every restaurant or hardware store you see. You will likely discover good opportunities in a large percentage of them, even though they have not posted a job.

So what is your behavior doing for you? Is your behavior bringing you opportunities or is it killing your opportunities? The choice is yours. Let’s talk about it. Leave a note in the comments section below. Let’s connect on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks for reading!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!