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Business Readings and Questions
|American Business Culture: Profit|
In the long run, your usefulness to a company is shown by your contribution. Are you part of a team that makes money? Are you part of a team that leads to growth for the company? Are your efforts directly impacting the team? Do your coworkers believe in your contribution? Is your manager clear about your contribution?
Some workplace teams become misaligned through various problems. Maybe a few people are having issues with ambition or jealousy. Maybe some people are workaholics without actually being productive. If you are on a team that seems to be dragging you down, you will want to make sure that your manager appreciates your work. Try these two tips:
Find ways to measure your contribution–i.e. the number of projects you finish or the number of clients you assist.
Always keep track of the profit/growth that your direct efforts have created.
Know what your manager wants. It is acceptable to ask, in a straightforward way, “What exactly do you want me to be doing?” or “How exactly would you like me to use my time?”
If the team AND the manager are causing you to be part of a group that is not productive, you may need to move on.
Your true productivity is also your true job security.
1. Are you in a workplace situation in which it is difficult to measure your contribution? Why or why not?
2. How many people have you (has your team) served? What are the numerical outcomes of your work? What are the short-term gains? What are the long-term gains?
3. Overall, in what specific ways does your work empower your workplace?
4. Do you have ideas on how your workplace could increase its profit margin? If so, describe your ideas.
|750 Business Words||Business Culture|
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