Posted by: jmwilsonmga | July 10, 2012

How to Build Your Workplace Karma

My mom always told me to do the right thing even when no one is watching. My mom is not a Buddhist and likely unaware that this simple lesson she has instilled in me, is the key to building good karma. Karma, the ripple effect of one’s actions, believed to determine the quality of one’s future or even next life, is a pillar of ancient Eastern philosophy.  I too believe in karma and I think it’s important to build good karma in all areas of your life, including the workplace.

Unfortunately, many employees define themselves strictly by their job descriptions and don’t look beyond to see opportunities to help others and bolster their office karma. Here are six simple ways to boost your own karma in work and in life.

Strive to go above and beyond.  Fulfilling the scope of your job description is respectable, but you should always be asking yourself, “Could I do more?”  You may not get recognized or paid every time you go beyond the call of duty, but if you make a habit of doing the right thing you will eventually get paid for it in terms of actual money (can we say promotion?) or in good karma.

Strive to be the happy, friendly co-worker that everyone is glad to see. Share a smile and try to get to know those around you.  Learn what’s important to them.  Ask about their families. Lend an ear when someone needs a sounding board. Building good relationships builds good karma.

Lend a helping hand. Nothing fills the karma bank quite like helping others.  If you have a co-worker who is struggling with their workload, offer to help.  While it’s nice to enjoy a break, helping a stressed out colleague manage their workload helps to paint a prettier big picture for everyone. Besides, you never know when the roles will reverse and you’re the one crying out for help.

Avoid toxic thoughts like, “They don’t pay me enough to do that.”  Sometimes you have to quietly take one for the team or do something that spills outside the boundaries of your job.  That small, helpful thing could make all the difference for someone else.

Recognize the successes of others, large and small. Acknowledge the extra efforts of your peers, your boss or the receptionist.   Leave the cleaning crew a thank-you note or offer to write the hard-working intern a letter of recommendation. People love positive reinforcement.

Leave things better than you found them.  Every office has one…the person who leaves the coffee area sprinkled with sugar, spilled coffee and used stir straws carelessly dumped in the sink.   Or my favorite, the person who is too busy to replace the toilet paper roll when they use the last of it.  (I also have one of these people at home. Jim, are you listening?). Most importantly, never walk away from a printer that is out of paper, toner or has a jam. Fix it or ask someone for help, so you know how to fix it next time. Remember, just because no one is watching doesn’t mean you can let your common courtesy to others become lax.

Follow these guidelines and your karma bank will be overflowing. While you may not be able to count on karma to pay the bills, trust that a full karma bank will build riches in your heart and bring quality to your life in and out of the office.

About the Author : Julie Stevens, Promotion Coordinator

Julie joined the J.M. Wilson Team in 2003 and serves as the Promotion Coordinator.  She plans our monthly promotional schedules, creates and sends fax and Product Brief email blasts, maintains content on our website, writes and sends press releases, creates and manages printed materials, and promotes J.M. Wilson’s events.  She loves graphic design and that her position allows her to be creative and work on a variety of projects.  Outside of the office, Julie enjoys spending time with her family, photography, scrapbooking, and cooking.

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