I’ve been on both the receiving and the giving end of bonuses in my work life.
And like Jeff, from the past two days stories, I’ve known the shock of not getting one at an interval you were used to.
But bonuses are an odd thing. If you’re not careful, after awhile, you start taking them for granted.
In the beginning, there’s an air of excitement, your adrenalin flows like lava through your veins, you explode with joy and happiness at the windfall of extra money. But like a drug, the next time you receive an injection of extra funds, there’s still a high, but it doesn’t reach quite the same level as last time.
This is a danger zone. Employees can easily fall into the trap of entitlement and justification.
Instead of choosing appreciation for something extra, the loss of what they expected can throw workers into bitterness, bad attitudes, and enable them to justify behaviors they would normally avoid.
However, during tough times for a business, the employee who demonstrates understanding and humility in the face of financial challenges, will prove invaluable to any employer.
So rare in today’s culture, is the man or woman who asks, “What can I do to help?” versus, “Give me what’s coming to me.” In all my years in various work forces, I’ve never seen an employee willing to problem-solve fail to thrive during difficult circumstances. The wise employer ultimately rewards a good attitude with honor and financial benefit.
Genuine humility always supersedes justification. And employers can’t help but notice. If your motives are pure, it might lead to a great outcome in the long run.
Have you ever wallowed justification and exhibited humility in the face of shocking news?
Proverbs 22:4 (NIV)
Humility is the fear of the LORD; its wages are riches and honor and life.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her family.