The Importance of Self Reliance in the Workplace

Can I please get some assistance?

In life, this question has become the basis of how some organizations get built and how communities get formed; it is usually asked with the utmost sincerity. From someone more knowledgeable in the workplace coming over to seal the deal to someone giving out a personal loan, a helping hand from someone is usually a noble gesture.

The other side of the coin is rarely mentioned. In the vast majority of transactions, when that question is asked, a dependency is formed. Regardless of whether it is slight or major, one of the biggest setbacks is that it often eliminates the maximum growth of the person on the receiving end.

At the office, the workload is unevenly distributed, the overall production is decreased and the strength of the company is impacted. Each person carrying his or her load equally should be a common rule of thumb. These days the concept of twenty percent of the workforce taking care of eighty percent of the workload has taken precedence. Limits are set on the eighty percent when there should be consistent training administered throughout all stages of each employee’s career.    

Once that lowered expectation is set, the gap, in the form of help, is filled from a higher skilled employee. Help, when given on a regular basis, turns into a crutch that yields disadvantages to everyone involved:

·The person being helped stays in a comfort zone that slows their growth.

·The person helping is deterred from mastering another objective in their job description which would yield more efficiency.

·Other employees that witness it are less motivated to face their challenges by following the standard that is set.

One of the major reasons for the lack of self-reliance is instant gratification. The days of putting in continuous effort that comes with growing pains and some defeat have been covered with the band-aid of help. The character traits that are gained in the process of developing through turmoil is what this country was built on; it does take more time, but it has been proven to be worth it.

Following a role model to learn how to eventually become self-sufficient in a given task is a part of growth. The habit of limiting your potential by constantly settling for help is unacceptable. Any team that is filled with members that understand the importance of teamwork mixed with the responsibility of being self-reliant will outperform the team that is steadily distributing its weight unevenly.

To find out how self-reliant you are, here a few questions that you can ask yourself. Be completely honest:

·Do I stay focused on completing all of my tasks without the asking for the assistance of others?

·Am I usually bailed out of binds that were self-imposed by family, friends, or associates?

·Will my success be determined by what someone else does or gives to me or will I earn it myself?

·Do I feel that I have the capability of accomplishing anything that I put my mind to? If so, what is my number one goal in life?

If you notice that all of your answers revolve around what others have to do for you, you are currently not self-reliant. To become self-reliant the expectation has to be set from within. Remember, getting direction from someone that is successful in a certain task to help guide you is very healthy. The self-reliance rating scale score increases when your main goal is to follow that lead by practicing what was taught so that eventually you can perform the task completely on your own.

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