Avoid chronic weaknesses at work

A story is told of a teacher who often turned in students’ results late.   

When he was asked for the reason behind this habit, the man simply said that his charisma could only sustain marking one student’s script per day!

This might sound strange but it is possible for people to only do work piecemeal daily, even though our innate strength can enable us to go the extra mile and accomplish much.

One way to tackle the possibility of not putting in only the minimum effort into our work is by assessing  our weaknesses.

It takes courage to tilt back to the positive side, especially when some people, rather than aiding us to overcome the weaknesses, turn to mockery instead.

However, some strengths can manifest as weakness, and weaknesses as strengths In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang for instance (dark and light) are described as complementary opposites within a greater whole. Positive weaknesses are seen as good but require slight control to attain rationality.

Think of a workaholic who wants things done today no matter what! Such a person will sit and work for long hours without sleep, even spending the night in the office!

This is risky to one’s health and exposes one to unnecessary exhaustion and possible emotional breakdown.

The following are examples of typical extreme weakness at work, which we should avoid:

  • Impatience. Being impatient is no sign of high standards of work.
  • Possession of a short temper is dangerous. Do not argue with your employer or co-workers.
  •  Being over-talkative is a distraction more than an inspiration to others.
  • Being unassertive makes others think you do not have a mind of your own.
  • You cannot always have things your way all the time. Learn to let go at times. Be flexible. Accept new ideas and change.
  • Being overly sensitive.

So many things happen in a day and if you keep taking all of them to heart, it makes you less productive and more difficult to deal with.

The writer is a lecturer at the Foundations Studies Department

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