Ten Career Commandments – is this blasphemy? I don’t think so.
First of all, I want to be clear: this blog post idea actually wasn’t mine. I got it from a handout I downloaded – I think the company is called Co- Schedule. They are super handy with tips and stuff about your online business. But the idea of this type of post intrigued me, mostly because I do not identify as Christian.
That’s not the important part. It’s the idea of having very specific rules of behavior that cross all the other lines of identification – that you can practice and follow whether you are an NFL player, a janitor, or a college professor.
Therefore, what are ten practices – Ten Commandments – that would just be horrible to utilize in the office? In my opinion, the Ten Career Commandments cover these areas below. And I’d seriously love to know what you guys think.
Here we go…
1. “Thou shalt have just one job that fulfills you.”
This could/should be the most important Career Commandment. Although, I realize that a lot of people feel the need to work more than one job – I’m not one of those people. So, I to my day job and work my 8 hours a day, and my side hustles get my down time because I want them to. There is no way I could leave my current gig and head straight to another. So that’s that. Most importantly, I believe that you truly have one calling; and while you may have to flirt with a lot of frogs before you find that Prince, you should keep pursuing your passion until you’ve got it nailed down.
Therefore, Career Commandment #2:
2. “Thou shalt approach your vocation with passion and purpose, knowing that you have discovered the career that truly fulfills you.”
You don’t need no stinking idols. If you go to work every day and you completely hate it, then you are violating this second commandment. Your best friend’s job, that looks so amazing when she talks about it, that’s an idol. If you want that, check it out. Learn as much as you can about it. Just don’t stay in a gig that doesn’t fuel your passion.
Let’s keep going, shall we?
3. “You shall not take the name of your supervisors or colleagues in vain.”
Dang, this Career Commandment was a dilly! After research, I determined that this commandment is all about being careful to think, speak, and perform our vocations with respect, honesty, and to the best of our ability. Follow the rules.
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4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. “
Okay, this Career Commandment is staying exactly the same as the original! I try to consider the weekends as my own where I can do stuff outside of my day job – social things, domestic things, side hustle things (which seems to fly in the face of the commandments, but the side hustle is fun for me), and so forth. You can read more about my attitude towards work/life balance here and here.
5. “Honor your Vital Work Friends, that while your days may be long at work, you have people to support and who support you.”
I talk about this all the time. Having a Vital Work Friend (read the book by Tom Rath) is essential to being truly engaged in your career. Someone whose presence is important for you and you for them…having a best friend at work makes the vocation all the more sweet.
6. “You shall not murder.”
Well, duh. No killing colleagues or supervisors. But more realistically, don’t go out of your way to kill things like:
Let good things stay good!
7. “Do not commit adultery on your Work Spouse.”
Loaded commandment? Yikes. Clearly, this one was tricky.
Do you know what a work spouse is? I have had quite a few in my days. Also, you could call this person your Vital Work Friend. Basically, this commandment applies to continuing the practice of being fair, respectful, and supportive of your Vital Work Friends.
8. “You shall not steal.”
Obviously, don’t take shit from your office. If you need office supplies for home, just order them yourself.
9. “Do not bear false witness against your colleagues.”
Hey, just don’t say mean shit about the people you work with. If you don’t like someone, that’s fine. But keep it to yourself. Don’t disrupt the workplace with your own personal crap.
10. “You shall not covet the cool assignments or achievements of your colleagues.”
“You shall not covet” means that we should banish our desires for whatever does not belong to us. Think envy. You know all the dialogue in “American Psycho” where Patrick Bateman is fussing about how Paul Allen landed the Fisher Account…or whose apartment is more expensive…or whose business card is better. Granted, this is a movie about the 80’s…but my point is, there’s no need being envious of your colleagues and peers. They will do their work and you should do yours.
You know, I wasn’t trying to be sassy or inappropriate with this blog post. I was excited to think about ten areas of work that felt sacred and important to me. And I created them and feel pretty good.
It’s the little things sometimes that make the biggest differences – so try incorporating these Career Commandments at your place of business and watch your productivity, satisfaction level, and happiness improve dramatically!
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