Commitment: More than Words

By: Julie East, Corp. Marketing & Recruiting

Sep 29, 2020

What is commitment? Commitment is a fundamental promise to complete…something.  In the workplace, when a person makes a commitment to complete a cause, task, activity or assignment, there is an obligation on the part of the person making the commitment to actually complete that cause, task, activity or assignment.  When that commitment is broken, it affects more than a person’s reputation or work ethic; it can have a direct impact on the company itself.  

Trust is an essential factor, both at work as well as in personal life. You can’t see trust on a nametag or resume, nor is it on a sign over a person’s head declaring, “I am trustworthy.” Rather, it is earned by a person’s actions and deeds. When someone makes a commitment and follows through, trust and respect are earned as a result. When companies promote a trust culture, they have earned themselves employees who will truly impact organizations in all the right ways, thus increasing work commitment.  

There are several reasons why work commitment is crucial. Most importantly, it allows an organization to meet its goals and stick to its vision. Everyone knows that employees are the backbone of success for an organization. Most employees want to be a part of the company’s success story, so it’s important to clearly communicate the goals, vision, and mission of the company to employees. This way employees know what the organization expects of them. Without a motivated workforce, an organization could lose more than sales or profits; they could lose respect or their market position.  

When there is a breakdown of a commitment, all parties suffer.  The employees’ trust is shot and the company has to deal with replacing/assigning the task to another employee.  The result is the total breakdown of the work cycle, not to mention the mental toll it can have on an employee. Failure to follow through on a commitment can cause feelings of failure, inadequacies, and regret.  It could also affect future inclusion on tasks, promotions, raises and bonuses, possibly even ending in termination.  

Most great things in this world are achieved by perseverance, hard work, trust, and dedication.  Following through on commitments is a great building block to achieving that success. The same goes for organizations:  if an organization expects their employees to perform exceptionally well, then they must provide a work environment that engenders that level of commitment to work.  It’s this level of trust, commitment and pride that can lead employees to a higher level of success, including:  

  • Pride in task (job) completion
  • Satisfaction with employer
  • Opportunity to learn new skills
  • Recognition for contributions to the company
  • Personal support from supervisors and co-workers
  • Pride in effort above and beyond the minimum
  • Understanding the link between one’s job and the organization’s mission
  • Prospects for future growth with the employer
  • Opportunity for promotions and monetary compensation

Think about those commitments you have made in your life.  Would you benefit or suffer from not following through?  When it comes to building a successful career, personal commitment makes all the difference in the world.  

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