Ways to Make More Money at Work

by David Bakke

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Now, you ask, how can I make more money in my life without using any of my spare time? And how can I do it at work? It is simple.

I have worked in management for the better part of my professional life, and I have enjoyed it quite a bit. The part I enjoy about it the most is not the fact that I get to order people around or tell them what to do. Honestly, it’s to the contrary. Actually, that’s the part of the job that I hate the most. What I enjoy the most is being able to teach people things. I think I possess the god-given talent of being able to show people how to do things, and how to do them well. That’s what I like the most about management. However, there was one thing that always puzzled me which was when my employees told me they weren’t making enough money, or they needed to make more or they haven’t had a raise in so much time, etc.

This is the question or the problem that is most common with almost all workers today-they don’t make enough money. What puzzled me about it was this: the employees that typically complained about this the most usually had one or more of the following characteristics:

1) Had a problem with being on time for work.
2) Were usually not my highest performers.
3) Usually had a tendency of complaining about most other things in addition to money.

And the list goes on….

Are you starting to get my point?

Because, whenever any employee of mine would ask me about when would he/she get another raise or how come he doesn’t make more money, or he needs to make more money, etc, the first thing I would do is to check his time cards for the last few months. And typically, there would be quite a few instances where he/she did not show up on time.

Let’s get out the calculator again and utilize my “times twelve” rule. Let’s say you work forty hours per week making $10 an hour, and you have a problem showing up to work on time. For this example, let’s say you average being fifteen minutes late to work, three times a week. That’s forty-five minutes in lost wages per week-$7.50 per week. That translates into $30 per month, and $360 per year. So, there you go. Start showing up to work on time and you can put more than $350 in your wallet over the course of a year.

Now, the next typical characteristic of people who seem to always be asking me for more money is that usually, they were not my highest performers. That should be easy to understand, at least from a management perspective. That would be because my worst performers would eventually quit or get fired, and my best performers never really had to worry about money, because they were my best performers and I always did my best to take care of them financially and keep them happy. It was the “middle of the road-ers” that always seemed to be asking for more money.

So, the best way to make more money at your job is to be the best performer that you know how to be. There are a lot of ways to improve your performance at work, even if for some reason you are simply not able to be the very best at your actual position. One way is what we just talked about. ALWAYS be on time! Trust me, managers appreciate that and it does help you.

Second, you can always do your best. Managers recognize this also. They probably realize that you might not be the very best cook in the building, but if they see that you are trying and putting forth your best effort every single day, they will recognize that also. Third, volunteer to learn new things or volunteer for extra projects. Sometimes, it may seem like there is nothing to do at your job. And this would probably apply to any job at any business. Well, if that’s the case, ask your manager for more responsibility, ask them for extra projects, and ask to learn how to do something new. A good manager will always find something for you to do, and a good manager also greatly appreciates the type of employee who volunteers for extra things to do rather than them having to tell you to do these extra things. Also, let your manager know that you are willing to work overtime whenever necessary. In most situations, there may not be a lot of it available, but if there is, and you can be available for it (meaning, you can work your schedule around it), tell them you’ll do it. It is a fantastic way to increase your income!

And finally, one way to possibly generate more income without doing much different at your job is to, if applicable, stop complaining. What I mean is, if you are a complainer, stop it. I can tell you one thing that most good managers place quite a high importance on, and that is people who do not complain. You don’t even have to be close to the best worker in the house, but if you do a good job, do it consistently, and are not complaining all the time, these things go a long way. What I am trying to tell you is that by discontinuing the complaining, you might be able to set yourself up for a raise or a bigger raise if you are already eligible for one.

Obviously, if something needs to be brought to your boss’ attention, or something is really on your mind, by all means bring it to their attention. That’s what they are there for. But there is a big difference between this and complaining. People that complain all the time rarely want to be a part of a solution to anything, because then it would eliminate the amount of things that they can complain about. It is not so much that they are desperately unhappy with their job; they just have an inherent need to complain, and to complain all the time. Managers hate this. And there are a lot more of this type of employee out there than you might realize.

So there you go…quite a few simple and easy ways that you can put more money in your wallet/purse, without spending any spare time and without looking for another job.


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1 [email protected] Check October 2, 2009 at 3:19 am

I absolutely agree with the author. For one to increase his income and earn more money, you really have to work hard and give your best whatever job is assigned to you. Punctuality counts too.

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