My Three Pet-Peeves and What can be Done to Avoid Them

What are some things that make you all upset? People lying to you? Maybe someone canceling plans with you after you had it set up weeks in advance because of some excuse like, “Oh, work called me in.” Or maybe the worst excuse ever, “I forgot.” Those are just a few aren’t they? Well those are totally adequate pet peeves. Well here are my three pet peeves that I have. Are you ready?

  • Untimeliness
  • Unreliability
  • No Integrity

Timeliness is something that I love to see where I work, especially from the people below me. When you are on time, at your post, and ready to roll for the day, I’m ecstatic! If you are untimely, you make me have to call you to figure out where you’re at and then you say that you thought it was a different day or that you forgot to work, we are going to have huge problems. You are required to be at your post at a specific time, and I expect you to be there. No inadequate excuses like, “Oh, I woke up late” or “Oh, I forgot what time I was suppose to be there.” You have tools to know what time you need to be there, so be there.

Unreliable, if you are a flex officer lets say, and I need you to cover a call off, but because it’s your day off you say no, (which is the wrong answer as a flex, as you are not on a set schedule and need to be free as much as possible. It is stated when you are hired on as one.) Then how are you of any use to the team and the company? I mean, if their are adequate reasons on why you can’t come in, then sure, I’m okay with it, but if you don’t have any actual adequate reasoning to why you aren’t able to cover, just that you are busy or you don’t want to work. We will have HUGE issues. I need reliable people, people who are willing to help the team when needed. We won’t have issues if you are willing to help whenever you can.

No integrity, meaning you just lie through you teeth non-stop. This behavior is just completely unacceptable. If you are going to lie about why you couldn’t be to work, or you are going to lie about arriving to work on time, among so many other ways you could lie to try to get out of something, we WILL have issues. I’m a military man, Integrity is a VERY important factor to me. I need you to tell me the truth, if you aren’t telling the truth you start to become untrustworthy, and before you know it, you will never get the help or respect you need because of all the times you “Cried Wolf”.

I feel that a good workplace would be that of people who are reliable, have integrity, and are timely. This leaves less issues between your co-workers and upper management. It creates a great environment to be a team and to do your job for the client and your company. In security, perception is everything. If you can show that you are doing a great job and keep doing a great job and work with your whole team, you become a must for the client and they want to keep you because you are everything they need.

All I’m Asking For

Basically, all I ask for from anyone that works with me or under me is to have these three main traits;

  1. Reliability
  2. Integrity
  3. Timeliness

If you can give me these three things, we will have a great working relationship and a great workplace to be in, and we will be a cohesive team as well. Is this to much to ask from people? What do you all think? Tell me in the comments below!

Author: Thomas Schmidt

Thomas Schmidt is a husband and Soldier living on the East Coast. He is a Motor Transport Operator for the United States Military. Currently, he is enrolled in school for Cybersecurity and enjoys writing and drawing digital artwork on his iPad in his free time. He also enjoys gaming and hosts an occasional stream on Twitch. Thomas is also the co-host of a new podcast called Monday Morning Coffee. You can find it on all major podcast applications!

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