CLEAR showcases great Filipino talent to Australian clients.
We do this by identifying, employing and developing the careers of what we call 6-Tool Players. They are outstanding professionals who would work effectively in any company anywhere in the world.
For 6-Tool Players, skills and experience are only the first criteria. Our staff must also be: (1) adult; (2) professional; (3) smart; (4) empathetic; (5) competitive; and (6) have an insatiable thirst for learning.
Today’s blog is all about being Adult:
- What it means
- What it reflects
- Why you need to be working with a company that treats you as an Adult.
What does it mean to be an Adult?
For CLEAR, being Adult doesn’t mean someone who is over 18 years old or registered to vote.
An Adult is someone who doesn’t need a rule book to know the correct thing to do.
If you think of your children or family, you’re probably familiar with this idea:
- A child requires supervision and you need to explain to them ‘what’ to do.
- An adolescent requires management and you need to explain to them ‘how’ to do things.
- An Adult knows exactly what to do and how to do it. What they require – in fact, demand – is leadership. They want to know ‘why’ something is important to do.
What does it reflect about you?
An Adult has the maturity to assess whether they can make the correct decision without other input. This might be a simple thing such as knowing that being on time is important. Or answering a client query. It can be something more complicated like stepping up to lead the implementation of a new project.
When you’re an adult, you don’t wait to be told to do things at work. Even when you have completed your tasks, you will proactively approach your manager and inform them about tasks you can do to add value to your manager, team and clients. For example, you build a roadmap for career advancement and would like to discuss the steps and actions to take in achieving that goal.
Bottom line is you take responsibility for performing your role and the growth of your career.
You need to work with a company that treats you as an Adult
You’re an Adult. You don’t want to be treated like a child or an adolescent.
Companies that manage you strictly against a long list of rules, infractions and punishments are not treating you like an Adult. Same with companies that rely on micromanagement.
If you are spoon fed every potential and acceptable response to a client, you’re being treated as an adolescent and not developing your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
If every interaction is negative, you’re not being treated as an Adult.
Being treated as an Adult is not an employer letting you do what you want whenever you want.
It is about an employer explaining why certain rules or expectations or processes are in place and why following those things is important – to your client, to your employer, to you.
With Adults, you set an expectation in the full belief that the expectation will be met. If it isn’t, you discuss it as fellow adults and, ideally, address whatever led to the shortfall in expectation such that it doesn’t happen again.
Not being treated as an Adult means someone breathing down your neck, checking on tasks and not giving you the space to accomplish them. Thinking for yourself is not just unwelcome, it is discouraged.
Being an Adult means having the autonomy to discover what you’re capable of and what else you can do for the company and yourself. To take satisfaction in your current role and look for growth opportunities in the company.