Childhood Lessons for Employees in Training

“Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple.” -Dr. Seuss

The following words of advice may sound simple, but they have a profound impact on the success of an individual or company. Going back to the lessons from our childhood can help us during this new chapter in the workplace.

Your Actions Affect Others

Each employee’s role at Bravo is affected by the other. President and CEO, Chris Bravacos, told the interns on our first day that employees at Bravo have a low personal ego and a high firm ego. A great reputation takes years to build but just minutes to crumble. That is why it’s so important to have a strong team atmosphere, common goals, and the ability to keep each other accountable for his or her actions in the workplace. One person’s actions in a company affect everyone else.

Treat Others the Way You Want to be Treated

This can apply to coworkers or clients. I work as hard as I can, as quickly as I can, because that’s what I would hope a PR firm would do for my company if the tables were turned. It would be irresponsible of me to waste client time or resources when I don’t expect the same in return.

Don’t Rush: Do It Right the First Time

Julia Maltz, a Wayne intern, suggests that we should know all the facts beforehand instead of jumping to conclusions. It’s best to be fully informed of a project and its needs instead of rushing to complete a task but doing so incorrectly.

“In PR, we are constantly involved in dozens of tasks. Simultaneous deadlines can be difficult to manage, but I find that communicating with my mentor and with clients has helped me to allocate my time wisely to get the job done in a rapid time frame that still delivers high quality work. It’s better to communicate that you’re busy and generate a doable solution than to rush through something,” said Julia.

Honesty is the Best Policy

I discussed in a previous blog post that mistakes are bound to happen, but you should never lie about it. Lying is an intentional breach of trust which may result in it never being regained. Remaining honest and open about mistakes, policies, and everything else will solidify the reputation that takes so long to build. At Bravo, one of the core values is integrity trumps all else. Owning up to mistakes sooner rather than later gives the team more time to figure out a solution.  

These simple, childhood sayings that taught us lessons on remaining accountable, treating others with respect, slowing down, and being honest, can be the answers to some of our toughest challenges in the workplace
What simple words of wisdom would you add to the list?

Ally Coonradt – Harrisburg Intern

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