Dublin Chapter 7: Being a “Successful” Employee


Irelands host culture defines success in a professional sense in multiple ways. My first couple weeks was an adjustment period for myself. I did not know to what extent was satisfactory for completing tasks. Whether to go above and beyond or just do what I was told to play it safe. It was hard to tell which of these options to go through with so I decided to do more than necessary and always offered to make tweaks and edits afterwards in case they wanted it simpler. This tactic ended up working in my favour and helped me shape an idea of success in a professional sense with my co-workers. A successful employee understands success revolves around the task itself. It has a core idea and then allows the person working on the task to apply their own creative spins to complete the tasks. However, as long as the person can create or complete the task in which everyone can understand the information, then it can be defined as a success. Additionally, being an effective employee requires key skills. The first is time management. This key skill is important because, personally for me, being able to effectively manage my time allowed me to help co-workers and complete their given tasks more effectively. Being more effective allowed me to take on more projects and help more co-workers at once. Another key skill to be an effective employee for my internship and in my industry is communication. Communication is key to being an effective employee because communication allows everyone to be on the same page when going through daily work life. The marketing industry, and my team specifically, both require high levels of communication. The daily work life of most of my employees revolves around client meetings, emailing clients regarding sponsorship opportunities or current sponsorships, and closing deals that overlap with team member clients. Due to the nature of the team structure, client overlap is very common and can cause confidentiality violations. This is something that the team has to be aware of constantly, especially during team meetings where we give updates to the sponsorship team supervisor on any work were currently working on. Additionally, on the other hand, some team members will work together on a client meeting/email chain to help broaden the area of expertise when speaking with a client or media company. By broadening the area of expertise, they are able to be more concise and knowledgeable about any potential questions a client may have that perhaps a team member could not answer on their own. Working together requires a high level of communication not only with the client but also with each other to ensure both or all members are on the same page and up to date with any information surrounding the project. During my time in Ireland and at Core, I have also noticed that the behaviour and actions of a successful employee differ between here and in the United States. Compared to the United States, Ireland and Core specifically is more laid back in terms of the work culture. To be more specific, there is an implementation at Core that employees, when going into the office, can arrive at eight thirty, nine or nine thirty and work until five, five thirty or six, respectively. Regardless of which time you choose to arrive, you can still be considered an effective employee. I have never heard of this idea before coming here and if it isn’t implemented in the United States already, I feel it should be. It makes it a lot easier for co-workers to work. Additionally, workers are allowed to listen to music or watch videos when working, as long as it doesn’t interfere with their work. This again doesn’t take away from the idea of being an effective worker, and in some cases it makes the workers even more effective in doing their job. I know personally it helps to listen to music when working to help work better. But again, it doesn’t take away anything from the worker or change the perception others have of them. They can still be an effective worker as long as they are getting their tasks done. I feel some jobs in the United States don’t allow this and would consider the employee to be less effective than others just because it could look like they are slacking off when in reality it could be boosting their effectiveness as a worker. This is what I’ve noticed is different when considering the behaviour and actions of a successful employee between here and in the United States.

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