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Aligning Values and Roles in the Workplace

In this episode of Your Employment Matters two important employment topics are addressed. They are: 1) finding the right job and building the right team; and 2) how a person’s role and their co-workers have a significant impact on the person’s and co-worker’s work experience.

Today’s guest, Betty Thorne Tierney, Esq. is Vice President and the Associate General Counsel for a large retail chain in the Southern United States. Betty spent the last 31 years in retail, actively litigating all types of cases nationwide. Since 2012, Betty has led an in-house trial team of attorneys, paralegals, and administrative employees.

It’s not always easy to recognize an opportunity if it’s something that you didn’t envision for yourself. – Beverly Williams

Betty never envisioned herself in management leading an in-house litigation team. When the opportunity came, however, she wisely took the time to consider it. She had conversations with her spouse, her boss, and then took a chance. Fortunately, it turned out to be the best decision for her career. In her new managerial role, Betty learned how to manage different roles, different personalities, and how to work in different settings to achieve the best result. She learned how to lead a team to benefit the company, and support her team members’ career aspirations.

Key topics discussed in this episode include:

  • Recognizing and assessing opportunities
  • Characteristics considered in the hiring process
  • Representing yourself and your company well

“When looking for a new job, make sure you research, know what’s expected, and see it meets your goals and abilities. That is the best thing you can do for yourself.” – Betty Thorne Tierney

Betty and Beverly also talked about the right fit between the employee, the job, the company, and the team. Before anyone takes on a role, they need to make sure that the values, nature of work, and all other job details align with their goals. This isn’t just for the benefit of the company, but also for the employee. It helps ensure that when they start working, they won’t feel burdened, misunderstood, or underperform.

It’s the leader’s job to develop the team. However, it’s the employee’s responsibility to develop skills and character and provide value to the company while simultaneously improving their personal growth. 

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