Before anything else, I’d like to point out that I am no saint. I have probably broken most of what I’ve written down in this post, so save your hypocritical remarks.
If you’re a game developer like me, or any professional for that matter, then read on. This post is for you guys. Bato-bato sa langit, tamaan huwag magagalit.
Complete your tasks
You are a professional, and you’re paid to do a particular thing. So when you are given a task to complete, do it to the best of your abilities. If you are unable to do so, don’t hesitate to ask for help from your teammate/s, or notify your superior about whatever is holding you back. You are NOT being paid to slack off so get your ass up and do your job.
Follow the rules and regulations of the company/office/studio
Cliché much? Nonetheless, these rules and regulations are there for a reason – to enforce order in the office. If you have problems about some of the rules of the company, then bring it up with HR or management. Don’t whisper behind the company’s back about how evil they are in enforcing such rules. It’s better to engage in a healthy debate if it will benefit both the company and its people. Just make sure that management is open to such debates, if they’re not, then either keep your opinions to yourself or leave and find some other office where you’ll be happier.
Don’t abuse the company’s kindness
If the company is kind enough to allow food to be brought in your workplace, it doesn’t mean you should make a mess of your work area, leaving food crumbs and snack wrappers behind – clean up your mess. This goes for every other privilege the company has allowed. If management notices that these privileges are exploited, they will no doubt take it away eventually.
Honor your agreement and contract with your company
Whatever was written down in your contract, honor it. You signed the damn paper so you will be held responsible for any infractions you may have committed while the terms of the contract are still in effect. If you’re about to do something (stupid) and you’re not sure or do not remember the terms and clauses in your contract, read it again before you do anything. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Be responsible for your actions
Remember that there will always be consequences, to you, your reputation, your career. A world without consequence is a world in chaos. Whatever your position is in the company, you are responsible for something. If you are a manager or a team lead, then you are responsible for the people directly under your supervision, and remember to LEAD BY EXAMPLE; whatever you do reflects the kind of leader you are. If you have done something wrong, be responsible for what you did; don’t let someone else get the blame. Karma is a bitch, and you never want to get on her bad side.
I suppose that’s it for now. If I forgot something, please do tell me.