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In honor of Father’s Day, I asked my Facebook and Twitter friends what was some of the best workplace advice they got from their dads. And as is always the case, I got great response. So to all the dads and those that play the role of dad in our lives, here’s to you on your special day – and thanks for all the great advice.

From Facebook:

Jessie Singer: Just find a job where you make enough money so you can take care of me one day. I want my own bedroom and bathroom, preferably with an exit to my backyard private pool!

Jana Herbert Anthoine: To never let your gas tank get below 1/4 full... Have NEVER run out of gas!

Taylor Kalander: Always do what is right, even if it causes you problems.

Patti Rose Knight: Always be on time - punctuality is key - leave enough time to factor in any delays. It is much better to be too early than a minute late!

Crystal Olig: My dad started his company in the recession in the early 80s. At the start of our current recession, he told me to be patient and build relationships now that will build my career later. Hard times, he said, make old companies get innovative or get out -- leaving room for bright newcomers to soar!

Susan Hart: My Dad was in sales for the same company for 45 years. When I started my own firm, he advised me not to depend on any one single large source of revenue (aka a bread-n-butter client); rather work with several similar-sized clients, so that if you lose one or two, it doesn't devastate your cash flow. He's right. He's my Dad.

Caroline Hagel: Whenever I wanted to buy a new suit for an interview, my dad would tell me that most rich people don't dress up and no one would care about what I was wearing. I'm not sure if he was trying to keep me from buying more clothes, but I still haven't bought into his advice! He still wears the same thing everyday…Arrow dress shirt, jeans, white athletic socks, and dress shoes. Maybe it's because he's from Montana? 🙂

Kasey Broach: Be extra nice to secretaries and security guards - they can get you anything.

Margie Albert: Work hard and always work nice even in tough situations. And the receptionist is the most important person in the organization! She/he can make you or break you!

Laura Daley: Do it if you think it's a good idea, and apologize later-- It's worked great for him--innovation is key in the workplace.

Drew Gomez: Just remember you are the Chief

Michael Ging: Nothing in the long run, is more important that your personal integrity. You can spend a lifetime developing it and loose it in a single instant.

Paula Hall: In politics, my dad’s concerns were with sexual harassment and a work environment where men don't have much respect for women. So I would say that his advice or what I have learned is to be strong and watch out for myself .

Yvette Gia Roeder: Don't get into advertising...which is more of a career/work advice rather than "workplace" advice. But that's why I'm in PR.

Sophia Fuka: Make yourself irreplaceable!

Danielle Carbone Sittu: To keep my eyes and my ears open and my mouth shut. (I think it was a Navy/New York thing.)

Steve Tripp: I work more than 40 hours a week because I have a great job and it takes longer than that to do what I need to. Never understood that as a 10-year-old.

Kelly Williams Ferrara: Do something you love to do!

Jessica Douglas: Copied and pasted from an email he sent me one day I was having a really hard time...In the meantime, keep your mouth shut and your ears wide open. Remember, in the end - intelligence always wins.

Kris Baxter-Ging: My father often worked two jobs, did work for people on weekends and swapped goods he didn't want for things we needed. As a result, I think I've become resourceful and hard working, qualities that have helped me greatly in life. Thanks, Dad!

Jolinda Nestor: Never, ever cut what you can untie. Information/knowledge is power...so, research everything!

Jeff Schwartz: Do what you love.

Beth Goldstein: Every job has an upside and downside, find a job that has a big enough upside that the downside doesn't bother you all that much! And, remember the secretaries, janitors and other front liners all year round, not just on those phony Hallmark holidays! e.g. Donuts on birthdays, etc.

From Twitter

klewing: Dad told me that you can learn more on the bottom doing things no one else wants to do, so don't be afraid to say yes to all tasks.

courtPRinaz: My dad told me never speak up on a conference call unless you are absolutely sure about what you're going to say.

abbygilmore: My dad says building & maintaining relationships is the key to success& tells me to learn from everyone I meet

casaundra: Avoid office drama was the best advice my Dad game me 😉

annebuchanan: For his entire banking career, Dad kept framed copy of Rudyard Kipling's "If" hanging on office wall: http://bit.ly/5tAnnL

RachelBrockway: Best advice- Always be on time and if possible be early!

dedangelo: Why do you think they call it 'work'?

gritsnyc: The admins, the janitors & the front desk folks are the ones who really run the company. Be nice to them & you'll get what you need.

toryalcumbrac: Mind my own business! 🙂

JustInTheSouth: Son, if you don't have a good name-you don't have anything! - Papa Brackett

lafinguy: Dad always said do everything with working towards running/owning the business in mind.

TheActiveVoice: Find something you love; then find a way to get paid for it. Also: It'll still be there in the morning. (He was right.)

And from the office

Beth Wilkinson My dad taught me to know your worth – not necessarily in terms of dollars, but in the value of your skill set in whatever job you find yourself working. It’s important to keep track of your successes so you can where you’ve come from, where you are now and where you want to be. He also taught me (in actions, not words) that it’s key to like what you do most of the time. If you don’t…change it!

Scott Hanson: Provide your customers with the honesty you’d expect from them.

Alison Bailin: Don’t listen to those chickens who are scared of public speaking. It’s fun. It’s powerful. It’s a way to always be heard.

Hayley Magerman: If you do what you love, then it isn’t work.

And from my dad, Larry Fink: be on time and do your very best at all times.

Thanks Dad!

Abbie S. Fink
Abbie S. Fink
Vice President/General Manager Abbie has been doing public relations her whole life…from organizing a picket line in 6th grade to organizing client communications today. She’s passionate about a lot of things, you’ll see. Check out Abbie's full bio

3 Comments

  1. Taylor says:

    What great advice! I love this post. 🙂

  2. Fun blog. Thanks Abbie.

    And, a very Happy Father’s Day to ALL the great dads and their infinite wisdom, both past & present.

  3. Kelly Ferrara says:

    Abby –
    Great post! Very fun to read what everyone said!

    Have a great weekend!
    Kelly

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