Making BIG Changes: Don’t Blow It, Deal With It

Hello, Motivators!

I’m taking a break from writing the weekly Monday Motivators to nurture my Wellness Pillar. Thank you for understanding and it is my hope you’ll enjoy today’s throwback message.

Communication is key, have you heard that one? The truth is, it really is. You can make or break your career by your ability or inability to communicate. Today, I am going to share with you some simple tips that you might very well be aware of. They are simple. The question I have for you is, how often are you practicing these communication skills? Remember, you can easily blow your career by losing your cool at work. It’s important to know ahead of time what might cause such incidents and think about ways to deal with them with civility and compassion.

You feel left out. Lack of acceptance among peers provokes anger and hurt feelings, potentially limiting your effectiveness on the job. What can you do to feel more a part of a team effort?

  • Be in communication with the team; don’t silo yourself off from them.
  • Ask questions with genuine interest.
  • Spend time getting to know the team members and making a personal connection with each of them.

Your boss nit-picks. A critical boss is one of the key frustrations for employees, who often adopt a do-no-more-than-necessary attitude. But this can lead to more criticism, and start a vicious cycle. Can you find ways to calmly deal with the criticism?

  • Don’t take it personally. Their criticisms may have nothing to do with you.
  • Get positive feedback from others. There may be more to their story. 
  • Don’t give up. Keep doing a great job and bettering yourself.

You don’t get the recognition you deserve. While management guide, after management guide touts the necessity of showing appreciation to employees, employees often don’t get credit for the hard work and extra hours they put into their jobs. How can you help your manager take notice of your efforts?

  • Check in with your boss often to share accomplishments regularly and be sure to give credit to others when it’s due.
  • Accept praise with tact. Accept their recognition and say thank you.

You are the subject of a vicious rumor. False rumors are hurtful and employees fear they will cause irreparable damage to their reputations or careers. Do you know who you should talk with to combat this hurtful or harmful rumor?

  • Be brave, avoid getting upset and address it if someone approaches you asking/telling you about it. Address that you have heard it and it’s not true.
  • Don’t spend all your time trying to deny and combat the rumor, it only adds more focus and attention to the false information and can actually lead people to believe the rumors are true.

You have an incompetent boss. Most of us want to admire and respect the people we work for, but when that person is inept, we risk losing our enthusiasm for our jobs and respect for the company. Can you find a mentor or build a support system of your own at work?

If this hits home for you, practice patience and the above tips.

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