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Smiling Through The Pain: How Your Workplace Attitude Can Affect Your Altitude

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

So here we are. 2009.
The noisemakers and party hats have been put away, the long weekend is over and, like a cold slap in the face, we are all back at our desks trying to figure out what’s next.

What’s next for our country, for our Company and for our individual job security?

Tough questions for tough times…but let’s focus on you and your current job.

Assuming that you would like to stay where you are for now (the alternatives are for another day and post), what are the things that you can do to ensure that you will remain in the “starting line-up?”

Here are some tips:

  • Do not become the Chicken Little (”the sky is falling”) of your office. While it’s somewhat comforting to strut around proclaiming gloom and doom (e.g. the demise of the economy, the business, the free world, etc), people tend to want to stay away from “downers.”
  • Take a minute, before you walk into your workplace, to focus and get into the proper mind-set with the appropriate demeanor.
  • Listen more to those around you. It will give you a better feel for the “pulse” of the workplace.
  • Arrive on time or early and stay late. Those who are constantly tardy are, manytimes, the first to get booted. Those that take long lunches and leave early are deemed to be more expendable.
  • Do your work on time and be extra prepared to answer your Supervisor’s questions. Now is the time to really show that you understand the business.
  • Generate a list of “best practices” and cost-savings opportunities that could be implemented to help the business survive and for your Boss to look good.
  • Do not flaunt holiday gifts or brag about vacations. Times are tough and you do not want to plant any seeds that suggest that someone else may need their job more than you.
  • Be cognizant of others who may be going through some tough economic or emotional times. Many spouses have just received layoff notices and family emotions are running high.
  • Now is not the time to bad mouth a colleague, a supervisor or the organization (no matter how much they deserve it).
  • Get all of your work in on time or early. People will notice.
  • Offer to help someone who seems to be struggling.
  • Smile. It’s contagious.
  • Today’s Tip: Times are hard. The stock market and our spirits are down. Companies are folding everyday. But, don’t let it all get to you. Stand tough and tall. Smile through the pain. Be a role model rather than a bad example. Show up, do your job, be approachable, listen and hang in there. Others will notice and it will help you get through to tomorrow.