Some things have been changing at my workplace. We’re shifting strategies, changing priorities, and the original job I was hired for nine months ago has been omitted. Without going into too much detail, it’s a big transition for our team.
This new transition made me start thinking about my career as a whole and how I let my emotions control my behavior. I take things personally and it can cloud my judgement. This is a bad thing in the workplace. So, one career tip for you, especially if you are a recent graduate.
Remove your emotions.
You often hear the saying, “It’s not personal. It’s just business.” This can be a hard pill to swallow, but in my experience, I’ve found it to be true. Most people are not out to get you, even if they do not like you. All businesses come back to money, and without it, they cannot operate successfully.
If your boss or supervisor jumps on your case about an issue, remember that it is not personal. She/he wants you to do the best you can in the position you were hired for. If you fail in that position, consequences or criticisms will come your way. Do not react in anger. Do not cry (at least until you know you’re in private). Take it with a cool head and use it to better yourself.
On the other side, do not let your emotions effect the way you treat your peers or boss. Even the worst scenarios call for composure. No matter how annoying a person is, remember that you are a professional and all of your reactions reflect who you are at the core. You do not want to be known as the hothead or whiner.
Keeping your feelings in check can be tough, but it’s worth working on. Even when the situation is unfair and you feel justified, it is better to stay silent before spouting words you will later regret.
In terms of my own career growth, I am much better than when I started my first “real” job, but I still have a long way to go. It is difficult, but I continue to challenge myself to be level-headed and calm in less-than-desirable situations so I am seen as a young, yet mature woman in the workplace.
Have you ever let your emotions get the best of you at work? Was it worth it in the end?