Attitude In The Workplace: Knowing Yourself As A Way to Improve Your Work Quality
Attitude in the workplace is sometimes one of the most difficult to discuss. Whenever some executives approach me to discuss how they can improve their attitude at work, I usually tell them to start with themselves. I am a big advocate of first looking within yourself before you start looking externally.
How can one speak about improving their attitude without first looking hard at themselves? It is always easier to blame external factors when sometimes the fault lies with us. If you want to improve your attitude in the workplace start by knowing yourself and asking yourself these questions.
There are two things that you need to check when it comes to knowing what you are good at. Firstly, check for your core competency. These are skills and technical knowledge that is required for you to complete your job well. Sometimes, you are already academically qualified to do this work. Other times, you get on job training. Secondly, check for the softer values that are needed. The common term used is your EQ ‘skills’. While technical skills and knowledge are important, equally important (or sometimes even more important) – are the softer skills. These are in general called social skills. Left unchecked, the lack of this self-knowledge will affect your work attitude.
2. Do I Really Belong Here?
Now you know you have the technical skills and knowledge. You also know you have the softer skills to tackle your work. Yet you feel your attitude in the workplace is far from your desired level. Then ask yourself this question – do you really belong here?
Sometimes, we may have all the skills and knowledge and social skills required to do our work well but we feel inadequate. Then it is time to ask if your values and principles matches with the work that you do? To find joy in your work and one that gives you a feeling that you have a good attitude in the workplace, you need your values and principles to match with those that your work provides.
When you find that your values and principles do not match with those that your work provides then you need to think hard about your choices. Left unchecked, it will just contribute to negative attitudes at work. You start to feel frustrated.
Sometimes, our life values and principles change with our life stages. For example, I used to clock long hours at work when I was a bachelor, sometimes 18 hours on end. I was happy giving my all. After all I lived alone in the city. But when my first child came along, my values changed. I no longer wanted to clock those hours. So, ask yourself if you really belong here?
This can help improve your attitude in the workplace.
3. What Can I Do Better Of?
If you feel some of your colleagues seems frustrated with their work or seem less pleasant to work with lately, maybe they need to ask themselves these hard questions. That way, they too can start to be on the road to better attitude in the workplace.
Work Behaviors That Work, and Gets You the Respect You Deserve
What are work behaviors that can positively impress your colleagues, especially when you are new at work?
Talking With Confidence: How To Do It in 6 Steps
Talking with confidence maybe one of your biggest challenge at work if you are a newbie. In fact, even some veterans at work still can’t speak confidently. How do you go about talking with confidence?
Excellence In The Workplace – Maturity Is An Expected Element
Creating excellence in the workplace with maturity.
Getting A Promotion: Are Your Ready? Develop A Habit of Asking Yourself These Questions.
Getting a promotion is probably on everyone’s mind when it's time for the year-end evaluation. Prepare yourself for the promotion by asking these questions.
Flaws At Work - Are You Committing These Mistakes and Limiting Your Own Possibilities?
Some flaws at work can only be seen when you start to develop the wisdom after having worked many years in the working world. Are you committing these flaws?
Moving Up The Corporate Ladder and Avoiding Common Pitfalls for the Fresh at Work
Moving up the corporate ladder for the new at work is easy if you are aware of these 3 common pitfalls.
Habits of Successful People: Bad Habits They Manage Well To Get Where They Are
What are the habits of successful people? What bad habits do they manage that makes them a success?
Take Pride In Your Work – How To Take Pride In What You Do
Take pride in your work today and see how your career soars.
Behavior At Work: Slow Down To Increase Your Work Efficiency
These are some of the easiest and more practical behavior at work to help you increase your efficiency.
For more articles related to "Attitude in the Workplace", click here.
Your Career Success Story - Share with Us!
Give us the details, so you can help motivate others to climb the corporate ladder, successfully.
101 Great Ways to Enhance Your Career
Learn & Grow: Join Our Newsletter
Every month, we bring you new articles based topics suggested by you. We hope to be able to give you tips and suggestions, and provide answers to your questions that you will find helpful.
Start Here: The Newbies Guide
If you are new to this site and don't know where to start, start here by reading our most read articles.