We tend to rely too heavily upon our employers to provide a satisfying workplace experience. We need to take greater personal responsibility to develop a better workplace environment for ourselves.
When we feel we’re being treated in a shabby fashion by our employers, we tend to evolve ways and means of getting back at them: second-rate performance, poor attitude, cutting corners, bad-mouthing, etc. Though emotionally gratifying in the moment, these practices rob us of a sense of enjoyment and gratification in the long run.
Because you are a good person, you can’t expect going around doing bad things and not feel bad about yourself. Because you have an inner system of values and a sense of right and wrong, real guilt is going to result.
Once you understand how you are sabotaging yourself and your happiness, you can learn to make and execute a plan for dealing with feeling unhappy at the workplace; try to avoid falling into a sense of hopelessness or despair.
Autonomy is a sense of having power and control over how you view yourself and your environment. You can learn to be much more autonomous in the workplace than you presently imagine.
Many adults have lost touch with the sense of pride and satisfaction in a job well done that you can readily observe when watching children at play.
Making the decision of choosing how you will act and feel at work in infinitely more rewarding that simply reacting to outer circumstances.
With the proper attitude and skills, you can learn to go from being a cog in the machinery to being a self-guided, autonomous individual, virtually self-employed within the company framework.
Seek out and insist upon regular performance reviews; these are the foundation of your opportunities for career advancement, whether at your current job or your next one.
By employing the strategy of the Informational Interview, you can take charge of your own professional growth and development.
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