2012 was a very challenging year for many corporations. A violent wave of change continue to sweep the workplace. Many lost their jobs and homes. Some silently watched their retirement investments go down the drain. The unemployment rate is at an all time high. I’m sure you have heard about the fiscal cliff. Right?
If you survived the latest layoff, chances are, you are asking to do more with less. To say the least, stress is choking the life out of employees in the workplace.
I bet you never expected this kind of workplace when you filled out the job application a few years ago. After all, you were promised a fulfilling and rewarding career. But ,instead of a rewarding and fulfilling career, you are hoping that you will still have a job a month or a year from now.
Well, that is not to say your company lied to you. They just didn’t foresee the disruptive changes that are violently shaking the business world.
Unfortunately, things are not about to get better or back to normal soon. In fact, you should get used to the new normal. Disruptive technologies will continue to emerge. Companies will be forced to downsize and streamline.
The only thing you can do is to work on yourself to make sure you become indispensable. Simply put, you have to go from being a liability to being an asset to your company.
Let me offer you five new attitudes you need to embrace during these rapidly changing times in order to stay relevant and employable.
1. Accept This New Reality & Think Solutions
It is a fact that things are bad. Face it. Accept it and move on. This is not the time to dwell on the problems. Your challenges will not go away because you constantly complain about them. Your best bet is to focus on solutions. And yes, there’s a solution for every problem. Just look hard and you’ll find it.
Your company will absolutely love you for being a problem solver. Keep in mind that replaying and rehashing the good old days is not a solution. It’s only a surefire way to create undue stress for yourself and your team.
Acceptance is the key.
We all know the world is going through a shift or a total transformation. Unforeseen events continue to happen. Therefore, you should focus all your energy on coming up with the right solutions that can help your company thrive in spite of their challenges.
2. Wipe Your Tears And Make Peace With Change
It is said that whatever we fight will persist. I know you probably are not happy with all this change in your workplace. You might even cry at times because of your frustrations. I know you have to work harder for less money. But I want to encourage to stop fighting change so that you can keep your job.
Right now, companies are looking for collaborators. They have zero tolerance for those who continue to fight change. You really don’t have a choice here. It’s either you go with the program or leave the program.
Think of it this way: The New Normal won’t be too normal at first. Just embrace it. Make peace with it.
3. Be Patient During The Transition Of Change.. Don’t Give Up!
At the end of the day, you will be victorious. However, you have to see yourself as a victor instead of a victim. We all know that the transition of change is difficult. But, that’s not a reason to give up or walk away.
I say this because some people are really defeated mentally. They are tuned out. Physically they show up to work. But, they are mentally absent. Well, if that’s you, it’s time to come back to your senses and be present.
Years ago, when I came to this country with two shirts, one pair of pants and five dollars, things were tough. I didn’t have any connections or resources. Talking about doing more with less?
The only thing I had going for me was persistence. I refused to give up. I knew I was destined for greatness. I had to go through a transition of change in order to acclimate myself with a new country.
Many times I got discouraged. But, the obstacles in my way were nothing compared to the future that loomed ahead. Patiently, I kept pressing on. I refused to give up. I’m so glad I did.
Roll up your sleeves and enthusiastically help your company weather the storm. That’s the attitude you need to embrace in order to become indispensable. Be patient. Give it time. Stay with it.
4. Become A Learner Instead Of A Learned
Eric Hoffer said, “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Simply put, the learned stop learning a long time ago. But the learner keeps on learning. The challenges your company is dealing with cannot be overcome with the old knowledge. They need fresh insights and innovative ideas.
Your job is to step up and be the one with those fresh and innovative insights. Help them innovate their way out of the crisis. The key is to acquire new knowledge that that is critical to the survival of your company.
Invest hours into learning and absorbing cutting-edge and in-demand information. For example, if Social Media Marketing is critical to the success of your company, master it. Make sure no one else in your company understands it better than you do. Be the best at it.
Maybe your company is losing their customer base because they are poorly using social media to communicate with them. Well, master the art of customer service through social media. It’s that simple.
Show your company how you can generate more leads and sales for them. They will love you for it. They will keep you around for years.
5. Become An Uplifting Team Player
This is the best attitude to have right now. A negative and pessimistic attitude is not welcome during difficult times in the workplace. Negative attitudes tend to slow down teams and production. That’s why you have to stay away from the gossips and negative rumors.
Now is the time to become a cheer leader for each other. Whenever you hear others complaining, remind them that there’s nothing they can do to stop what is happening. Help them focus on solutions. Cheer them up!
Be there for your team members. Encourage them. Go out of your way to help and assist when you can. Be the kind of cheerleader the company wants on their team. Go out of your way to be of service to others. Don’t make it all about you.
Always go the extra mile. If you need to wait an extra hour to get something done or help a co-worker, do so with a pleasant attitude. Everyone has to chip in and help make things better in the new normal world.
Those are the kind of attitudes that can separate you from the pack. You have to be indispensable and remarkable.