As a colleague of Nan’s, I often post here when things grab my attention about today’s workplace and sometimes, life. This week I thought I’d share a recent conversation I had with a close friend. She is in a tough spot at work; her personal values and beliefs are in conflict with those of her employer’s. Sound familiar? This situation is fairly common in today’s work climate. The question is – What to do about it?
We talked for quite a bit. Here are three ideas to spark your own thinking.
“It is not your environment; it is you – the quality of your mind, the integrity of your soul, the determination of your will – that will decide your future and shape your life.” – Benjamin E. Mays
Know Who You Are
Name three characteristics that describe you. What do you stand for? How do others perceive you? What can you compromise? There is strength in knowing who you are. Strength needed to make good decisions, to speak what’s on your mind and to seek the middle ground.
You are not the only one in this situation. See out trusted colleagues. Ask for their support and suggestions. Learn how others have handled similar issues in the past. Consider a mentor or personal coach.
As a popular TV Show Judge explains, ” … one of you will be in and one of you will be out.” Make a decision. You may need to stay with your current company for many good reasons or you may decide to update your resume and look for other opportunities. Don’t quit on the job. It is important to make a conscious choice. And, only you can make it.
You may be in a similar situation. Do you have an idea you would like to share? We would love to hear it.