How to Brighten Up a Drab, Demotivating Office Culture

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By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Being happy at work may seem counterintuitive for some people, but it is possible. While business tasks can be tedious and difficult, when a culture of positivity exudes, even the most challenging projects are more bearable, even rewarding.

If you feel your current office culture doesn’t meet expectations, don’t lose hope. Whether you’ve been on the job hunt for a few months—or even a few years—shift is possible.

For example, you may find yourself in an environment lacking lightheartedness and levity. If you are a bubbly, outgoing personality with extrovert tendencies, you may seek a more demonstrative manager or teammates with whom you can feed off one another’s energy.

A culture where the overall tone, from the CEO to the front line staff is consistently serious may come across to you as humorless and deflating. You may not be happy in this environment over the long haul because being more open and sociable is fuel that motivates you to perform.

How To Initiate the Beginning of a Culture Shift

  • Request a meeting with your boss with a multifaceted goal to discuss future objectives, while also airing your concern. Propose a solution, related to the energy drain the culture has on your spirits, your teammates’ attitudes and overall office productivity.
  • A possible initial solution to gain culture shift traction may include asking your boss (or your boss’s boss; or even the company owner, if it’s a small organization) to employ regularly scheduled ‘walkabouts’ where he/she simply connects with the staff, on a more personal level.Follow this link for the full post (and more ‘how to’ ideas): How to Energize a Dull, Demotivating Culture.

How to Wrangle Down Anxiety and Empower Yourself After Job Loss


By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

Losing your job often comes on suddenly. Even if you had seen signs of your job’s demise and were planning an escape hatch, the actual dissolution of your job still can feel like a smack in the face. In many cases, losing a job is like a death.

As such, many people find themselves grappling with unfamiliar emotions while they also must gear up for and conduct a job search, quickly. Feelings of unworthiness, fear, insecurity and even anger may circulate, leading to tears, aggressive behavior, reclusiveness, over-sharing, desperation, paralysis by analysis and more.

All the while, the drumbeat of finding a new job marches on, with or without your positive energy. And each day that passes without a job offer feels like weeks, weeks feel like months. Figuring out how to wrangle down bills until the next paycheck spurs further anxiety.

However, examining and unwinding from the negativity that has you all knotted up—if done well–can allow you to move ahead while also creating residual gains only possible from such a loss.

Some of the potential gains of job loss follow.

You can:

1. Reconnect with and sharpen your goals. Encapsulated in the borders of a day-to-day job, you kept your mind on the company goal but had no time to focus on personal aspirations. Your own goals, therefore, began to fade. With more time to examine and percolate on your next steps, you are now free to create a new picture ‘target’ that helps you aim your arrow.

2. Build a new story punctuated with the exclamation points of your achievements, including the nuances of your unique value. Take time to articulate your resume in a way that not only makes your future employer’s heart race, but also makes your own heart sing.

Follow this link for 3 more ways to empower yourself following job loss: Unemployed? Here Are 5 Things You Should Do.


Why Employees Are Abandoning Ship


By Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter

With an uptick in job opportunities, employees are becoming more optimistic. As a result, those who have been hunkered down, awaiting the economic storm to pass are resurfacing now, and if they don’t like what they see, they are on the hunt for better opportunities. Are you one of these employees?

1. You Are Tired of Being Frenetic. If your culture feeds off of drama spurred by poor or last-minute decision-making, little or no vision or project planning;, and constantly shifting gears rather than sticking to a decision or plan, you likely are at risk of losing some key players. Employees understand that disruptions in the economy, marketplace shifts, new product roll-outs that get hung up, technology snafus and other emergencies occasionally happen, and they must therefore pitch in with verve—and swiftly–to ensure a smooth resolution.

However, constant frenzy generally is not an acceptable culture for anyone seeking to sustain their enthusiasm for their job. If their personal lives and their health begin to suffer as a result of a culture of frantic, employees often find themselves networking their way into a new, healthier environment.

2. Your Expertise No Longer Is Respected. For various reasons, well-respected employees may discover a once mutually respectful culture taking a sharp left turn, where their professional opinions no longer seem to hold much weight. For example, if your leadership guard is suddenly replaced, and the incoming CEO has a distinctly different agenda that appears to disregard current employees’ opinions and ideas, trouble mounts.

Perhaps the new leadership wants to rapidly grow a small business in order to compete with the Fortune 500 competitors. If they pivot so quickly that the longstanding employees who have navigated the storms of start-up are simply dismissed in the process, they not only risk losing those employees, they also risk making a move that may tear down the foundational core of your company’s operation. Since the old guard employees are no longer there, no one with any real experience or company history will be left to help bail your company out.

Please follow this link for the rest of the post: 5 Reasons Why You Should Look for a New Job.


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