You make choices constantly. How often do you own the choices you make? In making choices you can go unconscious, in a way. By that, I mean that you do not acknowledge that you alone can make the choices that affect your life. Although others have influence and our choices sometimes have consequences, you make them. No one can take your power to make choices away from you. As you acknowledge the choices you make, your power will grow. What choices have you made recently at work?
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We’ve been hearing a lot about Steven Slater, the Jet Blue flight attendant who quit his job dramatically. Good choice, bad choice, dos and don’ts can be discussed, but what interests me is an undercurrent of the news reporting about people who are dissatisfied in their jobs.
There are reports that that Steven Slater is being approached to host a show in which unhappy workers quit their jobs in outlandish ways. I received a Facebook post from a friend who is a flight attendant addressing what it is like to be in their shoes and asking us to see the other side of Steven Slater’s experience.
I welcome this increased awareness and dialogue on fulfillment in your work, respect and dignity on the job and not letting things get so unbearable you lose it.
I found an interesting web site today: The Workplace Bullying Institute. I am so glad that this concept of workplace bullying is getting attention. On the website there is an announcement of Freedom from Bullies Week: A Week for Support, Inspiration, Peace & Health October 19 – 25, 2008. The purpose of the week is to practice different strategies to overcome indifference to the plight of over 54 million Americans who endure bullying at work on a routine basis. By raising the awareness of those affected by workplace bullying and validating their feelings, they can then regain their power. No one has to endure workplace bullying. I hope we are seeing the beginning of its end.
When you run into a difficult situation at work, the best ally you have is your own truth. By your truth, I mean how you view the situation and identify what you want to do about it. When you clearly state your truth without extreme emotions or bias, people listen. But, most importantly, you know where you stand. It is from a centered place that you best represent your interests.