Unfortunately, outside factors can create internal struggles. As an Administrative Professional, I had to resist giving challenges the power to impact my work and/or dampen my enthusiasm. Over the years as an Executive Assistant to a powerful Silicon Valley CEO, I learned from him that preparation is good…but good preparation includes thinking about the “what-ifs” that work-life hands you. Common in many organizations is the question of how to effectively plan to confront the people or things sabotaging your enthusiasm.
Common Workplace Challenges:
Whether you’ve been at your company two days, two years, or two decades, challenges arise. Here are three common examples:
1) Unpleasant Work Environment
It’s one thing to dislike your job, but when you feel uncomfortable or physically ill walking into work, the environment may be toxic. Your bad boss, rude coworker, failure to qualify for a promotion, lack of recognition, or any combination of the four can be to blame.
For years, various groups of people – in the realm of business or politics, have voiced their frustrations with hierarchy. Because of the connotation, it may seem like a bad word. If you’re at the bottom of the food chain, it may feel like your voice falls on deaf ears. If you’re in the middle of the food chain, well, you’re in the middle of everything—higher ups project demands, and subordinates look to you for answers or changes you can’t provide. If you’re at the top-level, you have the most responsibility—you make the big decisions and give the last word. Everyone looks to you, and that alone is difficult.
3) Difficult Clients or Peers
As an Executive Assistant, I would sometimes have to deal with demanding clients. I’m sure you’ve heard the adage, “the customer is always right.” The outdated maxim provides clients or peers a sense of entitlement, impacting your ability to do your job.
Tips for Conquering Dragons and Demons:
Whether your light is being dimmed by the environment, process, or customers, you can overcome workplace challenges by focusing on yourself:
1) Boost Self-Confidence
In the business world, your confidence may gradually deplete as a result of errors made when accomplishing tasks. The difference in levels of confidence comes down to how we react to criticism from those mistakes. Take control of how you feel by implementing these top-three habits:
- Criticism hurts and letting the criticism roll off your shoulders is easier said than done. Try this: if you hear something negative, keep an open mind and try to clear the ego. If the criticism is emotional at all levels, try not to let it bother you or destroy how you feel about yourself. Take a breath before you react because good criticism is constructive, listen and learn from it.
- Increase your knowledge: knowing how to handle issues of all sizes can increase your confidence. Seek out inspiration by attending a workshop or conference, take a course, watch a TED talk, or read a book.
- Celebrate your successes: self-acknowledgment reminds you that you are meant for the position. It’s okay to give yourself a “pat on the back” when no one else does. Famous comedian and author Milton Berle stated: “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
2) Setting and Achieving Goals
There’s nothing more satisfying than accomplishing a goal or task. With the New Year, one topic that rings out to everyone is that of goal setting. Whether short-term “to-day lists”, to longer-term life goals or even those great “bucket-list” items, goal setting works because it provides a platform for success.
Developing your idea, or completing tasks needs a road-map, and is the start of the goal-setting process. Keep it simple, set the goal, what is the start date and end date? What’s your objective? What’s your action plan; how do you intend to get there? To achieve your objective, you’ll need an action plan. In doing so, prioritize your tasks and responsibilities before the deadline. Ask for help if needed.
Work/life challenges can render even the best-planned goals useless, especially if you stray away from the plan or strategy. Adapt to change but commit to your vision. You can achieve your goals!
While you can’t always control outside factors, you can focus on something equally if not more important, yourself. When you choose to enact positive changes, nothing can get in the way between you and success. AdminUniverse™ offers some wonderful career enhancement programs. Now is the time to find out for yourself how we can help by checking out our latest programs at http://AdminUniverse.com.
Meet Joanne Linden, CPS, CEAP, President and Master Trainer, who was an administrative professional herself, and her teaching style is grounded in authentic office experience. AdminUniverse™ can help you improve yourself, widen your skill set, and advance your career. Connect: email@example.com. https://adminuniverse.com