Past The Romance
It takes a "real man" to write about the day after.
Seriously, folks, we can talk about loving our jobs, our projects, and our accomplishments when "love is in the air" and everyone holds hands and sings at the end of the day.
But how do we feel the love when the romance is dead and all the happy gushy feelings are on the 75% off clearance shelf?
What do you do when the love is dead in our workplace? Well, here are a few ideas:
- Ask why and how - what path did your work environment take to get here? Was it one toxic co-worker? Is it a bad policy? Did the project not make sense? Can you isolate the root cause(s) of the dissatisfaction?
- How long - has the current environment always existed? If not, how long did it take to go downhill? Was it overnight (it rarely is)? Can you still reverse the trend? (If so, see the bullet point above.)
- Control freak - do you and your colleagues have control over the culture and environment? Can you call a "come to Jesus" meeting, or is it the elephant in the room of which everyone is aware but nobody wants to discuss? If you can't fix it all, what steps are in your control? Will it take baby steps or a quantum leap?
- Feet to the fire - ally yourself with others who want change and hold each other accountable for the behavior shifts that need to occur. Set timelines and goals. Touch base and figure out where you're slipping.
- What have you done for me lately - there may be some who don't want you to succeed or who feel threatened. If you can demonstrate you are moving in the right direction, you can champion your own changes.
- Keep the romance alive - workplace changes are like marriage. If you only wait until special occasions like retreats and appraisals (or anniversaries and birthdays), you will be in trouble. Culture is a day-to-day personal branding decision.
Start feeling the love again... at least for the next 364 days.