Workplace Attitude And The Recession


The year of unknown challenges has had people in the workplace encountering situations they had not anticipated on their goals list at the beginning of 2009.

Some of their challenges may have included, redundancies and people did not know whether their job would stay or go, maybe they had extra work because a colleague was made redundant instead of them or maybe they had to perform with less money in the budget or in their pay packet.

As the recession starts to wind down and buoyancy begins to pop up in the words of politicians, economists and business owners it is also a time to re-evaluate your present thinking.

On a scale of 0 – 100% how would you rate the present level of attitude of the people who work with you?  If you rated you or your fellow staff below fifty percent what is that costing you personally in time and energy or your company bottom line. 

Consequently as we look to recover it is a time to recuperate mentally as well as physically which leads to your renewed positive thinking. Whereas it has been a year of re-acting to the recession, now it is a time to be proactive to ensure greater results in 2010. Failure to do some thing different could have dire results for yourself or company.

As Christmas approaches and you rush to meet deadlines, appointments or achieve goals it is easy to forget about dealing with your stress and your attitude at work can plummet. The result can be you find a quick fix solution that is promising or one with dire consequences.

The newspapers reveal that ‘employees are now more confident to move jobs and employers are starting to re-engage new employers’. Therefore if your workplace attitude has plummeted throughout the year, the solution is to improve your attitude from mediocre to positive which will improve your personal results. The cost of replacing and training new staff is colossal so smart bosses want to retain you. It may not be time to ask for a raise, but other rewards you receive from your present position may need to be remembered, rather than be negative at work.

Many years ago, I stayed in a job because of the flexibility it gave me as a parent, the shorter working hours, short travelling time and ability to have sick days with children if needed rather than the wages. So although there were some negatives, the positives outweighed them for my present situation.

Where positive thinking runs through from CEO to the factory floor and where everyone is valued and has the willingness to do their best and achieve their best performance, the benefits to a company shows up n their bottom line.

That happens by touching people’s hearts, showing they are appreciated and then following it up with the motivation to help them want to achieve, not only for the company, but also for themselves. An old philosophy, value workers and they value the work.

If this is happening in your company you are one of the lucky workers. If not outside the square box ideas might be helpful.

One of my proactive ideas was to deliver strawberry plants to prospective new customers and approach them with this concept on my ‘Attitude postcard. A “sweet” idea is to reward your staff’s input for 2009 challenges and invest to retain them for greater 2010 results. It was my opening to introduce myself to offer one hour to full day solutions at Christmas luncheons or functions  for companies to reward their staff and say ‘Thanks for your input for 2009’ and lets gear up for 2010.

Additionally with the festive season looming here are some tips to keep your workplace attitude positive:

1.    Change your telephone message to include a Christmas message
2.    Send your accounts out with a Santa or cheery Christmas message
3.    Organise a work collection for goodies for charities
4.    Bring a $2 present to share at a Christmas party
5.    Tensions can rise at work - walk away rather than confront
6.    Organise a luncheon with everyone bringing a small plate of Christmas goodies
7.    Decorate your workplace with Christmas decorations.

Good luck, go well and have a Merry Prosperous Christmas.


Janice Davies is an attitude trainer, professional speaker, business trainer and author. Unleashing people's potential is her passion; helping people unlearn old negative habits and re-learn new techniques, to create a positive attitude to life.

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