Why business is NOT personal

While teaching in Europe some years ago, I was asked a very interesting question:
“How do you act or re-act when you feel threatened or unhappy at work?”

There is not one simple reply to this. When you do have work, you have an income. First of all be thankful for that. Times are really tough and making emotional changes to spite your old job is not to your benefit.
Things change fast in our career paths. Businesses change hands, situations arise that are beyond our control. Instead of feeling bitter about it and showing it with lack of enthusiasm, or even by feeling sorry for yourself, adapt. Life throws us curve balls all the time. At the same time, life is too short and too valuable.
Take a breath, take a step back and focus on your needs. There is NOTHING personal in any work environment. You don’t have to “like” everyone at work, you don’t have to be friends with everyone. Do your job, do it right, don’t complain, because you drag a dark cloud in your psyche and guess what? All you attract is negative energy, and of course failure.
Be polite, partake in functions, even open your home for co-workers and colleagues. Knowing how to behave like someone who has self respect and control, is everything you need. Kindness toward your team goes a long way.

Author: Mariella Stockmal

Dynamic results driven, E-commerce, Risk, Claims, Chargebacks & Fraud Protection executive.