The failure and subsequent bailout of the nation’s iconic financial institutions, the bankruptcy or sell-off of huge banks once regarded as impregnable, and the lingering cancer of subprime mortgages have combined to deepen the nation’s recession and create a climate of fear and doubt throughout the nation. Many astute economists have called the situation the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression.
To understate the case, it’s probably not the best time to consider leaving your job, even if you can’t stand being there. So what are the best coping strategies for making lemonade out of lemons? In this and subsequent posts we will examine what you can do to at least partially remedy your situation.
The first place to start is with your attitude. Step back and examine your organization and your view of your workplace. Cultivate as much objectivity as you can muster. What is within and outside your control? You may well be unable to change the “culture” of your organization. Yet you can change your attitude toward that culture.
What people or situations create anxiety, frustration or anger within you? What people or situations give you a lift and make your job easier? No job or organization is perfect. Look for the good as well as the bad points. Conduct an audit of the organization as it impacts you. Be thorough and detailed. Tomorrow we’ll look at what you can do with your audit to reduce your stress and frustration.