People often mention the daily grind. Are you prepared for the daily grind? Are you enthused for your workplace race?
It seems that there are two types of job deliveries. You can deliver by being present, nothing more, just showing up. The other option is to really arrive, ready, motivated, and about to slay the day.
Which one represents you?
In some workplace cultures the enthusiastic employee has to cut back, slow down, and take a breath. This is unfortunate because the department, team, or organization is missing out on the best work.
Navigating organizational politics can be draining. Do too much and you’re slapped back into submission. Do too little and there isn’t any real engagement, excitement, or reason to be motivated.
One of the worst parts about this scenario is that across time, the most motivated will leave for a better opportunity. The slower movers stay. They only want the paycheck, and they don’t mind hanging out while waiting.
How you work is a personal choice you make. It is often conditioned by both the environment and culture. Leadership matters.
When you are having trouble navigating the culture remember the reason that you are there. Are you there to collect a paycheck? Perhaps, for now. Are you there as a career stepping stone? Perhaps for now.
Are you there to make a difference and work towards building something better? Sometimes you have to pace yourself.
Two completely different people can approach eight hours in two completely different ways. They may also do it differently depending on the culture.
Keep your eye on the prize. Remember the workplace race is sometimes a sprint and sometimes a marathon.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.