Recognize What’s Right
Last week we updated our Annoyance List, so this week we want to make a What’s Right List.
Every job will have annoyance but there will also be things we like about our jobs or companies too. It’s important to remember and be grateful for these things.
Make a list of at least 5 things you like about your job or company. Your list might include things like:
1. I like my co-workers, customers, and boss – this might be 3 things.
2. My paycheck allows me to support myself and / or my family.
3. My job challenges me professionally.
4. My commute to work is short.
5. My job makes the world a better place.
BONUS What’s Right List
Most people have at least one co-worker that we are indifferent to at best, or everyone knows there’s a mutual dislike at worst. Make a list of 3 things that you like about that person. I know it might seem impossible, so instead of thinking about your work differences, think about your commonalities even if they are personal.
Consider things like:
1. We both love our pets.
2. We both have kids or grand kids.
3. We both want our team or company to be successful.
4. We both take care of our aging parents.
5. We both went to the same college.
6. We both like to garden.
Then then next time when you are communicating with that person think about the What’s Right List you made about them. Thinking about positive attributes of someone will change your non-verbal communication — things like voice tone, eye contact, and posture.
Some believe our non-verbal communication is as or more important than our actual words. It might take a few conversations, but if you change your communication style, the other person may start mirroring you. You may never be work besties, but with a little effort you may create a work ally.