Maintain Your Professional Attitude Even When Your Job Is Killing You

Stress seems to be par for the course these days when it comes to work. If you're finding yourself needing some additional motivation to survive in your corporate job, the Prolific Living blog suggests changing your perspective.Photo by Kate Ter Haar.

One of the top ways to survive a crappy job is to get some perspective (focus on the positive). For surviving the unique stresses of corporate life, Prolific Living suggests you: stop caring about the inconsequential things (e.g. office gossip), only do the essential "bottom line" tasks, and maintain a professional attitude:

Be professional when you are asking for something, when you are frustrated about something, when you want to complain about something, when you are negotiating and especially when you are sharing disappointing news or change in your plans. Refuse, with all your might, in becoming dark and jaded and cynical. Panic if you see yourself falling into this trap and immediately change it.

Most of all, never lose your conviction about the general goodness of people, no matter what you may have to deal with in your corporate career.

Difficult work situations might test your attitude and general belief in the goodness of people, but if you can maintain a positive attitude, you may find yourself more motivated and able to survive the stresses of corporate life for longer than most (and that would be a big achievement). How do you stay motivated in the corporate world?

The 3 Secrets to Staying Motivated in a Corporate Job [Prolific Living]


Comments

    I just quit a job that involved a boss who yelled at her staff. Who needs the stress? There's always somewhere else to work.

      +1

      I just handed in my resignation today.

      I normally don't care about the yelling and shouting. But really, there is no need for it.

      Off to bigger and better things!

    So, "Bottle it all up inside" is the general message?

    I'd have to disagree with that - as Stephen says; there's always somewhere else to work. Just get out and stack shelves at Coles or something. It's probably a pay cut and boring as nothing else, but it's stress-free.

      Jess - Reality. Reality - this is Jess. I'll go and get a drink while you two get acquainted.

        Unfortunately for me, Reality is that annoying friend who I can't seem to get rid of.

        But seriously, what's wrong with doing that? Which is worse; hating the way you spend half (if not most) of your waking hours, or taking a pay cut?

          The only problem with that option is that once the economy has tanked, unemployment rates are super high, even a minimum wage job is hard to come by. And who reading this article can afford to live on minimum wage?

            Fair enough. Shelf stacking was maybe an extreme example.

            I stand by my general sentiment; Taking a less-stressful job (which generally due to its nature pays less) is much better than putting up with a crappy one.

            Oh, and to answer your question: Everyone here could afford to live on minimum wage if we had to. It'd involve a whole lot of stress all on its own, but it'd be doable.

    I get the very strong impression that people who write these things haven't worked in a support role that basically guarantees you will deal with people who are angry, frustrated, and looking for something/someone to blame for their own inadequacy.

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