Influence Your Own Working Life

Aug 26, 2020

We spend a lot of our time at work. We are looking to thrive and grow in our workplace and in our role, and there are lots we can do ourselves to have a positive influence on our workplace and colleagues. Most of us want to be part of defining our own workday, and there is a big difference between being asked to work overtime and offering to work overtime.
When we are being told how to do our job or get rules and regulations, we feel boxed in. Most of us want as much freedom as possible when shaping our work life. According to Annicken R. Day, founder and chairman of Corporate Spring, we as people (and employees) primarily want five things:

  1. We want to do things that make sense
  2. We want to be part of something bigger than ourselves
  3. We want to be able to influence
  4. We want to be able to make a difference
  5. We want to learn, and develop

Many of these points can facilitate a better working day for employees and businesses, and these will in turn affect our performance. Where we feel that we are contributing and being seen, we will flourish and become even better.

In addition, there is another important point to be made; how we behave ourselves. We have a responsibility as colleagues and co-workers to make work life the very best for ourselves and others. We can choose how the day will be and how we should behave towards colleagues and customers. We can also choose how the working day starts. I call it attitude. Your daily attitude is important for both your own and others' well-being in the workplace.

The book FISH by Stephen Lundin, Harry Paul and John Christensen, provides good advice on how to "boost morale and improve results." The book tells an easy-to-read story about how to choose for yourself which attitude you take to the job, the surroundings and life in general. The book provides concrete advice on what can be done.
It also tells real-life stories about people who have had their lives changed by thinking about what learnings the book provides. This is a leadership book that everyone can read, both managers and employees, and in addition it is easily recommended to all levels of the organization.
The result could be that each company makes its own words, or its own job rules for itself and its organization. This is how you set "rules of living" within the company, which everyone then either make together or agrees on later. Thus, this becomes the company's "attitude", and everyone has helped decide what this attitude should be.

Here is the summary directly quoted from the book:

“Our workplace.
As you enter this place of work, please choose to make today a great day. Your colleagues, customers, team members, and you yourself will be thankful. Find ways to play. We can be serious about our work without being serious about ourselves. stay focused on order to be there when your customers and team members most need you. And should you feel your energy lapsing, try this sure-fire remedy: Find someone who needs a helping hand, a word of support, or a good ear – and make their day.”

I encourage everyone to choose their attitude every day before they walk in the door to work in the morning.

 Choose to make today a great day!


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