Should you check your attitude?
No room to work with someone with a bad attitude
This came up as the discussion topic at a business leader meeting. Everyone in the room nodded in agreement when Jim, owner of a commercial and residential HVAC company said, “When you look at your staff, at this point in the economic picture, there is no room to work with someone with a bad attitude.”
Ron, a Vice President of IT, agreed, “We have zero tolerance now for someone with a bad attitude.” With successful companies who can afford to expand staff, they look for people who don’t have special needs to correct.
If you are unemployed and interview with a chip on your shoulder, you will not get hired.
Does the economy matter?
Ron noted there are many positions which will remain vacant. Companies now run leaner and wait longer to fill openings. When they do hire, they are going to look at the full picture. This goes beyond whether you can do the tasks assigned to you. The employer wants to know how you communicate with management and with your fellow workers.
When you land the job, remember this is not the cue to start complaining. Forget your whining about management, gossiping about coworkers, grumbling about the customers, complaining about working overtime, or using office time to iron out personal conflicts.
Bring your best game and check your attitude
Bring your best game to the office, store, manufacturing plant, or workplace either as an employee or job applicant. Here are 5 reasons to check your attitude:
- Don’t come to an interview with a chip on your shoulder about a former employer, past customers or your last coworkers. Employers will look at someone who complains as someone who will be complaining about them in the near future.
- Speak positively about work experiences and the value you bring to the workplace and the particular industry.
- Find creative ways to help build positive customer experiences and share them with others. With the challenge of finding new and retaining existing customers, companies want to hire and retain employees who treat their customers well and go the extra mile to make each customer feel special or valued.
- Companies want fewer problems, not more. If you have been using alcohol or drugs to escape from the world, think hard and long about finding resources to help you quit alcohol or substance abuse. Companies that might have had drug or alcohol programs in place before are now more likely to select candidates that have no such issues and also may require drug testing.
- Don’t burn any bridges. Similar to number 1, complaining about former employers, coworkers, or customers always hurts you. Remember, you might need someone from your past to help you in a future position.
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