There’s an old saying: “Attitude is everything”. And it’s really true. Did you know that your perspective can actually change your reality? After all, your attitude shows up everywhere: In your words, your tone of voice, even your physical look. And it also guides your actions. Your attitude can certainly impact the way others view you – which, of course, impacts the way they treat you and the opportunities that come your way. Your attitude truly shapes your world.
In a professional environment, it’s especially important to keep a positive attitude. Negativity will brand you quickly. A reputation for being sour and pessimistic won’t get you anywhere. But it takes some serious effort to keep the right attitude. Things won’t always go your way so you have to force it at times. As they say, “Fake it to make it. Be it to see it. Show it to know it.”
Maintaining a positive attitude in the workplace is a challenge but it’s not impossible. It just takes practice.
So, are you presenting the kind of attitude that will help improve your career? Or is your attitude actually hurting your career? Take this quiz and find out!
Review the following statements and pick the answer that describes you best. You may not find an answer that matches your feelings exactly, so just choose the one that’s closest.
1. You have a personality conflict with a superior. Now, whenever that person asks you to do something you:
a) Immediately come up with an excuse about why you can’t do it. After all, you shouldn’t have to do everything.
b) Agree to do it but roll your eyes slightly so she knows you’re annoyed. Later you tell all your co-workers how she’s piling her work on you.
c) Accept the task as you would accept a task from any superior – with confidence and a willing attitude.
2. You ask to take a day off in two weeks because you’re going to have some friends in town. Your boss tells you the timing is bad and you can only take a few hours off at the end of the day. You…
a) Decide to just call in sick that day anyway. You have the sick time; why not use it?
b) Complain to your co-workers and grumble around the office so your boss knows you’re not happy.
c) Graciously accept the offer of a short workday and promise to get everything done before you leave.
3. You’re given an assignment that no one else in the office wants to touch. It’s a real stinker. You…
a) Give it to the intern to do. Why should you waste your time on such things?
b) Do it as quickly as possible, complaining every step of the way. Who cares if it’s right; it’s a waste of time anyway.
c) Accept it as being a part of the job and do it to the best of your ability. Occasionally, everyone has to do tasks they don’t enjoy.
4. Your boss asks you to join her at a conference over the weekend. She thinks it would be a good opportunity for you to learn some new skills and do some networking. You…
a) Let her know that it sounds great but you reserve the weekend for non-work related activities.
b) Accept the offer but make sure she knows it’s very unusual for you to work over the weekend. You don’t want her getting the wrong idea. Before you know it, you’ll be working every weekend.
c) Accept the offer and don’t mention the weekend thing. This is a rare circumstance and you consider it an amazing opportunity.
5. Your boss announces a new staff meeting that will take place during the lunch hour once a month. He will be providing a big catered lunch and it will be a fun, team-building sort of event. You…
a) Go straight to HR. Your lunch hour is protected by the law. They can’t force you to go to meetings on your break!
b) Agree to go but complain to your co-workers that it’s probably going to be cheap pizza and stupid games. What a waste of time!
c) Try to get into the spirit of things and ask if there’s anything you can do to help prepare.
Count the number of A’s, B’s and C’s you have.
If A’s appear most on your list:
Brace yourself – I have some bad news. Your attitude is probably hurting your career. Perhaps you don’t even realize how you appear to others – abrasive, defensive and downright rude at times. Maybe now is a good time to take a step back and evaluate what you want from your career. Do you enjoy what you do? Do you want to grow and develop your skills? If you answered “yes” to these questions, your attitude doesn’t reflect it. In fact, your attitude screams, “I don’t care about my career! I’m better than this!” And how do you think your co-workers and superiors are going to respond to an attitude like that? Admittedly, it’s sometimes difficult to give things a positive spin. It takes serious work at times. But it’s worth the effort. Unfortunately, if you continue on this way, your career will likely be hurt by your attitude. For more help, read this article:
If B’s appear most on your list:
You may not be aware of it, but your attitude is quite passive aggressive. When things get you down, you accept them on the surface but then you do everything you can to make others know how much you don’t like it. Your constant workplace gossip is going to get you in trouble quickly if you don’t cut it out. Complaining and talking behind your boss’s back is just plain unprofessional. Take a step back and look at your actions. Are they projecting the kind of attitude you think will help your career? Remember that gossip is incredibly harmful and unproductive. If you have concerns, bring them up directly with your boss in a calm and professional manner. But before you do that, consider the kind of attitude you’re showing your colleagues. You may have to put some serious effort into repairing your damaged reputation and I can assure you, it will help your career tremendously. For more help, read this article:
If C’s appear most on your list:
Congratulations! Your attitude is likely helping your career! You’ve learned that being positive and upbeat can go a long way in the workplace. It appears you’re committed to presenting a professional attitude at all times – even when things don’t necessarily go your way. Chances are, your colleagues respect and appreciate the way you handle yourself.
Your attitude will help provide you with many more career opportunities in the future. Keep up the great work and you’ll find that your strong reputation will be an enormous professional asset.