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Optimism in the Workplace

March 25, 2012

Did you know that your attitude is the primary contributor to your success and potential for promotion in the workplace?  I decided about 10 years ago that I was going to show up for work on time each day, do the best job I could no matter the task, and keep a positive attitude  to the best of my ability mostly because it made work enjoyable and made me feel good about myself.  As I functioned in this way, I also watched the employees around me and what I found out as a result was astonishing!  

Employees that followed a similar positive mindset naturally and with minimal effort, excelled at their jobs.  Not only did other employees look up to these people and count on them, but employers counted on these folks to get the job done and felt confident that it would get done right.  The employees, who roll up their sleeves without ego, reduce worry and stress for their employers and are the first to be considered when promotion is an option. These employees water the grass where they are standing and they don’t care much about being called the boss or janitor but rather, they serve often going the extra mile for the sake of doing a good job. This behavior follows them into all of their life areas and they are assets to whoever is privileged to cross their path.

Others employees grumble through their day doing only completing tasks written on their job descriptions, doing sometimes the minimal tasks required at best, and they often change employers because they have the belief that the grass is greener on the other side, or they stay where they are forever, satisfied with doing as little as possible.  They do not identify that it is through their own behavior that they are stuck, unhappy or unfulfilled at their jobs.  They point the finger at their employers rather than taking personal responsibility for their own circumstances.  They are often overlooked for promotion opportunities because their employers don’t believe they can necessarily count on them to get the job done.  Through their own negativity, these employees limit themselves and their success, not just at work, but in life.

I would love to hear about your  experiences in the workplace and how your attitude has helped or hindered yor success and don’t forget, Optimists Rock!



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Copyright 2012   Robin B. O’Grady


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sara Marez-Fields permalink
    March 27, 2012 4:39 pm

    our attitudes are very contagious. I have to remember this on a daily basis. If I bring a crappy attitude to work I generally set the tone. I ask God to give me strength to fight negativity every morning, so far so good. Reading your blog helps me in more ways than you know, why because its contagious………………………

  2. October 22, 2013 6:53 pm

    Reblogged this on Robin O'Grady.

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