Sitting in the airplane seat and hearing the pilot’s voice over the radio say, “There is an active tornado at our destination,” sent a shiver of panic through my body. Now, if my destination meant several hours of flying, I wouldn’t have been so worried, but the destination was only an hour plane ride away. What would this mean? How rough would the flight be? Would we even be able to land? Would I be safe?
With all these questions quickly filling my mind, the plane took off and our flight was underway with the outcome yet to be known. Well, since I’m writing this column today, we landed safely, despite more turbulence than I prefer, but the pilot did the best he could do to avoid the storm.
This experience reminded me of the storm one can encounter in the workplace. Just like preparing to go on a trip, starting a new day at work brings excitement for what you can accomplish and the goals you hope to achieve. You enter the workplace filled with enthusiasm, a to do list to accomplish or sales goals to meet, but your day shifts when you experience stormy weather.
What is stormy weather in the workplace? To me, it’s the attitudes of co-workers that can change your day as fast as the pilot changed my excitement for my upcoming flight. Co-workers who bring baggage to the workplace, stifle open communication and teamwork can make one’s day unexpectedly stormy. The ripple effect of an unprofessional attitude can do damage in the workplace like a tornado can do on the ground.
The potential for strong teams, a positive work environment and satisfaction in the workplace is determined by the attitudes of those around you and your own attitude. As a leader what type of attitude are you bringing and representing in the workplace? Are there steps you should take to be more positive, be a part of the team, carry your load and offer to go above, and beyond when needed? Could you be the stormy weather impacting others?
This summer set the goal to bring calm weather with a positive attitude with you to work each and everyday and notice how this can influence those around you and how it will encourage others to do the same.
Until next time.
(photo by B. Lynn Gordon)