5 Common Myths In The Workplace

The word myth is defined as an unapproved or false collective belief. How many myths are floating around your place of employment? I could only imagine. In the working world…its important to understand fact and fiction. Your success depends on it. Our beliefs dictate how we act and perform on the job. Our performance impacts our growth, relations and organization. Let’s clear some things up and bust five common myths like bad zit!

Myth #1 There are no emotions in the workplace. Where there are people…there are emotions. Organizations are filled with people who make decisions based on their emotions each day. A manager may angrily pull an employee out of a special project over a disagreement. Perhaps, the employee pulled off the special project was the most qualified to lead efforts. The project diminishes in value because of the manager’s decision. Folks are sometimes guided by their emotions in business.

Myth #2 They don’t need me.  The organization does in fact need you. You are more than just a name on an organizational chart. You add value to your organization. Never believe that the organization doesn’t need or benefit from the work you provide. So, be sure to acquire new skills, engage in work processes, show initiative and deliver your best work.

Myth #3 You can’t trust anyone.  It may be hard to believe…but you can trust within your organization. We build trust through deep communication. Just like a first or second date…never get too deep too soon! Trust is built overtime. You need allies and friends in organizations. Support systems are in place to sustain you. And help you remain sane.

Myth #4 The first one to fold is the weakest. You will have conflicting views, values, perspectives and ideas. Its not a sign of weakness when you are the first to compromise, accommodate, or negotitate. It shows that you are a problem solver and want to reduce conflict.   

Myth #5 You shouldn’t tell your boss about your professional goals. You should be transparent about your career goals. Leaders are responsible for training, shaping, nurturing and coaching employees. Informed leaders can properly groom you for bigger opportunities. Leaders won’t advocate for you if they don’t know you…or don’t think you’re ready for advancement.

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