How to CHANGE your ATTITUDE at work
The type of attitude you have at work plays an important role in your productivity and job performance. A positive attitude is conducive to your occupational success, while a negative attitude is counter-productive. Therefore, if you do not have a positive attitude towards work, you may want to consider an attitude change in order to improve your work experience. Follow these suggestions for how to change attitude at work.
- Identify the causes behind your undesirable attitude. You may find that some of the things that are affecting your attitude in a negative way are things that you can change.
- Make necessary changes. Once you figure out what is causing your counter-productive attitude, determine what you can do to remedy those causes. For example, if you find that your attitude suffers because you feel tired most of the day, then a simple way to counteract that would be to get more sleep at night, or to learn how to take power naps during your lunch and break times. If your work is not challenging enough, then you may change attitude by taking on some new tasks
- Focus on a positive mindset. It is important that you approach work with a realistic mental image of what your relationship with your work should be. (i). Accept the fact that certain tasks associated with your job may be less fulfilling than others. (ii). Recognize that a lack of motivation does not mean that you cannot complete your tasks. Rather, it means that you would prefer not to. You must acknowledge that an attitude change is your own responsibility, and something that you must proactively work toward. (iii). Avoid comparing yourself to others who seem to enjoy the parts of their jobs that you don't enjoy, as this will only make you feel insufficient. Remember, it is likely that your coworkers dislike parts of their jobs that you actually enjoy.
- Set realistic goals for yourself. Take your strengths and weaknesses into account, and focus on accomplishing your tasks in a way that is tailored to your personal work style. Working towards goals and seeing them come to fruition is a natural and productive way to change your attitude on the job for the better.
- Ask to work with someone who inspires you. If there is a person in your workplace who has a good attitude, you could learn a lot by spending some time working alongside that person.
- Request to speak with a supervisor. Explain that you have identified some ways in which you would like to improve your productivity at work. Ask for suggestions regarding how you may change your attitude for the better. When you involve your supervisor, you not only improve that relationship, but you also assert yourself as someone who takes your job and performance seriously, which can reap positive job-related benefits and further contribute to a positive attitude.
- Reassign tasks that you feel undermine your ability to have a positive attitude at work. If possible, alter your responsibilities so that they are more in line with your strengths and occupational goals, and delegate the responsibilities you are less compatible with to a willing coworker