Today’s workplace is increasingly diverse. In a multicultural context, you may experience confusion or or hurt feelings when experiencing words or behaviours that seem different from your own. There are some key differences between culture, personality and performance issues at work. It helps to avoid misunderstanding when you can read and respond appropriately to each.
Staying stuck and feeling trapped is not your only option when you are unhappy in your work. You also know that to move out of your current rut will take some courage on your part. The way to find courage and lose your fear to act is to think about who would benefit from your courageous action.
Bosses can be difficult to read and communicate with. The temptation is to assign blame or participate in gossip – but neither of those behaviours help either in the short or long term. So if you are dealing with a difficult boss or suspect you may be one, this is for you!
It is no secret that many workplaces make it difficult to speak up or to show your worth. Decision-makers have biases that interfere with seeing their employees for who they really are. Does that mean you should keep your head down and secretly hope to get noticed? Absolutely not! Learn to focus on strategies that gets you noticed and have your voice heard in a way that will advance rather than disadvantage your career growth.
Knowing how to launch, develop and pivot your engineering/geoscience career is essential in today’s volatile economy. We know that most people will have between 4-5 career shifts during their working life. Whatever the shift required to respond to the changing economic realities, there are certain career building and maintenance skills you need to be successful.
Learn how to identify and avoid typical workplace communications traps with people from a variety of cultures and generations. Get from “yes boss” to “these are the steps I took to solve the problem” by making sure you pick up on the right clues, ask the right questions and use the right process to check for understanding.