I think it’s perfect that Labor Day falls on a Monday. What better holiday to talk about power moves than today? So today’s Power Move is going to be a little harsh and a little hard to swallow for some. But it has to be said.
In Luke 4:24, it says, “You are not going to be a prophet in your own house.” If your great ideas continue to fall on deaf ears…if you’re leaving work feeling stressed and ill…if you are truly under-appreciated, under-valued and under-paid, LEAVE. Stop complaining about it. Stop being passive aggressive to those who like their jobs. And Go! You have talent. You have skill. You have moxie. Do not allow yourself to be taken advantage of. Do not allow yourself to have medical bills on account of a job, a boss or a co-worker. MOVE ON!
According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time workers spend an average of 8.6 hours at work per day. Do the math. That is over 1/3 of our days. We sleep the other 1/3, if we’re lucky. And what of the last third of your day? Well that depends on whether or not you have a family, significant other, a second job, care-taking duties, volunteer work and the list goes on. It’s the one-third of the day where we try to be happy. My point? We spend way too much of our days at a job to be unhappy, unsatisfied and unappreciated.
 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, The Economics Daily, Time spent working by full- and part-time status, gender, and location in 2014 on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2015/time-spent-working-by-full-and-part-time-status-gender-and-location-in-2014.htm (visited September 03, 2017).
I know that we get a lot of reports and news about how unemployment is up. But when I check the employment and company HR sites, there is work out there to be had. Skilled work is available. Yes, we need to be better prepared to take those jobs! But formal education is only a small part of that preparation, if needed at all. Essential skills like communication, critical thinking, civility, leadership and teamwork are not usually learned in a classroom. Take a serious look at which of these skills you might be missing and read a book or watch a webinar or hit a live seminar to educate yourself on how to improve these skills. And remember to check your grammar and spelling on your resume and cover letter. Sometimes it’s in the details.
Ok, so back to my point. I read an article in Forbes by John Brubaker, author of The Coach Approach, entitled “Can you ever be a prophet in your own land?” And the answer is like Luke said in the Bible….NO! He said two things in this article that make sense to me as it relates to today’s power move:
1.The law of familiarity refers to the fact that if you’re around anything or anyone long enough you tend to take it – or them – for granted. You’re less excited about what’s familiar to you. Familiarity can breed fondness, but more often, it breeds contempt. The power players at your job are too familiar with you.
2. You’re either talented or not, qualified or not and you can either deliver the goods or not. However, human beings are not logical or rational decision makers, we are emotional decision makers. So, instead of fighting to change someone’s perception of you, work from the outside in and find a new set of colleagues and a new boss who will appreciate what you have to offer. Better yet, hang up your own shingle and work for yourself! You’re the expert remember?
Finally, I want to offer a third reflection. Comfortable is a four-letter word. If someone asks you, “Hey, why don’t you just leave if you’re so miserable?” And you’re answer is “Because I’m comfortable.” You signed your own walking papers. When you’re comfortable, you don’t take advantage of opportunities to learn and grow. When you’re comfortable, you think you know it all and you think you can do it better than your boss or your colleagues. When you’re comfortable, you’re not as creative. When you’re comfortable, it’s time to go!
So today’s power move, in case you missed it…If you’re too comfortable at work, leave. If you hate it, leave. If you are not getting what you believe you are worth financially or intellectually, leave. Trust me it’s the best power move there is out there. You’re not going to be a prophet in your own land. There are bigger territories to conquer.
#powermovemonday #solutionsnotresolutions You got this!