Positive Work Behaviour - The Need at the Time of Threat


Dr. Radhika Krishnamoorthy
Asst. Prof & Head
Dept. of English
Prathyusha Institute of Technology & Management

Economic recession, global slowdown, abrupt and painful career terminations, salary cuts ...  This stark, dismal scenario is unfortunately, not a figment of imagination or a phantom of fear. It was something very real and tangible, feared and faced by many a professional in the recent past.  The euphoria of having landed in good jobs with five digit salaries and innumerable perks and a feeling of "I have it all", once, not so long ago, belonged to many professionals. Conservative economists and HR people did warn of the danger of the burst of the 'bubble of joy' in the field of international job opportunities, but this warning went in vain. Tragedy struck, and how!  Euphoric people now are full of 'termination' and 'redundancy' woes.

The painstaking process of grooming oneself to become successful in interviews did yield fruit in the form of good jobs all over the global village. But then, having had to face the deadly blows of 'termination' or 'redundancy', the painful process of regaining a job and sustaining one's self in the profession by retaining the job has become a great challenge. This 'job sustenance' is of great significance, for this is not the pain of not having a job – where, in such cases the 'hope' and probability of 'finding a good job' has a spark to it , ready to become flames of success - but the challenge of holding on to what is already in possession –one's 'success' and 'achievement'.  There is also the looming threat of losing face, losing confidence, losing a marriage, losing friends, losing a house… the list can go on.  We cannot forget easily, the tragedies of such distressed youngsters resorting to desperate face-saving measures.

Questions like, "Will I be dumped?" "Will I be next?" "Will my salary be cut?"  "Won't they spare me?" "When the persons who joined along with me have been retained, why have I been dumped?"  "Why me?" "What is it that the others have done that I have not done?"  plagued the minds of many, in the recent past.

Now, the atmosphere is sanguine; fresh starts are in the offing; the job scenario looks promising. The questions that should now be in the minds of job seekers – both fresh and experienced – are slightly different from those that they sought answers for, a couple of years before: "How can I retain my present job?" "What can I do, to climb further up the ladder?" "How do I become indispensable?" "How can I become a successful professional?"

Well. The scene may appear tough and challenging, strong and thwarting. But salvation is not as futile or as unattainable as it appears. The way out of this quagmire is, maybe, to do a bit of introspection, analyse one's achievements and failures, find out one's strengths and weaknesses, learn about the lurking or evident challenges that will accost one in the scenario and equip oneself accordingly, to face these challenges and surface successfully.

Such introspection will definitely reveal that at the root of success, lies 'Positive Work Behaviour'.

'Positive work behaviour' is not an isolated term. It is an umbrella, which has under it, a plethora of behavioural requisites, each one of which is a major contributor to success stories in any field of work. Once the spirit of this positive work behaviour is savoured and abided by, sustenance in any given field can well be assured.

The essence or the ABC's of Positive Work Behaviour are listed below:

  • Act: Don't just be a talker. Be a performer.
  • Be bold: Try what others simply won't do. This sets you apart from them.
  • Choose confidence and calmness as your constant companions.
  • Dare to do things differently and become a winner.
  • Employ skills that will prompt you to take up and meet challenging tasks.
  • Feel that every moment is to be fruitfully spent.
  • Guide your juniors along the right path. You'll become much sought after at work.
  • Handle situations with empathy and concern.
  • Intertwine integrity, impeccability and involvement. They are your greatest virtues
  • Judge judiciously, whether to be or not to be.
  • Kill ego and 'I'm holier than thou' attitude. This will endear you to all.
  • Learn to manage time and stress, for these two can otherwise kill. 
  • Never say 'No' to responsibility and never take 'No' for an answer.
  • Orient yourself towards your project, your organization and your goal.
  • Prioritize your work.  Have a work plan and complete work as per the schedule
  • Reason out difference of opinion and be ready to adjust.
  • Say 'No' to office politics and low quality work.                      
  • Think, Live and Work TEAM. Team work and time bound operations are assets. 
  • Use time fruitfully and effectively
  • Value people – be humane and show people that you really care.
  • Win people over with your ideas and readiness to help. 
  • Xenophobia is a big 'No'. Embrace new and foreign things with an open mind!
  • Yoke together intent, action and good sense.
  • Zeal, enthusiasm and passion for your work will make you an asset among your peers.

When such behavioural attributes form part of one's Positive Work Behaviour, he or she becomes an asset to any organization. Any number of such attributes that can make one indispensable in the work place can be added to mean Positive Work Behaviour. Adhering to the dictates of Positive Work Behaviour will make sure that NO organization can think of carrying on without YOU!

Dr. Radhika Krishnamoorthy
Asst. Prof & Head
Dept. of English
Prathyusha Institute of Technology & Management

Source: E-mail September 10, 2011


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