Uncertainty In The Workplace

Uncertainty In The Workplace

In the present day job market, it is natural for employees to fear uncertainty in the workplace.  Often times, this fright stems from ones fear of tension with your boss, not receiving a promotion, or not being yourself at work. Overcoming the obstacles that occur in the workplace allows you to reconsider your worrisome thoughts and reevaluate your fearful mindset in order to focus on the goal at hand.  This allows an employee to take action and implement professional goal setting.  In addition, it allows you to practice “strategic focus to avoid being distracted by adversity and an environment you cannot control” (Llopis, 2013).  With regard to the uncertainty that occurs in the workplace, the most beneficial way to journey past adversity is by being attentive of the great opportunities that still exist with an optimistic perspective.

As one challenges the insecurity that occurs in most work environments and the fear that hinders them from experiencing their full potential, listed below are four ways to move past the fear that occurs in the workplace:

Feeling that you cannot be yourself

People naturally want their individuality and character to be accepted by others.  Consequently, if an employee feels as though they cannot be themselves at work, they will in return believe that they are incapable of their full work potential.  How does valuing yourself enlighten others about your distinctive characteristics?

In order to truly move past this fear, one must interpret their individuality as a foundation for strength rather than a weakness.  Others are more likely to seize your individuality if you make it known that your uniqueness has significance.  Everyone should personally determine the qualities they feel sets them apart from the crowd.  Once you identify these things that make you a unique individual, inspire yourself to create.  “People often assume that if you allow others to define how you are, you will forever be misrepresented and thus trapped in the shadows of a mistaken identity” (Llopis,2013).

Work towards creating a work environment that encourages diversity and individuality in order to bring people together to accomplish a common goal.

Hidden Agendas

Employees often times feel that their colleagues have their own hidden agenda which may cause a loss to their drive.  Differences in the work place always occurs, but it’s how you react towards these differences that will separate you from your colleagues.  Separating yourself from negativity will set the tone for others and create value for the workplace.

When you begin to experience fear from the hidden agendas of others, you must remove the unstable mindset and surround yourself with those who challenge you to succeed while exceeding those who attempt to negatively impact your work experience. “Never fear your competitors and get to know them better along the way” (Llopis,2013).

If you live up to the things that make you distinct such as your personal brand, you will have a competitive advantage over those who in fact have a hidden agenda in the workplace.

Hidden Agenda in HR

Losing your job/Not getting promoted

Do you play it safe and refuse to take calculated risk in fear that you may lose your job? If you remain applicable with your job by working to your full potential, you can relieve this fear by simply working hard. If you provide consecutive value to the work that’s been allocated to you, you will boost your worth and value for the company.

Typically, employees feel more secure when they are being instructed on what they should do. In today’s work culture, companies are capitalizing on people who can do more with less.  People can no longer get promoted off of strictly completing the task that have been assigned to them.  One must provide inventive ways to yield viable results.

“Fear is a by-product of unfavorable circumstances and the value that you failed to create yourself” (Llopis,2013).  Your fortune should not be hindered from your fear of losing your job.  Yes, everyone can be replaced, but if you believe that you can provide positive contributions, it will be tough for the company to replace you.

Your boss

The majority of people have dealt or will deal with a crude boss in their working career.  The majority of their crude habits stem from their inability to properly manage people forcing them to over compensate.

The environment of the workplace changes when your boss believes that you have their back.  This will in return allow them to open up to you showing their vulnerabilities. If you can determine these vulnerabilities, you can support them, building a close knit relationship.  One of DATIS’ recent articles, 7 Tips to develop Top Talent & Improve Retention, provides tips bosses can use to develop their employees so that they may lead their workforce.  These tips provided can also be used by employees who seek to build trust with their boss so that they may better lead your workforce.  This will relieve fear and with promote an affirmative work experience.

Steer around adversity and concentrate on ways to provide a solution for the fears possessed in the workplace.  “Getting past uncertain times is an unwritten part of the job description” (Llopis,2013).  In order to fully succeed in a work environment, you must have a great vision.  Having a great vision allows you to focus on your goals despite unexpected events, hostile circumstances, and the insecurity of what others might do. Adversity truly exposes a person for who they are.  Rise above and succeed.

This DATIS Blog was written by Italia Woodson, DATIS, on March 5, 2014 and may not be re-posted without permission

Llopis, G. (2013, June 24). Getting Past 4 Common Workplace Fears – Forbes. Retrieved February 20, 2013, from http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2013/06/24/getting-past-4-common-workplace-fears/.

Written by Italia Woodson

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