by Chris S.
If you haven’t already found it, my guess is you will. It’s been with your company for many years, it’s loved by some and hated by others, but there is no denying its existence. I’m talking about…….
THE CORPORATE HIERARCHY.
The levels to your company that give meaning to rank, power, position, pay, etc. There’s the CEO, President, owner a.k.a. the person at the top. Under that person is a level of managers or directors, and there could be several tiers to management. Throw in a few “Senior” titles for a warm, fuzzy feeling. Finally, below the middle management is the entry level employee.
Since Gen Y employees were born as early as 1980, our oldest member is only about 31. This leads me to think most of us are new or fairly new in our jobs which puts us at or near the bottom. There is nothing wrong with being there, it’s where we get the training to be better employees, managers, or even CEOs ourselves.
Through my last few jobs I have had similar experiences in working with the levels above me, and recently after being promoted working with my own team of staff members. I have seen distinct things trickle-down through the employee ranks at each job: Attitude and Behavior.
When my boss is open to my new ideas and willing to congratulate my hard work I see that as a positive attitude. It makes me want to continue work work hard, and it just makes work feel less like work. However, if my boss comes into the office angry, I can’t seem to shake a bad mood either. Since attitude can trickle-down in the office, be ready to spot the good and the bad.
When my boss is on time daily and quickly responsive to calls and emails, I see those as good habits. They show me that I need to be on time or early, and I am expected to respond as quickly with my work. If my boss can’t manage to keep work and home life separate, I find myself having the same issue. Watch and mimic good work habits, and be ready to spot ones not worth having.
I found a video clip that sums up both of these ideas from Remember the Titans.
Your attitude will reflect your leadership, so be ready for that attitude
to diffuse throughout your office.
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