Manage your own morale

Over the years, we’ve been led to believe that “management” is accountable for all employee morale. Letting someone else have the responsibility of keeping you happy and cheerful at work could be construed as a clever move - it may even be possible to justify on occasions, as organizations can treat people unfairly and some managers are unable to provide positive feedback and praise when it is fully justified.

As in any fast-evolving environment, difficult decisions need to be made and companies can be forced into tight corners on issues. Things have to be done that may be hard to accept, but this doesn’t automatically mean the people in charge carry the complete burden of responsibility to give everyone a positive attitude.

On occasions, there may be the “grieving” or “getting over a bitter disappointment” time which is not only totally natural, but also a necessary part of the recovery process. However, don’t lick your wounds throughout the rest of your career - you’ll need to get over it at some stage, preferably sooner rather than later.

But if you put someone else in charge of your own morale, you are disempowering yourself; instead, make sure you’re in charge of your own “attitude control” button. Organizations want employees who not only cope with change without breaking stride, but positively thrive on it. Rapid change guarantees that almost everyone will be able to cite examples of being hard done by, but it’s your choice if you decide to be bitter about it or take the punch and rise above it.

At the end of the day, what’s best for your career? Ideally, you’ll accept change as an exercise that, though sometimes painful, helps you build more emotional muscle.