At first glance, there appears to be no lack of enemies in the workforce and workplace right now.
First and foremost, of course, is the COVID-19 virus, which has caused the pandemic in which we are currently mired. Then there’s the recession in which we also find ourselves mired and which was also caused by the virus.
And, depending upon your political affiliation and your degree of allegiance to it, people who hold views contrary to your own may also qualify as “enemies.” But let’s put all of that aside for right now and address the true enemy in the workforce and workplace.
That enemy is none other than fear.
Fear can be a debilitating emotion, both in your current job and also when considering plans to explore other employment opportunities. And while the specifics of the each situation are different, the end result is the same: fear holds you back from where you want to go and curtails your professional potential.
Fear in your current job
There is reason to fear the COVID-19 virus. There’s no doubt about that. However, the existence of the virus provides an opportunity for leadership. It provides an opportunity for employees to take a step forward and stand out from their peers.
The virus is not a good reason, nor is it a valid excuse, for not putting forth maximum effort and serving as a model employee. After all, the person who benefits the most from this could be you. This could be the chance you need to catch the eye of management and position yourself for growth within the organization, either at some point this year or in 2021.
Fear in exploring other employment opportunities
This is where fear can really hurt you. The fact of the matter is that there are still employment opportunities in the marketplace. This is especially the case for the top job candidates, those top 5% to 10% whom companies want to hire regardless of the economic conditions that exist in the country. That’s because employers know how true superstars can “move the needle” in terms of their productivity and profitability.
At the very least, you should stay open to opportunity. Specifically, that means being willing to consider a new opportunity before saying “No” to it. This includes being willing to consider an opportunity that is presented to you by an executive recruiter or search consultant.
The true enemy in the workforce and the workplace is not the virus. It’s not the pandemic. It’s not even other people.
The true enemy is fear, and that has always been the case. Your job is to identify it, overcome it, and not let it negatively affect the decisions that you make about your job and your career.
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