Before you make a change to your career, job, or company, it’s crucial to understand personal responsibility.
Personal responsbility is being the author of your own life. It means being accountable for your actions, decisions, experiences and outcomes.
Being personally responsible at work, means taking action to address whatever issues come up for you. It means, your job satisfaction is entirely in your hands. By understanding personal responsibility at work, you won’t change jobs just to find yourself facing the same issues in the future.
What gets in the way of personal responsibility at work?
Here are some common factors:
not drivingyour own personal and professional self development
being focused on issues rather than coming up with possible solutions
feeling disempowered, and playing the victim
choosing to be ‘nice’ to your managers and coworkers over being honest with them
fear of ruffling feathers or challenging the status quo
not understanding the company’s big picture and your value in achieving success
How can you get back into the drivers seat at work?
Here are some strategies to bring back personal responsibility to your job:
get curious – if you don’t understand something or have a different point of view, ask questions for clarification and understanding
listen to your managers and coworkers – quiet your mind and really listen to what they are saying, use questions to check for understanding
share your opinions with respect – let your colleagues know you want to find the best way forward, and you have concerns or other possible solutions
use face to face communication often, especially when you first start working with a team so you get to know one another as people and gain more context with intonation and body language
take a break daily – make sure you get up from your desk to move around or go for a walk at lunch to refresh
use the underlying assumption that everyone is doing their best – coming from this place enables communication and empowers others to live into that belief
let go – if there is a decision out of your control that you do not agree with; voice your concerns, respect the final decision, and let it go
don’t let your ego get involved – your ego will try to make you right and others wrong rather than using teamwork to find the best way forward
drive your own develop – ask for more responsbility, a new project, or to enrol in a course
use your annual leave – longer breaks where you can totally switch off from work are essential for your mental and emotional wellbeing
When you understand how to be more personally responsible at work, you choose your own happiness.
Sometimes implementing the strategies above will enable you to fall in love with your current job, and other times it highlights the need to move on. Either way, you are back in control and you create your experiences now and in the future.