Although everyone is being challenged to some degree in today’s economy, I have noticed that some people are struggling more than others. Here are the folks, in particular, that I see struggling …
I’m not talking about online social networks and such. I’m talking about folks who have not spent the time or effort to manage relationships with peers, their boss, with others across departments, across agencies. They’ve essentially isolated themselves. This is a serious deficient during tough times. One way to manage anxiety during turbulent times is to have access to reliable information.
I hear things like “it’s just not right” or “they don’t know what’s going on” or “it shouldn’t be like this.” I call these people the idealistic. What happens is they give themselves permission to not cooperate, to even aggravate others because they feel they are on the higher moral ground. At work, feeling or being right doesn’t translate into success; solving problems does.
The technology resistors
Technology has automated, innovated or outsourced many job tasks and functions. If technology can solve a work or business problem, it will. Because it is less expensive than people over the long term. Resisting technology is a lost cause [but I’m speaking to the choir on this one since you belong to govloop :~)].
The learned helpless
Learned helplessness is the “give-up reflex.” People learn to give up when they perceive or experience no control over repeated bad events. I see this a lot in organizations with long tenured staff. This can be quite tricky in economic downturns. People who have learned to be helpless have little resistance to adverse situations; so things move downhill quickly. These folks probably get easily sucked into conversations about how bad things are, and generally just check out.
These are the folks I get most concerned about because hiding or going on on-the-job retirement, is a sure fire way to lose your job. Now’s NOT the time to think you can outfox your boss or management.