Sometimes company decisions result in actions that feel like a personal “loss”.
At one point in my career with NCR Corporation, I was the Executive Assistant to the VP of Retail Operations. It was a very prestigious position, and I had a large corner office with glass walls overlooking the rows and rows of cubicles. At least I did until my boss decided that someone more important needed my office. In an instant, I was moved back into a cubicle to make room for another executive.
It was such a dramatic change that everyone in the building stopped by to ask what I had done to deserve such “treatment”. They thought I was being fired. (Actually, I was wondering that, too)
But the only issue in play was a shortage of executive offices. My performance had nothing to do with the office move. The senior staff member was appropriately given the correct office (based on company policy at that time).
- Was it Malicious? (NO)
- Does the company “owe me” a corner office with glass walls? (NO)
How do we cope with personal setbacks? Here are some ideas:
- Remember that I am here to serve the company (not vice versa)
- Swallow your pride and get over yourself. It happens to everyone at some point. You are not being picked on.
- “Play Hurt”. Get back in the game (your work) and keep giving it your very best
- Find a safe place to deal with your feelings…but absolutely not to any co-workers. The company is trusting you to not pollute the office environment.
Since I handled myself appropriately, I was able to be promoted when the next opportunity opened up. If I had acted like a spoiled child, my career would certainly have encountered an early demise.
If you handle setbacks correctly today, you will earn the moral authority to make those tough decisions tomorrow.
Thanks for listening.