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How to become a mature member of the workplace

- 15/06/2015
How to become a mature member of the workplace

In the workplace, certain psychological issues are bound to occur every now and then and you may have concerns about your own and someone else’s psychological maturity.

The following is a list of the most common immature workplace attitudes – see if any ring a bell.

Staying in your own comfort zone and avoiding confrontation with everybody around you.

You may dislike being disrupted, talking to others, being given directions or actively caring for others around you. Perhaps you just want to stick to your own corner and enjoy your own place. However, you may quickly discover that, when you get used to your comfort zone, you become estranged from the world around you and lose the ability to seize the connections between tasks, relationships with colleagues, and different public opinions which is counterproductive to your success in the workplace.

Having an excessive reverence and hatred for your superiors.

Often new people in the workplace suffer from an excessive reverence for their superiors. This is because these workers are aware that only outstanding employees can be promoted to higher ranks. As a result, they believe that everything their superiors touch is sacred and begin blindly worshipping them and compliantly following every order. Such an immature attitude may have an impact upon a worker’s ability to grow; by blindly revering their superiors, a worker gradually loses their ability to analyze and judge for themselves and they can ultimately end up losing themselves. On the other hand, some people have an inflated sense of their own excellence in comparison to their superiors. This type of person believes that their boss is not all they are cracked up to be – or even that their boss is inferior to them – and as a result will consider their boss’ actions with contempt. What these workers need to understand is that it is not by sheer chance that their boss got to where they are today – there must be reasons for their success. And, regardless of what you may think of them, your boss is still your boss; don’t jeopardize your own prospects just because you cannot manage the relationships with your superiors.

Being either too steady, or not steady enough.

Of course there is nothing wrong with being a steady and sensible employee – however, it is a big mistake to want to do everything at the same pace. There is so much to learn in the workplace, and if you work at too steady a pace, you will find yourself marching on the spot whilst all prospects for promotion walk off into the horizon. On the other hand, not working at a steady pace will make your life in the workplace a disaster; if you try to take on too much at once, you may end up not getting anything done. Working steadily is important, but so is learning new things that will allow you to improve yourself.

shanghai@morganmckinley.com