My boss called me in to his office the other day. He told me that he thought my “attitude” lately had been getting in the way of me doing my job well. I resented this very much and I want to know what I should do. A lot is going on in my personal life right now, and I may not be the happiest person all the time, but I still manage to get to work everyday, and I try to do my job the best I can. I think my personal life is none of his business. What do you think?
I think you need to reaccess your situation more honestly. If you are bringing your personal life, feelings, and emotions into the workplace then YOU are the one who is making it your boss’s business. Attitudes, whether positive or negative, are very contagious and can have an amazing impact on your colleagues, your customers and your productivity…and it is your boss’s job to notice those changes. People often underestimate the power their attitudes and behaviors have on the overall health of an organization and it’s future success. Your co-workers have problems of their own and should not have to deal with yours. Your customers deserve your total support and attention. You, yourself, would benefit more if you took a mental break from your problems and focused on doing a great job. A great motivator when life isn’t going as planned in one area of our life, is to take control and make sure we are as successful as possible in other areas of our life. So instead of resenting that your boss simply pointed out what was true, turn his perception around and prove him wrong. Show him that your attitude and performance is not determined by events outside of work.