Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Have you been labeled at work? Here's the remedy!

[h/t TechRepublic]

Labels, they're everywhere and aren't leaving anytime soon; like that obsessive friend of yours that needs more work than the Federal Government's budget, labels will stick with you even when you don't want it. So, the question is, how do you get rid of your label? Maybe you've been falsely labeled, it's possible. If you've been labeled as a good worker, great, but if you've been labeled as a bad worker, that's not so great (fail).

Here is a list from Toni Bowers on how to deal with the label that you've been given.

"If the label is bad, it’s very hard to get rid of. At work, it can cost you business opportunities and job promotions. Here are some ways suggested by eHow on how to deal once you suspect you have inadvertently earned a label at work:

  1. Assess the substance of the bad reputation. Is there any truth to it? Or are you the victim of jealousy or whiners?
  2. Seek a second or third opinion from trusted colleagues to determine if there is any validity to your bad reputation.
  3. Reconsider your managerial style if you are in a position of leadership. Could you make subtle changes? Are you a good communicator and listener? Do you give clear instructions? Are raises overdue?
  4. If you determine that you need to improve a personal attribute, make a commitment to yourself to change your ways. Perform one act every single day that counteracts your bad reputation."
This post is from the Career Management blog at TechRepublic.

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