I have one question for you today: What are you creating?
You may say something like, “I’m not the creative type,” or “I don’t create anything at work.”
There are lots of jobs where, on the face of it, you wouldn’t think you create much of anything.
When people think about “creating,” it’s often in the context of producing something: painting a picture, writing a book, building a skyscraper, and so on.
Now, think about it another way.
Every day you go to work, you are helping create an environment, a feeling, an attitude. You are contributing to the creation of the culture of your organization.
Are you supportive of the work being done in your organization or are you a naysayer, creating negativity and spreading ill will?
Are you asking constructive questions and championing projects or constantly sniping at the people making the decisions because you think you know better?
Do you bring a positive attitude and avoid engaging in negative conversations, or are you the office gossip, creating distraction and being counterproductive in your organization?
Are you timely with your projects, or do you drag your feet on a project, missing your deadlines and keeping other people waiting?
Are you helping create a solution or a problem?
It’s easy to look outside yourself for the problem employees in your organization. But it’s not about anyone else. It’s about the role you play in creating the morale in your organization.
The fact of the matter is, every single person in an organization plays a role in creating the environment in which that organization functions—whether through their willingness to participate in the mission of the organization or their role as a negative influence. No one is neutral; you’re either a positive creator or a negative creator.
Here’s the important part: The spirit you bring to the workplace—whether positive or negative—has a major impact on the other kind of creating your organization does. The building, designing, processing, and all other activities that create the products or services your organization provides are directly impacted by the attitude you bring to your job every day.
Whether your organization does well or does poorly is driven by the attitude you bring to it. Yes, that’s true of everyone, but the only person’s attitude you can control is yours—so it doesn’t matter what everyone else is doing.
If your organization isn’t performing well or isn’t a pleasant place to work, look at yourself first. Are you a positive creator or a negative creator? What are you contributing to that negative environment?
This may not be a particularly pleasant exercise, but your organization won’t improve until the individuals in it start taking a hard look at themselves and acknowledge the kind of contribution they’re making to it.