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After his performance appraisal, a friend of mine came to me and said that he had been slogging for a year yet the management decided to promote someone else instead of him. He went on complaining, not realising that other than lending him an ear, there was not much that I could do.
Most of us have experienced this at one time or another. While it is normal to believe that everything is fair in the corporate world, in reality, it is not the case at all times.
There will be instances when colleagues whom you think are much inferior than you when it comes to productivity may move ahead of you in the corporate hierarchy. Those with lesser skills may get a higher salary on account of their association. Or when the pink slip comes, who your colleague knows matters more than his qualifications and experience.
When things like this happen, complaining is not going to help. It will only make you disillusioned. Change your mindset and the way you react to particular changes. Take everything in the right spirit and move forward in the strong belief that there is more to life than the one you are constantly harping about.
Remember, while you may be at the receiving end today, it will be somebody else at another time. There will be times when you will be treated far better than the others. Appreciate this fact and mentally gear yourself to face the biases when these happen. This way, you will be well equipped to face the challenges when things do not go the way you want them to.
Have the courage to understand that there will be times when situations happen contrary to your expectations. Keeping this realisation in mind will help you face trials in a positive manner.
• Strive to do better and set realistic goals and expectations
• Request for a performance feedback and reframe your ideas
• Hold any negative thoughts and take steps to improve skills
Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink