A change did not turn out as well as you thought it would and now your joy at work is impacted.
It could be that your team has been restructured and you’ve ended up in a team you have no desire to work with
Or new management has arrived and created changes that don’t work for you.
Maybe you’ve missed out on a promotion.
Or that your once peer is now your manager.
The list is endless because stuff happens all the time.
And you get angry and bitter…that reaction is quite normal.
What matters is how you deal with these very emotionally charged changes.
If you choose to stay or absolutely cannot leave, how do you exhibit consistent values and professional character no matter what. How do you guard your personal brand and professional reputation when you are angry, bitter or frustrated at work?
Here are some tips to help you protect your personal brand through the turmoil.
Vent, then move on quickly
Emotions need to be released. Without a doubt, you need to be able to process your negative feeling towards the situation.
However, limit the time it takes to move on and limit the number of people you confide in.
Remember what you focus on expands so if you dwell on your painful circumstances, you get more pain.
Make your own plan for where you want to be and start working on it
Will you go or will you stay?
Appreciate what you have gained so far and move on to greater things…those things that you want for yourself. Not what someone else has decided for you.
In most cases you’re still in control and you still have a choice – stay or leave.
If you plan to leave, then develop a calculated exit strategy that leaves your reputation intact as you move on.
If you’ve slipped, admit it and apologise
Lost your cool in a meeting due to all this pressure?
Admit it, apologise and guard yourself against making the same mistake again. There is no need to damage your reputation even further.
If you chose to stay during unfavourable circumstances, have the strength of character to stand tall, live your values no matter what inner turmoil your current work situation is putting you through.
In other words, find the resolve to deal with your circumstances without diminishing your credibility.
Remember the world is now very small
Six degrees of separation is a myth and news travels really fast. A bad reputation can follow you around and can be hard to shake off.
So…protect your reputation no matter what!