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Why I am Rocking My Rose-Colored Glasses
If you find yourself feeling negatively about your work environment, you may not be able to change your situation, but you can change your perspective.  We each have our own unique perspective and no one can truly understand what it's like to view the world through the eyes of another. It is the reason two children can grow up in the same household and glean such different lessons from the experience.  It is the reason why some people triumph over great tragedy or trauma.  They perceive themselves as strong overcomers!  While others perceived themselves to be doomed to a life of misfortune.
It is also the reason why two employees can work in the same environment and have such opposing attitudes about their workplace.  As a Human Resources professional, I observe these opposing perspectives often.  One person perceives a change in management as a bright new start.  Another perceives the change as signaling job instability and thinks about whether it’s time to look for a more stable work environment.
We are attached to our perspective.  It is our truth!  We even find people to affirm us.  We form perspective affirming work cliques!  We side with those who have the same views, and avoid those who have an opposite view.  Those who have similar views, reinforce our perspective and make us feel more secure, confirming that our view is accurate.  People with opposing views challenge our perspective and make us feel unsure of ourselves and uncomfortable.   
We boldly act based on these perceived truths.  Like the employee in my previous example who starts applying for jobs after the management change, which he perceived to signal an unstable work environment.
Perspective can seem really difficult to alter, but, good news, it is a choice!  It requires the decision to stop and bravely ask "What if there was another way of looking at this situation?” 
If you are feeling negative about your current work situation, what if you chose to see the positives in your work situation?  We can put on rose-colored glasses and always assume the positive.  How would that change your actions and alter your outcomes?  How would it change the way you feel about your work environment?  How would it impact your work relationships?
On your way home this evening think of the color red.  Notice how all of a sudden all of the red cars stand out, there a red sign you never noticed before, and you notice the red button on your car’s dashboard.  You know this game! 
When you change your perspective, the positives in your situation will become more apparent.  What if you thought like this…
1) The work I do is meaningful!
2) I am in the exact place I am meant to be on my career journey!
3) The people around me want to help me!
Make these 3 perspective altering assumptions and watch your work experience change for the better!
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by Jessica Hollis
Professional Recruiter
All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine

When The Honeymoon Is Over…

Those first 30, 60, 90 days of your new gig really feel like a honeymoon don’t they? You are meeting new people, shaking hands of the executives and getting office furniture setup in your new place….it’s a magical time. 

In fact studies show that this particular stage of a new job is super important and how you “on-board” new employees can make all the difference in retaining them – especially those who you want to retain.

Often times, the honeymoon extends into the first year – that’s a great thing. You are clicking with your co-workers, understanding how the work flow happens and who you need to collaborate with for your initiatives.

At some point though, this honeymoon phase ends.  It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it happened, but you find yourself facing obstacles, rude coworkers and others that seem to generate a sort “drama” that you’re glazed over honeymoon eyes didn't see before.

This is the time when couple of things can happen; You can decide that, wow, this is not what I expected and this fairy tale opportunity has now revealed its ugly head and make your departure; Or you can decide that this is the time when you can really shine and show all the reasons why you were brought in to the organization.  

Choosing the latter for some people is the most difficult. I mean who wants to wage a battle every day to get your work done?

I would suggest that choosing to stay and work with the challenges that you might face is where you will do your best work.  During the honeymoon period, you had the chance to meet those work colleagues that either hold the purse strings to funding projects or are the gateway for approving initiatives.

Now is the time you begin build upon those relationships and with your understanding of how the workflow happens, use that to your advantage working within the parameters given, and launch the ideas and initiatives you talked about during your interview.

Am I suggesting you “work the system?" No, but I am suggesting that now you know how the work gets done, so go do your best work!

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