Written By: Paul VanderGriendt, Event Management Coordinator
Mentorship Session Diary. Entry 08
Integration into the workforce will inevitably come with its challenges and obstacles. Every workplace has its own culture and leadership style, but that does not always mean it is good. A toxic work environment or poor leader can be demotivating and stressful, while building the confidence and resilience to overcome barriers at work takes time and effort. We all want to find success and fulfilment in the long term, so it is essential for us to sometimes think about the big picture and what is good for us as individuals..
Respect is a cornerstone in the workplace when interacting with authority figures, teammates, and coworkers. Regardless of a positive or negative culture, starting with respect for others will get us off on the right foot. Effective communication is how we can maintain awareness of our environment and make our voices heard. Holding ourselves accountable at work is crucial, but so is holding those around us accountable so that respect goes both ways. Sometimes being assertive and advocating for yourself is necessary to ensure a positive outcome. We should all make the effort to contribute and be part of the team, while always prioritizing our own mental health and well-being. Always consider if the situation you are in is right for you, or if you need to move on to find true success.