The point being though, in most cases the tone of our voice is actually the real answer. People around you will be able to determine if you are in a state of happiness or not. Focusing more on the workplace moving forward, your co-workers will be able to determine if you really want to be at work or not. Even if you tried to hide the “real answer”, the reality is it won’t be hidden from your colleagues.
So why are we talking about this today. What is the purpose of this post?
From a recruitment point of view, it’s an important topic: Self awareness and being positive!
Negativity brings you down in all sorts of ways. In fact the nature of negativity is it actually gets worse and makes you feel more affected by it, breaking your self-esteem, trust and confidence. Issues seem more escalated than they really are, and unfortunately, if another opportunity or “door opens” for you, the likelihood is you won’t recognise it.
Being positive as we all know it, has the opposite effect. Our health is better, we cope better with stress, our days at work generally go quicker, our day to day language becomes more positive, we create relationships and existing relationships improve (both at work and in personal life).
Being positive means we see success in everything, we recognise other opportunities and we believe that “when one door closes another opens”.
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.” -Willie Nelson
In most cases our first point of contact with people looking for work is usually through a telephone conversation. Reasonably quickly we are able to determine if the candidate is of a positive or a negative nature at that point of time based on the tone of their voice, not necessarily by their answers provided.
This then leads to us thinking if the candidate is actually suitable for the role, is she/he a “right fit” for the role. If the positiveness is not showing, the drive and enthusiasm is not there, then how will they present during a client interview? Do clients want staff to be positive or negative? The answer of course is positive! The tone of your voice will actually tell us your attitude towards work and life!
There are a few points you may argue about here, but one in particular may be around working in a negative environment.
In this scenario, few questions come up, and these are similar to what we (as in our internal consultants within Recruit & Deliver) ask our candidates:
However, the answers to these questions could be biased as usually if a person is in a negative mindset to begin with, the answers will generally be of a negative nature and to them, others within the company are also feeling the same way!
So then we start asking questions along the lines off:
Usually though by this time, most candidates (not all) who haven’t made too much attempt to work within themselves and therefore their own state of mine and emotional drives have a “light bulb” moment. We usually finish the conversation and encourage them to reflect on our discussions and to get in contact with us again the next day.
Are we potentially letting go of a good candidate?
The other side of this is after the candidate has undergone the process of “self check”, if the candidate is sure about their profession and are happy with the work that they do, when the candidate goes back to their current role and genuinely tries to improve themselves from within and/or attempts to take actions to rectify the situation, things normally change for them for the better.
1. Either they realise that it’s actually not as bad as it seems or;
2. Now that they have tried, their mindset is probably at a better state. So even if it is the environment that’s causing the negativity, internally the candidate will know she/he has done everything to improve the situation...no regrets, just time to move on!
So, before you arrive at work, or take a phone call from a recruitment agent/prospective employer, perform a “self check”. If you’re feeling down, negative, it’s important to bounce back up real quick. There are plenty of articles and posts around about how to be positive and happy (just generally and even at work!) hence we will not go into it in this post.
The journey of “life” as we all know it will have us in different emotional stages and mindsets. We all want to be happy! The purpose of this post was to remind job seekers to always be positive, and therefore always do a “self check” on yourself.
A quote to finish off from Dalai Lama - “Happiness is not something ready made, it comes from your actions.”
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