I abhor victimhood.
Sadly, far too many people embrace it, both in their workplace and the way they live their lives.
Two Sundays ago, I saw Reese Witherspoon interviewed on CBS News Sunday Morning and was so impressed with her approach to work and life:
“I am my own lottery ticket.”
Reese’s quote and choice really resonated with me and was/is especially impressive given the fact that Reese was sexually assaulted by a movie director when she was 16 years old.
Let’s look at how this relates to the two top statistical drivers of Employee Engagement: Recognition and Career Development.
Let’s say your Manager rarely or never recognizes your good work. Do you choose victimhood by saying “Woe is me, my boss never recognizes me,” or instead, go to your boss with a list of everything you accomplished each week and getting your recognition?
“My boss has never talked to me about my career path hear.” Will you choose victimhood or instead, recognize that nearly every boss would not want to hear “I want to be the most engaged and loyal employee here, and as such, can we set up a meeting to discuss my performance and future career path here?”
Great employees and great Managers eschew victimhood and instead seize the opportunity to control their workplace and personal life.
Here are two educational videos on Recognition and Building A Magnetic Culture: