When you’re interviewing for a new role, there are a number of things you care about.
Of course, you want the salary you deserve and adequate benefits. You want to know there’s room to grow and develop within the company. And maybe you’re keeping an eye out for some extra perks—like flexible schedule options or tuition reimbursement.
Regardless of what your priorities are, we’re willing to bet that this is on your list somewhere: company culture.
The COVID-19 pandemic brought a lot of unfamiliar concerns along with it. Suddenly our normal, everyday decisions—like whether we should visit a friend or head to the grocery store—have a lot more weight to them.
Beyond wiping down groceries and stocking up on hand sanitizer, many people were saddled with newfound career fears and struggles.
It always starts innocently enough. Maybe you’re in a meeting with some colleagues you don’t regularly interact with. Or perhaps you’re at a networking event or happy hour with some industry acquaintances.
Somebody shakes your hand or offers a friendly wave and says, “It’s really great to meet you.”
Sigh. There’s only one problem: You’ve actually met this person before—maybe even several times.
You have plenty of goals you want to achieve. But, you’ll be the first to admit that you aren’t really making any progress.
Even worse? It feels like you’re being left behind. It’s as if you’re beginning a marathon and everybody else is whizzing past you at record speed—while you remain at the starting line with your feet stuck in the cement.
What gives? How come everybody else seems to be scoring these big wins while you stay in place? Let’s look at a few potential reasons.
This isn’t news to you: It feels like the world has been turned on its head.
Businesses are closing and entire industries are suffering. Schools are shut down for the foreseeable future. Professionals have found themselves working in entirely new environments. Everybody is worried about their own health, as well as the health of their loved ones.
Daily habits and routines have had to shift, and decisions that used to be inconsequential now seem monumentous.
You prefer to have some independent time to process information, while your colleague would rather jump right in and spitball some ideas on the spot.
Your boss’ desk is so organized that it looks like it belongs in an office supply catalog, but yours is usually a collection of papers and half-full coffee mugs.
You thrive in high-pressure situations where you need to think on your feet, and your team member likes to rely on tried and true systems and predictable processes.
You’re starting a brand new job. It’s exciting, but it’s also intimidating.
You barely know how to navigate your way to the office bathroom and back, and you still haven’t found where the coffee filters are hiding. You’re enlisting the help of some mnemonic devices (and some strategically-placed sticky notes) to try to remember everybody’s name.
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