The following excerpt is from my latest career column for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. See the whole article here.
As a career coach, I often hear about jobs gone bad. I often hear reasons like, “The boss and I didn’t get along,” “The work team was dysfunctional,” “The expectations of the role kept changing,” “I’d been in the same position for five years and couldn’t get promoted,” or “New leadership came in and cleaned house.”
What do all of these common circumstances have in common? Career currency. You either have enough or you don’t — and if you don’t, you aren’t going to be happy.
Career currency is based on the actions and attitudes that get rewarded in your workplace. It’s similar to when you were a kid playing sports, knowing what had to be done to get in the coach’s good graces. Some coaches rewarded good defense, others hustle. We learned quickly that if we wanted more playing time, we had to know what the coach valued, and excel in that area to score playing time.
Work relationships with managers is not that different. Career currency is often built around a set of expectations set by managers and directors. Deliver on them and you’ll be rewarded.
So, the question is, how can you effectively figure out your workplace’s corporate culture rewards as career currency, resulting in professional success? Read the rest of the column here.