A common reason given to dismiss people is that they "don't have the right attitude."

What does this mean? What would be looked at by the boss in determining a person's attitude?

What attitudes do you have which could have an effect on the type of job you should do?

CIRCLE those words that apply to you now.
UNDERLINE those words that you would like to apply to you.

My attitude to WORK usually is:

slack, dedicated, disorganised, efficient, keen, effective, ambitious, industrious, innovative, hard working, hyperactive, persistent, uncaring, sincere, academic, practical, responsible, lazy, businesslike, flippant, mature, bored, organised, positive, punctual, reliable, immature, adaptable, negative.

My attitude to my FRIENDS/WORKMATES usually is:

cooperative, cheesed off, aloof, independent, superior, inferior, equal, competitive, thoughtful, sympathetic, inspiring, caring, racist, bored, irritable, protective, helpful, shy, quarrelsome, tolerant, friendly, trusting, polite, moody, pushy, aggressive, supportive, sexist.

My attitude to AUTHORITY usually is:

dependable, rebellious, angry, subservient, scared, eager to please, stubborn, loyal, crawler, cautious, suspicious, happy, argumentative, sneaky, open, assertive, passive, aggressive, tolerant, proud, cynical.

What do your answers to these exercises indicate to you, about you?

Attitudes can easily be seen in our BODY LANGUAGE.

Such things as facial expression, posture, eye contact, touch, and gestures can give others an idea of what we feel about some issue.

Imagine three different people - one keen, one average, and one who couldn't care less-and without speaking. Try to act out how their attitudes would come across at work.

What effect does it have on your work, and on yourself, when you feel:
bored, conscientious, angry, competitive

Do you think that the TYPE of job you were doing would affect your attitude to it? Why?

What possible effect would these other things have on your attitudes to your job:
  • length of time at job
  • workmates
  • pay
  • your love life
  • your financial and or family commitments
  • your health

Are different attitudes needed for different jobs? If so, can you name some examples.

A useful indicator of what job might suit you, lies with your abilities and interests.

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