Success in the workplace is what we all want to achieve, but getting there requires stamina, strength, and smarts, among a slew of other behaviors and attributes to reach our goals and then some.


As we travel through the alphabet, every letter has an associated term that takes us one step closer to success. We last covered D, E, and F – Detail-oriented, Enthusiasm, and Flexibility, and prior to that, A, B, and C – Ambition, Boldness, and Commitment. Let's add to the growing list and inch closer to success!

Here we'll cover Grateful, Helpful, and Integrity. All three are vital traits for a person to embrace in order to accomplish goals and raise the bar for themselves and those around them, thus leading to progress, prosperity, and success beyond their wildest imagination!

Grateful

Lots of hard work and making it towards goal after goal is no easy feat. Whether you made it on your own or did it with the aid of those around you, being thankful is not only humbling, but will keep you grounded and help you remember where you started and what you're still headed for.

According to Inspiyr, "Many will tell you that hard work and dedication produce success. However, being grateful for your blessings in life is arguably what opens the door to a life of success and prosperity."

Even when you hit a roadblock or things don't go quite as planned, look on the bright side towards what's gone well thus far. As per The Benefits of Positive Thinking, "Being grateful has the power to change your mood almost instantly from negative to positive. Whatever your circumstances, they can always be even more difficult. Think about the fact that they are not so, and look at the positive side of your reality."

Thank those around you, those who helped you get where you are today, and be grateful for your place in life right now. Coming from this perspective will allow you to jump over hurdles and strive for new goals with a positive and purposeful outlook and agenda.

Helpful

When a person is laser-focused on reaching a goal, they may seek out help, but what about what they can do for others? Success is a give and take process, and without a certain level of camaraderie and teamwork, you may not ever reach it.

According to Business Insider, "When you shift your focus off of yourself and onto the people you serve, you set yourself up for success." Inc. adds, "One of the most rewarding things about achieving success is the opportunity to encourage and motivate others. Successful people realize they have the power to help others increase their confidence in themselves. In doing so they create life-long loyalty."

Do unto others… this is always part of a successful person's mantra.

Integrity

According to Inc. "Integrity creates character and defines who you are." Entrepreneur explains, "Integrity means doing the right thing because it is the right thing to do. And that's what makes success."

Follow through with promises and always respect others. Be trustworthy, open, and willing to admit when you've made a mistake along with being thoughtful to forgive others. As Goal Setting Guide notes, "By making the commitment to become a totally honest person, you will be doing more to ensure your success and happiness in life than anything else you can ever do."

Work on these traits if they aren't part of your DNA already. You'll find yourself getting closer and closer to success the more you practice them.

Stay tuned for more A-Z coverage for workplace success.

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Toni Morrison has an anecdote about her first ever job, which was cleaning some neighborhood woman’s house. The young Toni arrived home after work one day and expressed her troubles to her father. But he didn’t provide the sympathy she expected. Instead, he gave her something better — his advice:

“Listen. You don’t live there. You live here. With your people. Go to work. Get your money. And come on home.”

Years later, she wrote about this remarkable experience for the New Yorker and said, in hindsight, this is what she learned:

1. Whatever the work is, do it well—not for the boss but for yourself

2. You make the job; it doesn’t make you

3. Your real life is with us, your family

4. You are not the work you do; you are the person you are

What Morrison so eloquently articulated was setting boundaries. I revisited this piece during the pandemic when working from home ramped up in earnest. Back when work was one of the few things that anchored my day.

Without a physical office, the pandemic shattered the work/life balance for many people. There was no more of that physical separation that Morrison talked about. There is no coming home from work physically. There is no real life to come back to — just a manufactured commute to your laptop in your makeshift home office.

But, par for the course, Gen Z are navigating this boundaryless era using TikTok. While internet gurus promote hustle culture and constant online availability since you’re not getting face time with your managers, there’s a trend in town — “quiet quitting.”


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The trend arose from the depths of the pandemic. Layoffs, salary cuts, and furloughs proved that their employers did not care about their hard-working employees.

The Washington Post dubs quiet quitting as a fresh trem for an old phenomenon: employee disengagement. In many cases, it’s a response to burnout. For much of Gen Z, it’s a way of establishing healthy boundaries in the office and resisting the pressure of the rat race. After all, why work yourself to the bone for a company that just proved it’s ready and willing to let you go?

Despite the term’s negative connotations, Quiet Quitting can provide an empowering shift in thinking for employees.

For far too long, employees have been indoctrinated with a slew of toxic workplace advice. Faced with these old misconceptions and lacking job security or clear paths for advancement, Gen Z is untethering their identities from work.

Quiet quitting — therefore — might be a bit of a misnomer. These employers aren’t completely disengaged. They’re certainly not launching Flight Club-esque sabotage attempts on their employers. NO. Contrary to media panic, Gen Z understands the value of a job — the fickle market they entered ensured that. But they also understand the value of life.

They’re doing what they’re being paid for. Nothing more, nothing less.

According to Chief, a private membership network focused on connecting and supporting women executive leaders, older generations should learn from this approach.

“Gen Z has already endured the largest seismic shifts to the career landscape than any previous generation, having started their careers in the middle of a pandemic that changed office culture forever and a gig economy that makes piecing together work more viable. They’re taking both those realities and therefore demanding more autonomy and flexibility than any other generation.”

Gen Z are less attached to job titles and statuses. They’re more concerned about their lives. Sure, this can lead to problematic outlooks on money and experiences — see the “I can earn my money back” TikTok trend. But it’s better than hustling for no reward. Besides, as some Gen Z-ers put it on TikTok, the office isn’t even a vibe.

“With the ability to work from anywhere and for more than just one place, Gen Z-ers are forging their own paths that don’t rely on old patterns set by previous generations and are redefining what “career success” looks like. Gen Z can take note, as more and more leaders are similarly pursuing multiple income streams of their own through the form of a portfolio career. The way in which work looks like and where it happens is evolving.”

With less single-minded focus on one job, some TikTok business gurus advocate shutting your laptops precisely at 5 pm. And then jump onto your side hustle. Do nails or lashes on the weekend. Become social media managers for your phone. Sell soap on Etsy (again … perhaps not in the Fight Club way).

But this valorization of side hustles is not about hustle culture, either. They say job security isn’t guaranteed. Learning new skills and develop an alternate income stream/s to keep you afloat. Just make sure you’re not left in the lurch. BTW inflation is here. So every little bit helps.

But where do you start? Watching TikToks can only get you so far. Try a course on LinkedIn Learning to sharpen up your skills and learn new ones that you can turn into a verifiable side hustle — or leverage in your job search if quiet quitting leads to … real quitting.

Learn on your own time with bite-sized videos or in-depth courses. Watch them after work, before you clock in, or on your lunch break. Then, after your courses are complete, you’ll have certificates prominently displayed on your profile that prove your skills.