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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Over two years into the most momentous event in our lives the world has changed forever … Some of us have PTSD from being locked up at home, some are living like everything’s going to end tomorrow, and the rest of us are merely trying to get by. When the pandemic hit we entered a perpetual state of vulnerability, but now we’re supposed to return to normal and just get on with our lives.

What does that mean? Packed bars, concerts, and grocery shopping without a mask feel totally strange. We got used to having more rules over our everyday life, considering if we really had to go out or keeping Zooming from our living rooms in threadbare pajama bottoms.

The work-from-home culture changed it all. Initially, companies were skeptical about letting employees work remotely, automatically assuming work output would fall and so would the quality. To the contrary, since March of 2020 productivity has risen by 47%, which says it all. Employees can work from home and still deliver results.

There are a number of reasons why everyone loves the work from home culture. We gained hours weekly that were wasted on public transport, people saved a ton of money, and could work from anywhere in the world. Then there were the obvious reasons like wearing sweats or loungewear all week long and having your pets close by. Come on, whose cat hasn’t done a tap dance on your keyboard in the middle of that All Hands Call!

Working from home grants the freedom to decorate your ‘office’ any way you want. But then people needed a change of environment. Companies began requesting their employees' RTO, thus generating the Hybrid Work Model — a blend of in-person and virtual work arrangements. Prior to 2020, about 20% of employees worked from home, but in the midst of the pandemic, it exploded to around 70%.

Although the number of people working from home increased and people enjoyed their flexibility, politicians started calling for a harder RTW policy. President Joe Biden urges us with, “It’s time for Americans to get back to work and fill our great downtowns again.”

While Boris Johnson said, “Mother Nature does not like working from home.'' It wasn’t surprising that politicians wanted people back at their desks due to the financial impact of working from the office. According to a report in the BBC, US workers spent between $2,000 - $5,000 each year on transport to work before the pandemic.

That’s where the problem lies. The majority of us stopped planning for public transport, takeaway coffee, and fresh work-appropriate outfits. We must reconsider these things now, and our wallets are paying

the price. Gas costs are at an all-time high, making public transport increase their fees; food and clothes are all on a steep incline. A simple iced latte from Dunkin’ went from $3.70 to $3.99 (which doesn’t seem like much but 2-3 coffees a day with the extra flavors and shots add up to a lot), while sandwiches soared by 14% and salads by 11%.

This contributes to the pressure employees feel about heading into the office. Remote work may have begun as a safety measure, but it’s now a savings measure for employees around the world.

Bloomberg are offering its US staff a $75 daily commuting stipend that they can spend however they want. And other companies are doing the best they can. This still lends credence to ‘the great resignation.’ Initially starting with the retail, food service, and hospitality sectors which were hard hit during the pandemic, it has since spread to other industries. By September 2021, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 4.4 million resignations.

That’s where the most critical question lies…work from home, work from the office or stick to this new hybrid world culture?

Borris Johnson thinks, “We need to get back into the habit of getting into the office.” Because his experience of working from home “is you spend an awful lot of time making another cup of coffee and then, you know, getting up, walking very slowly to the fridge, hacking off a small piece of cheese, then walking very slowly back to your laptop and then forgetting what it was you’re doing.”

While New York City Mayor Eric Adams says you “can't stay home in your pajamas all day."

In the end, does it really matter where we work if efficiency and productivity are great? We’ve proven that companies can trust us to achieve the same results — or better! — and on time with this hybrid model. Employees can be more flexible, which boosts satisfaction, improves both productivity and retention, and improves diversity in the workplace because corporations can hire through the US and indeed all over the world.

We’ve seen companies make this work in many ways, through virtual lunches, breakout rooms, paint and prosecco parties, and — the most popular — trivia nights.

As much as we strive for normalcy, the last two years cannot simply be erased. So instead of wiping out this era, it's time to embrace the change and find the right world culture for you.

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