Ep82: Tough working environment? How to DEAL.

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In this episode, Mei Phing discusses how to deal with a tough working environment. She emphasizes the importance of aligning expectations, recognizing skills gaps, and upskilling oneself to overcome challenges.



00:00 πŸŽ™οΈ Mei Phing introduces the topic of dealing with a tough working environment and shares her experience with people’s complaints.

02:45 πŸŽ™οΈ Mei Phing highlights the need to define what constitutes a tough working environment as it varies for different individuals.

05:18 πŸŽ™οΈ Mei Phing discusses the importance of assessing whether the job is genuinely unsuitable or if there is a skills gap that needs to be addressed.

11:20 πŸŽ™οΈ Mei Phing emphasizes the significance of self-awareness, self-assessment, and upskilling to overcome challenges and succeed in a career.

14:30 πŸŽ™οΈ Mei Phing urges listeners to align their expectations and eliminate the mindset that work should only consist of enjoyable tasks.

17:05 πŸŽ™οΈ Mei Phing concludes by encouraging listeners to take the first step in navigating, surviving, and thriving in the corporate world.


Key Insights

πŸ€” It is crucial to define what constitutes a tough working environment as it varies for different individuals. Understanding one’s own definition can help in effectively addressing the challenges.

πŸ“ˆ Many professionals tend to jump to the conclusion that a job is unsuitable for them without conducting a proper objective and realistic assessment. It is important to differentiate between disliking certain tasks due to personality and lacking the necessary skills to perform them.

🌱 Upskilling and addressing skills gaps are essential for long-term career success. Building a solid foundation through continuous learning and self-improvement can help overcome challenges and make the tough working environment more manageable.

πŸ’‘ Self-awareness and self-assessment are critical in identifying skills gaps and areas for improvement. It is essential to honestly assess one’s own capabilities and identify specific areas that require upskilling.

πŸ’Ό Aligning expectations is essential to avoid the expectation versus reality gap. Recognizing that every job has its challenging aspects and embracing the need for both enjoyable and mundane tasks can contribute to a more fulfilling career.

πŸ”„ Job-hopping without addressing the root cause of dissatisfaction, such as skills gaps or unrealistic expectations, will likely result in recurring challenges in future positions. It is important to address the underlying issues rather than simply seeking a new job.

πŸš€ Upskilling oneself is the key to long-term career success. While it may not be glamorous or exciting, investing in continuous learning and self-improvement can pave the way for growth and advancement in the corporate world.



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