After the 2008 economic down turn, it’s important to remain grateful for our jobs since many women have been unemployed for extended periods of time. Whether you love the work you do or hate it, the work place becomes miserable when we disrespect our bosses or become jealous of and compete with our coworkers. Choose to overcome these three relationship killers and you will benefit from your work place relationships.

From Disrespect to Respect

“Give to everyone what you owe them: Pay your taxes and government fees to those who collect them, and give respect and honor to those who are in authority.”

Romans 13:7 (NLT)

Choosing to respect your boss allows things go well for you because many people respond to respect with favor. If your boss does not like you or treats you harsher than others, then examine how you respond to authority in your attitudes and actions.

How can you respect those in authority?

From Jealousy to Admiration

 “Observe people who are good at their work— skilled workers are always in demand and admired…”

Proverbs 22:29 (MSG)

Instead of being jealous of your coworkers who are good at their work, choose to admire them. We all have coworkers who are smarter or more disciplined than we are, or who dress nicer, or speak more eloquently, or make more sales, or have more confidence, or got the promotion we wanted.

What can you learn from your coworkers in order to grow in your career?

From Competing to Building Team

“Work toward unity, and live in harmony with one another. Avoid thinking you are better than others or wiser than the rest; instead, embrace common people and ordinary tasks.”

Romans 12:16 (Voice)

We often compete with our co-workers to validate ourselves, but this is unnecessary. You already displayed your worth in your interview and thus got hired. Now it is time to find your role on the team and chose to work towards the company’s goals in unity with your co-workers.

What ordinary tasks do you need to embrace? How can you create team unity?

It is much easier to be grateful for our employment when we can take pleasure in the relationships at work. Even if you don’t like your coworkers, you will enjoy your workplace more when you respect authority, learn from those who are better than you and work on your ordinary job tasks as part of the team. Implementing these three things will lead to favor, personal growth and people will want to be around you. Maybe you’ll be next in line for that promotion after all!

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