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Tip of the Week: Not Just their Attitude...What About Yours?
Not Just their Attitude... What About Yours?
I've primarily focused on feeding the attitudes of your teenage employees. With that said, I can't think of anything that can have a bigger effect on a teen's attitude than your attitude! A condescending, disrespectful attitude showing no personal interest towards your teen employees will send them out the door, and working down the street.
I'll be the first to admit that it can be hard to maintain a positive, outgoing, caring and personal attitude. But if you have a young workforce it's a discipline you are going to need to excel at if you want your employees to serve your interest at work.
Getting a teen's attitude in line with your needs may be a moving target. But you are always in control of yours, and it's the one small thing you, and your managers, can do on a daily basis that can have a huge impact.
Following is a quote from Charles Swindoll about attitude:
The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, the education, the money, than circumstances, than failure, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes."
I can't think of anything else that will have a larger positive impact on a teen than the attitude that is directed towards them by an adult.