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Corporate life is never easy. It requires lots of dedication, hardwork, multitasking, learnings and perseverance to be successful. Some of these qualities are inherent, however, some are learnt hard way. Many times it is gained by exploring ideas and at times, it is, in keeping mum. The right decision making is what comes through Experience and makes a professional, an Experienced Professional!

My years of experience in corporate world has taught me a few lessons of experience that I would like to share with all young professionals who feels demotivated in a toxic work environment or when surrounded by negative people.

Starting my career as a young energetic professional, I used to think why many times, seniors in corporate world are not as enthusiastic as youngsters? Why are they not eager to present themselves despite being more experienced and knowledgeable? Why they take easy everything that comes their way and do not take initiatives that we, youngsters think as a ‘must taken step’? Why does the thought process/ point of view differs so much while viewing the same subject? Though somewhere my questioning nature,  has opened up my eyes to see a situation from the angle beyond mine and that has taught me a great lesson. A lesson of being silent at something and observe everything.  This is one of my learning from the Experienced Professionals that have answered few of my questions during my initial corporate days. Though for an energetic youngster, it is difficult to understand, but, through experience one realizes how to save energy for the right job.

Corporate world is full of different types of people. While some lead by examples and  keep setting roles models for the young and energetic professionals to follow their path, at the same time, there are many out there, who take any route to survive the competition. Their action may be unethical, or their behavior could be bossy or their intentions could be harmful, etc., whatever, it may be, and how so ever policies of the companies could be to tackle such people, there are times when these toxic people are able to successfully create a Toxic Workplace Environment, that leads to a demotivates work environment for a hard working professional.

What should a young professional learn from an Experienced Professional?

The best learning lies in learning behavioral competencies.

As a young professional, you might have witnessed that in a toxic work place, it is not that an honest person is a winner, it is the person who can create such perception makes its way towards success. Therefore, do understand that a successful person is the one, who is a winner of every situation. Give your best at work and at the same time create your brand.

Do note that it is always difficult to please a toxic boss. Therefore, learn for the experienced professionals, on how to channel your energies in the most productive way so that you can learn to see the bigger picture of your life.

People may come and go. The saying is true for toxic people. They will not be always there around you, but, your skills will. therefore, make attempts to reach out to people who can recognize your talent. Make ‘Contacts’. Whole and sole is “Contact works every time.”

Another learning from an Experienced Professional is, their ability to observe and react at the right time!

In a toxic workplace, one may never know when what will go against you. Who will stab back? How will he/she manipulate people and persuade them to take action against you basis a cock and bull story.

As a young professional, keeping yourself alert every time is a restless job. This appears like taking away every bit of your patience which you have kept for yourself to be hopeful in the midst of darkness of this negative environment at work.

With Experience, I have seen that an Experienced Professional develop a unique ability, which is different for everyone, but in core, it is the same. i.e., observation – the power of noticing everything, but, not reacting. With the practice of this skill, one learns the art of having short term memory and become a master player of the situation. Do note that it is not in remembering everything, it is in forgetting everything and again being victorious in convincing others on your point was, when the time is right.

The key for youngsters is in being optimistic and to never lose hope despite facing some adverse time at workplace.

You may feel that trust is nowhere, so is the truth. Your faith may be shaken and you may feel that success lies only in being the best charming liar who can convince anyone and everyone with the words spoken. And a judgmental, truthful person is just a misfit. But, one should always know that the “Time” is the most powerful thing.  All time fact is to know for sure that you just cannot correct the wrong every time, even if you can only see it with your foresightedness. You require maturity to understand the organisational mindset, need of the hour and expectation from your role.

The key take way here is, the Experience!!

An Experienced Professional knows his priority. His cheerfulness may appear less on face, but, he/she is alert and focused inside. They observe everything and react at nothing. They take action when the time comes. Their knowledge makes them powerful and at the same time sensible that at times, difficult to be noticed by others from their horizontal view.

Now, it is up to you, young professionals, whether to get frustrated out of the toxic work place environment or to be an Experienced Professional.

Author: Neha A. Roy

Author is a lawyer by profession and has a decade of experience working with law firms, start-ups and multinational companies. She is based out of Bengaluru, India. Apart from the above, she is a philanthropist and loves nature.

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