Many times there are jobs or just social functions that you are required to work at or just be with people in a social environment. Many of the situations or circumstances will rely solely on the location where you are such as Michigan.
There are times when you may be required to be at your place of employment or a dedicated social function and at times you just cannot possibly be there. In Michigan it could very well be the weather conditions such as sleet, snow and ice or a power outage. It can leave you feeling like you let others down and face consequences because your employer or team members from a social function are not happy when they are left short because of your absence.
This causes a lot of grumbles by all and someone has to take the consequences. You say this isn’t fair? You couldn’t get your vehicle out of your drive way and onto the road or the electric went out as well as your heat and you have to live where you are at. At times these situations can occur and since you need your employment, even if it is a small functioning business or a social dedication, you know you have to live in your home. And you have your home to care for during a crisis like this.
So, do you just complain about being reprimanded by your employer or harassed by friends of a social function? How far is complaining going to get you? Did your complaining actually get you anywhere? What is complaining going to do for the next time a situation caused by weather in Michigan comes up and you can’t get to where you need to be when you need to get there?
It is advisable that when and if a situation occurs like this that first you understand what your co-workers, employers and friends or team mates have to deal with when you can’t be available. They may not always see things from your point of view even though some day they may have the same situation occur.
The next step should be that you are proactive and have a plan in place for the next situations that may possibly occur. It may involve steps from your side as well as suggestions for your employers or team mates’ side.
Have a backup plan. Make the suggestion to everyone. It can include watching the weather, altering times, having a person on call. But don’t just complain about it, make suggestions to change and improve future situations. It’s how things change for the better.
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