Have you ever had a pair of pants or shoes that just didn’t fit? A waist band that was a little too snug. A heel that slipped. A hem that hung a bit too low, or even worse, stopped just short of fashionable. It can be more than uncomfortable. It can hurt. Blisters, corns, crushed internal organs. We typically have enough awareness and common sense to get rid of those things that just don’t fit.
Our work has all kinds of fit that can lead to discomfort.
There’s the fit between you and your job. Think about what you do all day. Are you at a desk? Moving around? Focused for long periods of time on one task or frequently interrupted and moving back and forth between tasks? People-facing throughout the day or working solo?
There’s the fit between you and your supervisor. Do you get too much or too little input about how to do your work? What’s the leadership style set by your supervisor? Is it a tone that inspires you or drains your energy?
There’s the fit between you and your team. Do you work well with your colleagues? Is there finger-pointing or are problems shared and solved together? Is it the right amount of camaraderie or too cliquish for you?
There’s the fit between you and your physical surroundings. Does your work area inspire you? Is there enough light? Are the shops and restaurants in the area what you prefer? How’s the commute?
There’s the fit between you and your organization. What is your corporate culture? What values are manifested by leadership? Do the corporate values align with your personal values?
If you’re feeling uncomfortable, figure out which of these is at the root of the uneasiness. It will help you to focus on the right solution for you. Need help? Let us know – our Align process can help you get clarity.