Choosing to Better Your Career

It is not news to anyone that the climate of the workplace has shifted dramatically over the last year or so. My clients often tell me that they fear losing their jobs and empower yourself with the choices you do have.

  I often use a tool called better, barter, or bag it with my clients. The concept is that in any situation you have a choice. For people who are working in companies where the downsizing has left few staff members and the same workload there is probably not a lot of bartering of responsibilities that can happen. Many employees feel that their employers are taking advantage of them due to the recession. And the option of “bagging” the job is not a good one with so few jobs on the market. This is a hard position to be in but it’s important to realize that you do have choice.

 This is where bettering it comes in. In order to “better” a situation you need to learn to accept the situation with out reacting to it and in turn be able to leave work at a more reasonable hour.

 If your work responsibilities are intertwined with several of your co-workers, discuss with them how the situation could be hand how this plan would benefit everyone. Try to avoid complaining about the situation, this may shut the management off completely. Creating alternatives in which there is a mutual benefit will create a more open atmosphere where a healthy discussion can occur.

 If you are in a position where you have to go it alone, make an appointment with your boss. Start the meeting off by empathizing with him about the struggles that exist in the current economic climate and ideas to share. It will also give you some momentum to start developing a plan for your career that will enable you to find a position that is more compatible with your lifestyle.


Laura Tirello is a Career and personal lives. Are you looking for ways to turn your ideas into goals for 2010? I am offering a free teleclass, “Shifting from Thinking to Doing: Creating a Mission Statement”. Email Laura at to sign up or visit   for more information.

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