It’s a vicious cycle. Employees are afraid today. Afraid to speak up, or disagree, or share their opinions. Yet, that fear leads to stagnation, which leads to lost business, which leads to staffing adjustments, which leads to more fear, more stagnation, more lost business, and on and on.
What are we afraid of? Are we afraid of what someone will think of us? That our ideas are dumb? That we will get more work if we speak up? Of course, the answer to all of these is – yes.
But, here’s the real fear: I will lose my job!
Well, that approach is a self-defeating trap. It truly is a paradox. The thing you think keeps you the safest actually puts you at the greatest risk. Playing it safe and blending in makes you look disposable.
Your employer is looking around for people who are willing to step up, speak up, raise their hand, share their suggestions, and make a contribution. You are being challenged to redefine the value you bring to your organization.
The old adage still applies in today’s work world: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” It’s the fear that costs people opportunity, recognition, rewards and jobs every day. Stop being afraid!
What You Can Do to Avoid the Fear Trap:
- Let go of the fear
- Make your ideas heard
- Step up and speak up
- Make a contribution
- Make suggestions
- Raise your hand
- Make a name for yourself