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Ask Chren: Questioned Work Ethic

Dear Chren,

I have recently encountered some problems at work. My direct supervisor appreciates and values my work, but some of their colleagues have questioned my work ethic. I graduated college and graduate school with honors, participated in several activities, among other things. How should I handle these people moving forward? That does not even include the hostile feelings I recognize among other colleagues at work. I would appreciate any advice you have.

– Questioned Work Ethic

Dear Questioned Work Ethic,

First of all, congrats for graduating with honors. That’s a huge accomplishment and you should be proud.

It’s time to reflect on your work product. If you’re supervisor appreciates and values you, then that’s amazing. Ask yourself, do you work hard and always turn in work products on time and done well? Then you have nothing to worry about. As long as you confirm with your supervisor that everything is going well.

Now, for the people who criticize you. It sounds as if they don’t determine your career mobility so try not to worry about them. If you’re concerned with your reputation, try to figure out why they question your work ethic. Is it something based on direct actions or is it because you’re very efficient, leading to downtime? One of the problems we see in the modern workforce is that good work is rewarded with more work. You’re not required to do more work than your job description. Our advice: keep showing up and doing your best and keep a positive attitude. If your supervisor’s colleagues question your supervisor about you, they can set them straight.

As for your colleagues, sometimes jealousy can be prominent in the workforce. Just don’t stoop to their level. Treat them with kindness, showcasing that you’re the bigger person. You don’t have to be overly friendly with them, but always offer a hello and goodbye. It sounds to us that they’re jealous of your ability to get your work done well and quicker than others and your close relationship with your supervisor.

The fact is that you can’t always change how people see you and not everyone will like you. It’s impossible to please everyone, so stop trying. Build a reputation as someone who treats people well and doesn’t gossip. Eventually, these people are going to hurt themselves while playing games. Keep up your amazing work and you’re going to do great things. We wish you the best of luck!

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