Successful Female Entrepreneur
Tatum Sherman is a career counselor who has used her experience as a springboard to establish her own highly successful staffing company that is headquartered in the state of New Jersey. She has found that it is wise to try to be a “universal solvent” in the workplace.
Many people never consider the importance of getting along with all different types of people on the job. When you are a student, you may have a rather childlike perspective on the work world. The idea is that you get your education, you find a good job that you like, and you will be rewarded if you do the job well. For better or worse, things are not quite this simple, and Tatum Sherman often explains this to jobseekers that she places with employers.
Without question, it is important to do your job and do it well. Perhaps unfortunately, this is not the long and short of it. In the typical workplace, there is going to be a particular dynamic with regard to personalities and how they interact. The better you get along with a wide range of people, the more comfortable you will be. One single negative interaction can reverberate indefinitely. As Tatum Sherman is quick to point out, just about everyone will exercise common sense and try to stay on the right side of their superiors. The problem is that in many cases, the same people don't make much of an effort to get along with their peers. This can create an acrimonious dynamic, and in extreme cases, it can lead to a job separation.
In your professional life, you may want to play to your audience. This does not mean that you surrender your own personality and individual perspectives. However, you can keep it light while you are interacting with people who may be very different from you, and you can intentionally steer clear of contentious topics of conversation. Tatum Sherman has found that a diplomatic employee is usually going to be an employee who has a job for a very long time.