Be Switzerland? What does she mean by that? Well, I was chatting with my mentor about getting acclimated to a new position at work. I told her I felt like I was being pulled from different directions (coworkers, supervisors and customers) in order to make everyone happy. She told me I need to be neutral, stay out of drama and think about what would be best for my work without taking sides. Better yet, I need to be Switzerland! I need to find a happy balance between getting the work done and being that all around likeable and genuine person. So have a look at this list of reasons to remain neutral at work and learn a little bit about Switzerland at the same time.
1. Switzerland is the home of the chocolate, swiss cheese and the birthplace of the Red Cross. At work and in life, you want people to think of good, practical things when they think of you. At work, a good way to be that person is to always say thank you and always associate yourself with positive things; not gossiping or sending negative emails.
2.The Swiss haven’t been in a state of war internationally since 1815 and is an active part of peace building processes around the world. You don’t want to be the one starting drama or being offensive in the office. (No excuses). Always be on the defense if you need to but never be the one to start unnecessary conflict.
3. Swiss culture is characterized by diversity. Three of Europe’s major languages are official in Switzerland: German, French and Italian. I cannot think of any negative stereotypes about Switzerland. They are able to be neutral because they don’t take sides or are not exclusively one race or culture. I do think you should embrace your culture at all times (this is very important to me) but be wary about other people as they may not be as open as you are. Learn to be more than tolerant of other cultures; be accepting of different languages and customs that may be different from your own.
4.Switzerland has the highest nominal wealth per adult (financial and non-financial assets) in the world. They are not a part of the European Union or the European Economic Area. Instead their currency is the Swiss Franc. I’m not saying you need to be cheap; just be conscious of your finances personally and professionally. You don’t want to be like the US, trillions of dollars in debt…
5. Look at it! Doesn’t it make you smile? I did a Google Image search and could not find any offense images of Switzerland. They just plain have a good reputation; as should you.
Thanks for reading! Which country would you be? Post in the comments below.