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As we live in this world day to day, and being responsible adults, you will have times in your life where you will need to adapt to changes and situations. No matter the job or career you pursue, you will ultimately have to overcome your challenges and adapt to your new surroundings or environment. New employees entering a new company or organization, who have little to no work experience in that particular field, can be easier for a company to mold and establish that employees’ attitude and work ethics. Bringing in an employee, who has prior experience for a particular job or job function, can definitely be of benefit to a company, but you also have to be aware of that employee or employees carrying an attitude and/or work ethic that they have instilled in themselves. From my experience, this kind of attitude and work ethic is definitely important as you hold your life, your partner’s life and the lives of the community in your hands every day. Hiring new employees with prior experience is known to save that organization or business money, because of less training that is needed.

However, there is no room for any employee, prior experience or fresh out the gate, to come on a job and immediately start rubbing other co-workers, and their supervisors, the wrong way. When you do a job you was hired for, of course, you want to show confidence and the ability that you can get the job done, and willing to learn. Every job has its own challenges, and every job has expectations of their employees from every level, that is to be maintain. Your attitude when coming on to a new job has everything to do with how your new co-workers perceive you, and how others pre-judge you, fair or unfairly. It can definitely be a challenging situation when you move from state to state, within the same career path, and having to learn how different things are. Sometimes your prior experience will be of help, but you can’t always rely on that when you are working at a place where people and companies operate different. For example, a police officer coming from another state, and is granted the opportunity to work in Vermont, not only will you know that certain laws are different, but you will also discover that our law enforcement community could possibly be more tight knit than what you might be used too.

Coming to a new job with the attitude that you know what you are doing, starting to question your superiors judgement and decisions and alienating fellow employees within the first days of your hire, the results will not be in your favor. Especially, if other fellow employees, who have not met you before, only hear of negative descriptions of your personality and attitude toward your job and others, they tend to pre-judge your character. If you happen to come across other employees, and even friends of those employees, who have made a negative pre-judgement against you, even though they don’t know you or have met you, how can you really be upset about that perception? I can certainly understand if you use the argument that people shouldn’t be pre-judging others for what they are hearing because they could be lies or over exaggerations, or what have you, but if the same attitude and arrogance is carried consistently, people will tend to keep those pre-conceived notions. I, definitely, understand that leaving one job and going to another, especially in a different state or region, is challenging and can be difficult at times, but establishing enemies and alienating yourself, based solely on your attitude, is not recommended.

We are to be adults and able to overcome and adapt to changes as they come. Of course, there are people out here who are not acceptable to change and struggle a great deal with those changes. For this article, I am merely speaking of someone new coming to your company and bringing an attitude that they are arrogant and somewhat confrontational, especially towards their supervisors. No one, in their right mind, would want to work for or with someone of such negative energy, which can affect others productivity and morale. This is absolutely true in the law enforcement community, where your reputation and character is always on the line, on and off duty. Don’t bring your negative energy and arrogant attitude to a job where you know no one, and where your foot hole hasn’t be established for anyone to recognize. Keeping down this path will make your existence, at your new company, very swift and forgotten. We all have unique characters and skill sets that can be of help to yourself, and others, but if your arrogant attitude is so big that it opens the doors for you before you walk into a room, no one will ever know how useful you can be. Burning bridges before they are even under construction is something you don’t want too!

Author & Chief Editor: Henry Scott & Labellanoire

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