Rebellion in the workplace that works

Can you think of someone you consider a workplace rebel? Someone who likes to break all the rules, do things differently in a stupid way, and usually get into trouble with ‘management’? I can too. In fact I can think of several rebels who ended up being unsuccessful in their roles because they crossed some boundaries. But I can also think of several rebels who actually thrived and management seemed to encourage their style of thinking.

Why does rebellion at work serve some and hurt others? A lot depends on answering the ‘why’ behind rebellion and let’s explore this intention a little more.

Managers and teammates judge behavior based on their interpretation of the intention. If a majority of your objectives are to help the company succeed, your intentions become very clear and act in your favor. But if you’re someone who likes to be hailed as the rule-breaker so much that you destroy others around you, you can completely ruin your favorable sprint at the company.

Do managers generally dislike rebels then? Not necessarily. But challenging everything and not picking your battles wisely will only hurt your workplace reputation.

You don’t have to be the say-yes-to-everything kind of employee either. An easy way to judge if your attitude will work in your favor is to ask a few important questions:


Do you consider yourself a workplace rebel? How has that worked out for you? Feel free to comment below or leave a comment on The Lead Journal’s Facebook page.



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