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Winning Attitudes

August 16th, 2010

Over the years I’ve noticed a number of traits and behaviors among correctional workers who manage to stay healthy and effective on and off the job.

Healthy staff:

  • Live in line with positive spiritual values
  • Have integrity and professional ethics
  • Take responsibility for their actions
  • Strive to make a positive difference at work even if in very small steps
  •  Aim to make the work experience easier on those around them by being helpful, caring, good listeners and mentors
  • Are secure in who they are, even while they know that they are still a work in progress
  • Do not enjoy tearing people down, but rather aim to build people up
  • Notice and point out the good in others
  • Avoid the trap of hating offenders, coworkers or “the system”
  • Avoid taking the law into their own hands
  • Avoid retaliating or taking revenge for actual or perceived offenses
  • After addressing issues and processing through hurts, they let go of grudges and move on
  • Are careful about what they allow into their mind—what they read, watch, do for entertainment, consider worth their time
  • Are solution seekers
  • Make sure they have a life outside of corrections, and work hard to protect it
  • Seek effective help for themselves when they need it, and do not stop until they find it
  • Are more givers than takers, having learned that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”
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  1. rudeman
    September 10th, 2010 at 08:55 | #1

    Great article Catherine. As much as I can I try to portay a positive attitude at work, and amazingly it makes my job so much easier.
    When you deal fairly with offenders, it makes your job so much easier,
    and when problems arise the officer with the right attitude often can rebound much sooner that someone with a mean and negative attitude.

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