Your internal thoughts and attitudes have various impacts on the work environment and can be focused in certain ways to make you a better employee. Being able to identify your attitudes as well as keeping positive and motivated in the workplace are values that many employers seek out. Employees who are motivated and have positive attitudes can make a bigger impact on company goals and provide better experiences for customers. This is why having a positive professional attitude is such an important soft skill. Having a positive professional attitude makes you the type of person employers want to keep, as they know employees with healthy attitudes tend to be more dependable, helpful, and driven.
In this course, you will learn about healthy attitudes, how your attitude effects habits and behaviors, make connections to how attitudes fit in a job, and learn how to gain a more positive attitude through setting goals and exploring what motivates you.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• Define attitude and infer how different attitudes affect behavior and habits.
• Identify personal attitudes and label them as healthy and unhealthy, and identify and describe desired workplace attitudes based on scenarios.
• Identify what motivates you and why.
• Recognize internal and external roadblocks to your motivation.
• List strategies to increase your self-motivation.
• Explain the relationship between goals and self-motivation and explain the benefits of self-motivation.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Textbooks and Materials
All materials are supplied within the online course.
Emily Blanchard is a Michigan native, and has been an educator since 1993. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with minors in math, science, and art. Blanchard spent 15 years teaching middle school mathematics in Clark County, Nevada. She served as a member of school improvement teams, was a cross-curricular learning strategist, participated as the only elected teacher on the Nevada State Support Team for her school, mentored dozens of new teachers, and was recognized as East Region Teacher of the Year. Blanchard completed a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She left the desert, moved to the mountains of Colorado, and started working for Denver Public Schools in 2008. As a member of Goodwill’s Youth Career Development Team, Blanchard has taught and developed curricula for classes that teach students job and life skills, counseled students with personal struggles, and coached high school upper-class students in identifying and pursuing their post-secondary dreams. Blanchard’s lifelong goals are to help others achieve all they can and to always be learning something new herself.
Veronica O. White
Veronica O. White is the Work Skills Instructor for Goodwill Industries of Career Connection Center at Stapleton. She is responsible for providing job readiness/preparation courses and job coaching at the Center and is a Certified Résumé writer responsible for matching at-risk adults with employment or volunteer placements. Veronica is a leader who is able to work with a diverse community, passionately and effectively. She has her B.A. in Psychology from Columbia College. Veronica has volunteered in the City of Aurora as a member and chair with the Aurora Human Relations Commission, and Vice President of the Western Region with the National Association of Human Right Workers. For her dedication and time, Veronica has been recognized with various awards including the Torch Bearer Award from the Human Relations Commission at the City of Aurora, Outstanding Staff Award from the University of Denver and recognition for Outstanding Service from former Mayor Stephen Hogan as well as a plethora of thank you cards for participants. Veronica is driven by giving back to her community, advocating and uplifting others and dotting on her four grandchildren who are known as her “four heartbeats.”