February 7, 2012
A recent Workplace Survey conducted in eleven countries by the global executive staffing firm, Robert Half International, found that your boss can be a source of great stress. Duh? Not surprising, but the reason can often be attributed to a lack of management skills, not just to the fact that he or she may be a jerk.
Other stressors in the modern workplace include:
- increased workload
- too few people to handle the job
- unpleasant work environment (colleagues and office gossip)
- inappropriate pressure from the boss
January 23, 2012
Many thanks to Psychology Today reader Kallin, who pointed me to this mind map, courtesy of LearningFundamentals.com.au. It beautifully illustrates how we can regain control of the things we do in the time that we have.
Happy Monday Morning, All!
November 9, 2011
Is it Wednesday again? Well, you know what it’s time for, then! This week’s Wednesday Wait a Minute examines strategic speed and how going fast isn’t always, well, faster.
January 20, 2011
1. Tangible results come from setting clearly defined goals.
2. Prioritize. Ask yourself: Will this task make for my team or organization?
3. Examine how much time you spend working around things versus accomplishing them. Eliminate any beating around the bush.
5. Those who seek to please are a time drain because they value everyone’s happiness over action. Avoid consensus seekers.
6. Don’t procrastinate. Approach undesirable tasks as you would a great workout. Remember how good you’ll feel when it’s over!
7. Only have meetings with those directly involved. Eliminate external voices that only add white noise to the conversation.
8. Focus during meetings ~ gadget-free!
9. Close your inbox. Email shouldn’t disrupt, but inform.
10. Read the latest email thread while eliminating the ‘repeats. Email begets email so don’t respond when no response is needed.
A man after my own slow heart!
August 2, 2010
Time challenges pervade many workplaces. We feel piled up, dumped on or both as we try to swim our way to the surface. It has to do with work flow issues and unclear prioritization.
When we are in reactive mode, we allow external circumstances to inform our day. What the boss said, how the meeting went, where you’re going next…if we are clear about our goals (and the agreements to reach them), we are much better off. We place ourselves in proactive mode, which is a much more powerful place to be.
“I’m not in control of my calendar,” one HR executive told me recently. She has five administrative assistants who place meetings on her schedule, thereby leaving her with back-to-back meetings with no breaks all day long.
Centralization is called for here. That is, having one person act as the time gatekeeper. The admin team needs to coordinate amongst themselves to avoid such inhuman demands.
It is a situation I saw happen often when working at an investment firm in Boston.
“I haven’t had a lunch in months,” my boss used to say. I tried to keep his calendar clear for breaks in between, but the hierarchy of the organization trumped those efforts frequently. He was also the one who used to say to me: “I will do this job as long as I’m having fun. The moment is turns not fun is the moment I’m out of here.”
He left the company shortly after I did.
If nothing else, Corporate America taught me a tremendous lesson about our relationship with time. We have as much of it as the next. The question is what do we do with it and who really is in control?
It is time that we take back our time and work together as a team to reach our ultimate goals. Besides, a happy worker is a more productive one. Owning our time informs that happiness to a very large degree.