What's keeping you from getting stuff done at work? It may be something as simple as dealing with chatty co-workers, or getting up every hour for a cup of coffee. Singularly, each delay may seem like no big deal, but taken together, the distractions add up -- affecting your productivity and performance. So, let's get past this seasonal funk and lack of focus, and start working toward heading off the distractions that affect our office lives.
Something's just not right and you can sense it. Perhaps there's been a recent acquisition, or your manager keeps talking to HR. Almost everything you say is now documented. If you notice some or all of the following signs, stay on your guard. You may be shown the door soon.
Let's face the facts: being a working mother is exhausting and, oftentimes, completely defeating. Many women put their own career and life aspirations on hold to raise children, but very few of these ladies actually speak openly about the endless struggles they face on a daily basis. Here are the facts that you should know about the realities of working mothers and what you can do to help.
Absenteeism is obviously a problem for businesses; productivity suffers when people don't come to work and temporary fill-ins can be expensive. But having co-workers call in sick too often also has a detrimental effect on those of you who are left behind to shoulder the burden. Spot the warning signs that your workplace and your own job are suffering due to absenteeism, and deal with the root causes directly.
If you work for a well-known company or in a coveted field, you may have already received requests from friends, relatives, acquaintances, and LinkedIn contacts to forward their resumes for a suitable role in your organization. This could put you in a bind if you're dealing with a good friend who would be a bad fit for the culture or an acquaintance you know nothing about -- and let's not even talk about the random LinkedIn request. So what should you do without damaging your relationship or reputation at work?
Humor has the potential to ease social situations when used in the right context and in the right spirit, and where do we need that more than in the office? Workplace humor can be tricky, however. While it can help alleviate stress, increase bonhomie, and make you a sought-after colleague, it can also brand you as insensitive, unprofessional, and crass. The content, subject, and intent of your jokes can make or dent your image.
Everyone has a bad day once in a while, and offering support to co-workers is the kind approach in these instances. However, sometimes a colleague is chronically unhappy, spreading gloom day after day. Maybe they complain a lot -- about work, their personal life, or both. Perhaps it's just the way they sulk around the office, or it's the miserable countenance they wear every time you're in a meeting together. No matter how the condition manifests itself, working with someone who is persistently unhappy can be a real drag, to say the least.
In a work-obsessed culture, it can seem important to get the job done, and done quickly, even if it that often means putting deadlines ahead of health and happiness. If there's any free time, a concept that might seem strange to many working professionals, it's spent in assessing possible project areas to increase revenue and improve the profitability of the company. But just because corporate culture doesn't place a value on lunch breaks, doesn't mean that it's good for productivity to skip them. If taking lunch does not figure anywhere in your priority list, maybe it is time to take another look at your planner.
When we make decisions at work, we are often asked to explain or defend our choices before and even after they have been put into effect. Studies show that people often are not aware of their choices after they have made them, and this "choice blindness" may have serious effects upon their behavior at work.
If you are looking for a change, it is often possible to look for a job within your company. A cross-functional exposure that enhances your skill-set, or even a move to a different team that performs the same job as you, could help your career. An internal transfer offers you the opportunity to network and work with various colleagues, clients, and partners. It also helps you learn and deal with various leadership styles and team dynamics.
Part of your job at work is to listen, which sounds easier than it is. With so much emphasis on fulfilling action items, and on productivity overall, the art of listening well is increasingly undervalued in the modern American workplace.
If you worked during the holiday, instead of taking a vacation, you're not the only one. There's a growing trend among American workers toward more strategic planning of vacation opportunities -- taking advantage of every possible dollar and allotted hour to build a vacation experience that you and your family won't ever forget.
Back in high school, the cafeteria's role as a road map for social status was limited to the seating arrangements of the people eating in it, but now it's the room itself that holds all the power. From in-house sushi chefs to onsite sustainable farms, companies around the country pull out all the stops when it comes to creating a state-of-the-art culinary haven for their workers. Here's a roundup of some of the most enviable examples.
There are many circumstances when offering praise, in a workplace setting, is appropriate. Likewise, there are many benefits to doing so. Everyone likes to feel appreciated and helping to create a positive and supportive culture in your company benefits you in the long run. Whether you need to thank a co-worker for their assistance, or show appreciation for team members you led on a specific project, offering praise isn't just the boss's job.
What’s that saying? Stuff happens. You're a dependable planner, worker, and human, but stuff happens to everyone, and every once in a while, you’re probably going to miss a deadline. Here's how to keep it from ruining your reputation and future job opportunities.