Preparing and wishing we did not have to get out of bed to face that big old world out there beyond our doors. The doors that kept the world out if just for a night, to keep us safe within the walls of our home.
Some are fortunate to have their children early in the morning at the breakfast table, greeted by their big smiles as they are happy to be up ready for school or play.
Others will be single individuals--- and most of the time with only one’s self to deal with early in the morning. Or, on the other hand; maybe have a room-mate, girlfriend or others to share our morning wake-up to another work day.
No one is immune from arriving to work to be greeted by an unsmiling receptionist, secretary or co-worker(s). Will this set the tone of your day?
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Will you be the master of retaining your harmony, or will your nerves hit a high note? Will you be the sponge for other's negative attitudes. Or will you be the master of your harmonious attitude, that prevents any negativity from bonding to you.
Monday morning bring the unfortunate staff, board, committee or company meetings; where one and all have to listen to the boss articulating his/her displeasure of absent employees.
But you are here, and yet he/she rants on and on, and when these employees returns to work—not a word is said to them from the boss.
It is called selective hearing and I feel I invented it, from my early years of listening to my mother---as she preached about what boys and girls I should and should not be friends with--because as some were wild---and some even smoked cigarettes, (Oh my!), and some did not go to church.
Her philosophy was---- and I felt it was branded on my forehead, as I can still feel it sometimes----“Birds of a feather flock together.”
Well, as always I would say, “But Mother these people are not birds, and I cannot help it if you do not care for their parents.” As soon the words left my mouth—I was on restriction. I was always sure if I had died as a teenager the word, “Restriction” would be chiseled on my tombstone.
Back to the morning meeting, and after your boss finishes his/her rant, everyone has to return to their desks to try and catch up the work which has been neglected for the meeting. It will forever astound me that one’s boss does not realize how important each minute is for a productive employee. Send emails as all employees have computers—these days—if not—then insert the memo into their paycheck envelope.
So, your work morning is almost shot and as you try to make inroads with your stacks of work----that chatty employee drops by to tell you about his/her personal life, that you don’t give two hoots in---(well you know where)---about.
However, you kept working trying to give them a hint to leave you alone. But not until they finished their story, that is fascinating---only to--- them. It amazes me how these people do not get fired, and we have all worked with this type of person who socializes most of the workday.
It is 1:00 p.m. and now back at work finally getting something accomplished—then the boss’ secretary tells all employees for them to be in the boardroom at 2:00 p.m. to celebrate someone’s birthday---with cake and coffee---.
By now, your hair is standing up, and the boss’ secretary has done a tap dance on your last nerve, when she sweetly bounced into your office to make her announcement.
But wait---this is where you should shake all the stress off, and change that attitude---and at 2:00---go to the party and have as much fun as the others.
Remember, you are still being paid by the boss, and this is what he/she wanted. Go with the flow, and stop being the one who puts all the stress on you. I have seen this happen so much to others—as well as to myself.
Is it really 3:00 p.m., and the party is over—and you have two hours left to make some headway in your work waiting on your desk. Well, now this is where the boss has made a big boo-boo, as workers are now hanging in offices of other co-workers; talking about the party and what they plan to do after work. This is a non-productive afternoon, hours lost never to be recovered again.
When the birthday celebration could have been celebrated at the beginning of the meeting for 15 minutes, therefore, saving the extra 45 minutes for the employees to be productive, and not be interrupted in the afternoon. Then four hours of the workplace being used to work—not partying.
This is good productive management to utilize the workday time in a structured manner, which will accomplish three disciplined goals.
1. The birthday person is acknowledged for 15 minutes before the meeting.
2. The workers are not interrupted in the afternoon, therefore, saving four hours of work time ---for the employees to work.
3. Employees will not be tempted to keep the party going after 3:00 p.m. until the end of the day.
So, now you can work until time to leave for the day, therefore, stress has been eliminated and you feel proud of your successful achievement.
As you leave work on a more productive day, your attitude is still positive and a smile is still on your face, and the music still in your head to make this a harmonious day.
- What would you like changed in your workplace? For Employee to answer.
- How would you change your weekly schedule for a more productive workforce? For Employer to answer.
- Is your day more productive when your attitude is more positive? For the Employee
- As you walk through your office, are your employees working or visiting?
© BEPH 2012
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