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How Not to Be a Bad Boss That Makes Good Employees Quit

How Not to Be a Bad Boss That Makes Good Employees Quit
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It seems obvious that employees will feel more motivated at work when there is a healthy environment where everybody is treated equal regardless of gender, race, ethnicity and religion. Good leaders will work to make sure that all this is in place and develop this further through team building activities, corporate events, and field trips. If implemented in the right way, these activities can help create high performing people and teams.

For those looking for some simple, yet less well-known activities in which workplace productivity can be improved, take a look at the 3 practices below and see how they can help.

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Apply different creative ways to solve problems.

While theory-based management tactics have their own place, there is no need to become too rigid with these practices. Encourage employees to be more creative and use their imagination for developing methods and tools that would help them succeed.

Every person has a different approach to problem-solving and therefore employees should be expected to achieve their goals at a reasonable pace, using their own skill set and other tools they need for success. This requires assigning each employee the kind of tasks they are best capable of doing and working on their strengths.

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Understand the difference among people

Maintaining workplace productivity is not always easy especially when there are people from many different cultures and ethnicities working together as a team. But once you know how to incorporate some basic concepts into your overall strategy, nothing is impossible. These may include polishing your employees’ skills and talents instead of focusing on their weaknesses.

Keep everyone hydrated.

It may sound very simple but it’s absolutely true. Keeping employees well hydrated in the workplace is probably the best and most inexpensive way to improve workplace productivity. You don’t need any kind of training or expensive equipment to make this happen. Waterlogic has created in infographic providing some tips on how you can drink more in the workplace and the benefits of doing so.

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All you need is water

Research shows that proper hydration helps to make people happier and healthier. The natural consequence of happiness is being more productive. Water is highly beneficial and has a number of health benefits ranging from improved complexion to better functioning vital organs. You feel more confident and hence work more dedicatedly.

Drinking water throughout the day is only one way to remain hydrated. There are many other ways to consume water though such as eating a juicy fruit or using a few water-infused recipes. You may introduce these drinks in your office kitchen and offer them totally free of cost to your employees. After all, it’s going to pay off hugely in the long run if your workers are more productive and able to work for extra hours if there is a need to. So, instead of worrying about the cost now think of all the benefits this step is going to bring your organization in the long run.

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Mind your languages and gestures.

Written and verbal communication is a vital part of every organization’s ordinary operations. However, what is not being promoted or even explored in some businesses is the importance of non-verbal communication. This is something we call “body language” in common lingo. Body language effectively explains what the other person is thinking, whether he or she is on a good mood, if they’re comfortable with a particular thing, and so on and so forth.

Try new systems

In addition, organizations must strive to bring in the latest technology to make effective communication simpler and more efficient. There are now dozens of cloud-based suites available that help employees share files quickly and get help from fellow colleagues who might be better at doing a certain task. At Waterlogic for instance we use a Project Management tool called Asana that allows us to quickly manage and collaborate tasks and projects away from email. As everyone knows email, although important every day, can be very inefficient when communicating about projects.

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It’s all about making your team members enjoy their everyday work.

The best workplace is one where employees enjoy working, communicate with one another frequently, give and take feedback, and are overall happy and healthy. Once these goals are achieved, the employees would naturally become more productive and resourceful for the organization.

The tips discussed in this article may sound straight forward but it has been seen that most organizations do not develop written policies for any of these steps and as a result suffer greatly in the area of productivity. Once these steps are implemented in a professional manner, workplace productivity would naturally improve, helping organizations achieve their objectives and be successful.

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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