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10 Changes You Would Undergo If You’re Working In A Good Company

10 Changes You Would Undergo If You’re Working In A Good Company

If you stay in the same job for more than 10 years, is this loyalty or a liability? It depends on whether the company you work for is a good one or not. What do we mean when we say that you are in a good company? Here are 10 changes you should actually undergo which will make the definition clear. Loyalty would certainly pay off.

1. You accept bigger challenges.

Let us imagine giving up on hard work and challenging goals. Why would you do that? If the company culture was hostile or boring, then you would certainly avoid a challenge or move on. But the hallmark of great company culture is where employees are happy and there is an excellent atmosphere of collaboration, transparency and employee freedom. Once you realize that, you will be happy to face more challenges because it is so stimulating and rewarding.

“Better moods = better performance. Hostile or even boring working environments are not sustainable. Poor work product and attrition result.” – Jim Benson, founder of Personal kanaban

2. You are happier when representing your company.

This is a test of your loyalty and you would change your attitude about this. Look at the old scenario where you did not feel that you were really part of the organization. You were unhappy and this came across whenever you mentioned the company’s name, whether it was on social media, attending conferences or networking in general.

But since you are now working with a good company, you resonate with their values and their culture and you are more than happy to be a good ambassador. You now understand what makes a great company and this will guide you in future job searches.

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3. You know that learning from failure is important.

 “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”- Bill Gates

Do you remember the dreaded question, “What was your greatest failure?” at job interviews? Better companies ask this question because they are more keenly aware that not all careers follow the same path. They are also more likely to have performance assessment, strong training programs and encourage their employees to mentor and be mentored. Now that you see failure as a valuable learning experience you are much more relaxed and enjoy being supervised, rather than dreading it.

4. You are more involved in decision making.

Can you remember working for companies where decisions were taken exclusively by the managing board of directors and filtered down to the humble employees like you? The result was that you did not care or were not even interested in deciding policy, procedures or staff performance.

A good company will encourage its workers to come forward with suggestions, ideas, ways to improve customer relations, office procedures and also policy. You automatically feel much more involved and welcome being a part of the decision making process. You feel proud when your ideas are sometimes adopted and your motivation reaches stellar levels.

5. You have changed your mindset about teamwork.

You may have believed teamwork was just an added extra which prevented you from working as an individual. You may have had your own agenda to work on, your own little projects and of course, your precious career path to follow.

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Working with a good company changes all that and you know that when you offer to do some of the grunt work like everyone else on the team, it can make the difference when meeting the deadline. This is what happened to a manager of a large IT project when she drove the van delivering the computers.

In a good company, you get to work in a dream team where everyone pitches in, there is real communication and everyone works together despite their different specialties.

6. You have a clearer idea about customer service.

“Customer service is about making customers happy, and the culture is about making employees happy. So, really, we’re about trying to deliver happiness, whether it’s to customers or employees, and we apply that same philosophy to vendors as well.”- Tony Hsieh CEO Zappos

Many a company has failed because they have not managed to juggle satisfying their employees, customer service and keeping their suppliers happy. Customer service is not just about getting great goods delivered on time. It is also closely linked with the reputation the company has in the way it treats its employees when outsourcing around the world.

You now understand why Amazon bought Zappos for $1.2 billion in 2009. You also know that you are just one of the faces of your company brand and why it is so important to build trust among customers. When customers are not satisfied, the business fails.

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7. You appreciate your colleagues more.

In many companies, it is so competitive that everyone is a little bit wary about sharing ideas and there is very little collaboration between departments. Combine that with office gossip when communication channels are a bit opaque and you get a very mediocre work atmosphere. You cannot escape the time wasters, the whiners and the cynics and at times, this can be suffocating.

In a good company that all changes dramatically. You have really talented people at your beck and call. They help out with resources, data and information when you need it. You do the same for them now that you have experienced, diligent and hard working colleagues.

8. You are prepared now to go the extra mile.

In many companies, you are besieged with requests for doing extra time which may or may not be compensated. When that happened, you resented it and your work life balance suffered. You may even have been hounded by management on weekends with emails and pestering phone calls.

In a good company, you are much more likely to be passionately involved in the team and the project. There is absolutely no problem with doing extra hours because you are really committed, so it pays handsome dividends in job satisfaction which many people never or rarely experience.

9. You understand your role in the company.

In a good company, the mission is very clearly stated and everyone is working towards the same goal. Not only that but everyone knows what role they play in making it all happen. You feel fully engaged and motivated. Google employees know which cog they are in organizing the world’s information.

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Facebook workers know how all the various teams work in keeping the world connected. You also are proud of your company’s record in being committed to reducing its carbon footprint and making the world a better place.

10. You can see your career taking off.

The great thing about working for a good company is that work is now interesting, rewarding and motivating. You actually look forward to going to work every morning because there are projects to finish and you can see your career developing. You are pleased that your skill set is being constantly enriched, the colleagues are collaborative and there is a great team spirit in the office.

You thank your lucky stars that you are no longer one of 33% of American workers who are dissatisfied with their work and want to move on.

Featured photo credit: Happy Birthday Center for Total Health 40176/Ted Eytan via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 21, 2020

How to Increase Work Productivity: 9 Ground Rules

How to Increase Work Productivity: 9 Ground Rules

We all have those days when completing our assigned tasks seems beyond reach. With the temptation of social media, mobile games, and the internet in general—not to mention the constant bustle of people in the office—it’s easy to fall prey to disruptions and distractions at work.

So, what can we do about it? How to be productive at work?

While we don’t have a foolproof system that can completely eliminate disturbances and diversions, we do have 9 ground rules that can be applied to help give your productivity levels a boost.

Keep reading to find out our tips on work productivity.

What Does It Mean to Be Productive?

How to be productive at work?” is the age-old question plaguing employees and employers alike around the world. Regardless of where you work and what you do, everyone is always looking for new ways to be more efficient and effective.

But what does being productive actually entail?

Completing more tasks on your list or working longer hours doesn’t necessarily mean you’re being more productive. It just means you’re more busy, and productivity shouldn’t be confused with busyness.

Productivity means achieving effective results in as short amount of time as possible, leaving you with more time to enjoy freely.

It involves working smarter, not harder. It means refining processes, speeding up workflows, and reducing the chances of interruptions.

Productivity is best achieved when looking at your current way of working, identifying the bottlenecks, flaws, and hindrances, and then finding ways to improve.

9 Ground Rules on How to Be Productive at Work

1. Avoid Multitasking

Multitasking can give the impression that more tasks can be accomplished as you’re doing multiple things at once. However, the opposite is true.

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Research has shown that attempting to do several things at the same time takes a toll on productivity and that shifting between tasks can cost up to 40 percent of someone’s time.[1] That’s because your focus and concentration is constantly hindered due to having to switch between tasks.

If you have a lot of tasks on your plate, determine your priorities and allocate enough time for each task. That way you can work on what’s urgent first and have enough time to complete the rest of your tasks.

2. Turn off Notifications

According to a Gallup poll, more than 50 percent of US smartphone owners admit to checking their phones a few times an hour.[2]

Switching off your phone—or at least your notifications—during work hours is a good way to prevent you from checking your phone all the time.

The same applies to your computer. If you have the privilege of accessing social media on your work desktop, switch off the notifications on there.

Another good tip is to logout from your social media accounts. Therefore when you feel the urge to check it, you might be swayed because your page isn’t so easily accessible.

3. Manage Interruptions

There are certain disruptions in the office that are unavoidable such as your manager requesting a quick meeting or your colleague asking for assistance. In order to deal with this, your best approach is to know how to handle interruptions like a pro.

Be proactive and inform the people around you of your need to focus. Turn your status on as “busy/unavailable” on your work chat app.

If you’re on a deadline, let your colleagues know that you need to concentrate and would really appreciate not being interrupted for the moment, or even work from home if that’s a feasible option for you.

By anticipating and having a plan in place to manage them, this will minimize your chances of being affected by interruptions.

4. Eat the Frog

Mark Twain once famously said that:

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“if it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first.”

What this basically means is that you should get your biggest, most urgent task out of the way first.

We all have that big, important task that we don’t want to do but know we have to do because it holds the biggest consequence if we don’t complete it.

Eat the frog is a productivity technique that encourages you to do your most important, most undesirable task first. Completing this particular task before anything else will give you a huge sense of accomplishment. It will set the ball rolling for the rest of the day and motivate you to eagerly complete your other tasks.

5. Cut Down on Meetings

Meetings can use up a lot of time, which is time that can be used to do something useful.

You have to wait for everyone to arrive, then after the pleasantries are out of the way, you can finally get stuck into it. And sometimes, it may take a whole hour to iron out one single issue.

The alternative? Don’t arrange a meeting at all. You’ll be surprised at how many things can be resolved through an email or a quick phone call.

But that doesn’t mean you should eliminate meetings altogether. There are certain circumstances where face-to-face discussions and negotiations are still necessary. Just make sure you weigh up the options prior.

If it’s just information sharing, you’re probably better off sending an email; but if brainstorming or in-depth discussion is required, then an in-person meeting would be best.

6. Utilize Tools

Having the right tools to work with is crucial as you’re only really as good as the resources you have at your disposal. Not only will you be able to complete tasks as efficiently as possible, but they can streamline processes. Said processes are essential to a business as they manage tasks, keep employees connected, and hold important data.

If you’re the manager or business owner, ensure your team has the right tools in place.

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And if you’re an employee and think the tools you currently have to work with aren’t quite up to par, let your manager know. A good team leader understands the significance of having the right tools and how it can impact employee productivity.

Some examples of tools that could be used:

Communication
  • Slack for team chat and collaboration.
  • Samepage for video conference software.
  • Zendesk for customer service engagement.
Task Management
  • Zenkit for task and project collaboration.
  • Wunderlist for listing your to-do’s.
  • Wekan for an open source option.
Database Management
Time Tracking
  • Clockify for a free tracker.
  • TMetric for workspace integrations.
  • TimeCamp for attendance and productivity monitoring.

You can also take a look at these Top 10 Productivity Tools to Help You Achieve 10x More in Less Time.

7. Declutter and Organize

Having a disorganized and cluttered workspace can limit your ability to focus. According to researchers, physical clutter can negatively impact your ability to concentrate and take in information.[3] Which is why keeping your work environment well ordered and clutter-free is important.

Ensure you have your own system of organization so you know what to do when the paperwork starts to pile up.

Being organized will also ensure that you know where to find the appropriate stationery, tools, or documents when you need it. A US study reveals that the average worker can waste up to one week a year looking for misplaced items.[4]

Here’s a useful guide to help you declutter and organize: How to Declutter Your Life and Reduce Stress (The Ultimate Guide)

8. Take Breaks

Taking regular breaks is essential for maintaining productivity at work. Working in front of a computer can lead to a sedentary lifestyle which can place you at a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Even a 30 second microbreak can increase your productivity levels up to 30 percent.

As well as your physical health, breaks are also crucial for your mental and emotional wellbeing. That’s because your brain is like a muscle, the more it works without a break, the easier it is for it to get worn out.

Ensuring you actually take your breaks can prevent you from suffering from decision fatigue. It can also help boost creativity.

Take a look at this article and learn why you should start scheduling time for breaks: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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9. Drink Water

Although we know we should, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water during the working day.

Many of us turn to tea or coffee for the caffeine hit to keep us going. However, like taking breaks, drinking water is essential for maintaining productivity levels at work. It’s simple and effective.

Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and also headaches, tiredness, and weight gain.

A good tip to avoid dehydration is to keep a water bottle at your desk as it can serve as a reminder to constantly drink water.

If you find the taste of water a little bland, add some fruit such as cucumber or lemon to give it a better taste.

You can also get more ideas on how to drink more water here: How to Drink More Water (and Why You Should)

The Bottom Line

The preceding 9 ground rules on work productivity aren’t the be-all, end-all. You and the company you work for may have other tips on how productivity is best increased and maintained.

After all, it’s something that can be perceived differently depending on the exact job and work environment.

In saying that, however, the 9 ground rules serve as a good foundation for anyone finding themselves succumbing to disruption and distraction, and are looking for ways to overcome them.

A good tip to keep in mind is that change doesn’t happen overnight. Start small and be consistent. If you slip up, just dust yourself off and try again.

Developing habits happens gradually, so as long as you keep up with it, you’ll soon start to notice the changes you’ve been making and eventually enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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