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7 Signs You Are In An Enviable Working Environment

7 Signs You Are In An Enviable Working Environment

If you wake up dreading the thought of going in to work, it is probably safe to assume that you don’t enjoy the work you do or the environment in which you have to do it. Either scenario can be soul draining. However, since only you can decide what career you are passionate about, we will focus on how to find the best work environment to flourish in.

Your work will take up a good percentage of your life, so it is extremely important that you surround yourself with the right people, positive energy or mindset. These 7 signs will tell if you are working in an enviable environment or not.

1. Circular Leadership is encouraged.

In the past and even true for most companies today, success is too often determined by how fast you are able to move up the corporate ladder of labels and titles.

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However, if you find yourself in a company where all employees lead by their inspirations (what they do), not by hierarchies and titles, (who they are) then chances are, you are working in an enviable environment.

In this new age of ideas and technology, most forward thinking companies today have found value in promoting a culture of circular leadership. It is a truly inclusive culture, one that doesn’t limit our actions, talents and passions at work to the definitions and limits of our job titles.

2. You would almost work for free.

Most organizations falsely believe that their employees are driven solely by money. Yet many professionals would take a pay cut for a job that inspires and motivates them. When you find yourself in an organization you love so much that you would almost work for free, you are in an enviable work environment.

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3. Good Pay.

On the flip side, even if you love what you do and where you do it, you must still earn enough to take care and provide for your family. Good paying work is getting harder to find these days, even as some companies are recording massive profits. Any company that holds the financial welfare of its associates in high regard will most likely have an enviable work environment.

4. There is no micro managing

No one likes being told what to do. A nagging spouse is bad enough; but having a nagging boss at work can be even more frustrating. Micro managing implies a lack of trust in your associates, and where there is no trust, there can be no relationship. Companies with great work environments thrive and flourish by trusting their employees to exercise their natural ability to lead.

5. Communication is strong

Like trust, communication is another key ingredient when looking for an enviable work environment. Communication is important in any relationship and this means knowing when to offer praise, coach, discipline or even delegate work. When looking for a good place to work, a clue missed too often by new employees is how well the current associates interact and talk to one another.

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6. It is a label/Judgment free zone

We all have filters that not only affect the way we think, but also the way we treat other people. In an enviable work environment, all people are truly welcomed, loved, encouraged and accepted regardless of race, gender, color, religion, political affiliation, age or sexual orientation.

7. Your values match.

Looking for an enviable company to work for is all about comparing values. If you believe in Sunday worship or being home every night to tuck your kinds in, yet your company requires you to work weekends and nights; chances are you will not like your work environment.

The workplace should be fun and energetic. These seven signs will most likely be the envy of those who don’t find these scenarios in their workplace. However, with so much of our time spent at work or commuting to work, our life’s happiness can almost be determined by finding the right working environment. If you are currently not in your ideal situation, then you should either change the one you are in or keep looking.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

Work Smarter, Not Harder: 12 Ways to Work Smart

I imagine that like me, you say that you never have enough time and that you just cannot cope with 60 dozen things all at once.

How on earth do you get out of that spiral?

Many people never sit down and look at how to work smarter, rather than harder and even longer hours. But not you, you’re smart enough to try to learn effective ways to work.

So how to work smarter not harder? Here are 12 smart ways you should be following:

1. Improve Your Time Management Skills

Easier said than done? Well, no actually, because there are a few simple rules that can really help you to manage time better.

For example, when setting up a top priority task, you need to switch off the phone and ignore your email first. Then you need to abandon any ideas of multitasking as that will slow you down and ruin your focus.

Finally, set a reasonable deadline and do everything in your power to meet it.

“When you’re born, you’re born with 30,000 days. That’s it. The best strategic planning I can give to you is to think about that.” — Sir Ray Avery

2. Speed up Your Typing and Use Shortcuts

These days we’re all keyboard slaves. So why not speed up your typing and try to get rid of the two finger syndrome. In fact, when you save 21 days per year just by typing fast!

This is exactly what I am doing now, so I cannot honestly say I am practicing what I preach!

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But help is at hand. Try some of these apps and games to help you type fast: 8 Most Effective Games and Apps to Learn to Type Fast

Using shortcuts on the keyboard is another time saver and can speed up your work.

For example, press F2 to rename a selected file, while CTRL + I will put selected text in italics.

There are so many of these. If you make the effort to learn them, they really can be helpful.

3. Learn How to Use Productivity Tools

It is well worth downloading all the useful tools and apps that can highly boost your productivity. Take a look at these 18 Best Time Management Apps and Tools and install whatever fits your needs.

Now that is really a great way of working smarter, not harder.

4. Use Your Phone Wisely

Instead of writing emails, sometimes it’s better to pick up the phone and talk to the person responsible. It saves time, especially for important or urgent discussions.

If that colleague works in the same office, it is even better to go and talk to him or her. It gives you a break, you get some exercise and you actually make human contact which is becoming quite rare in this electronic world.

5. Keep a Tab on Your Tabs

If you are like me, you might well find that you have a ton of tabs open at the top of your browser.

In order to find the one you want, you have to search for them as they are off screen. Having all these tabs open slows down your browser too.

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One solution is to use OneTab which can keep a neat list on the screen of all these tabs when you want to quickly get to one of them or you want to remind yourself which ones you have open.

6. Use a “To Don’t” List

We all know about to do lists and I find that they are generally great. They give me a great sense of achievement as I cross off the tasks done.

But often, I find that we are doing non-essential tasks or ones that can easily be postponed. That is why many people recommend the to don’t list.[1]

Some people prefer to savagely prune the to do list while others prefer to have two separate lists, to do and to don’t. You just have to work out what works best for you when you are trying to save precious time to become more productive.

7. Expect Failure and Fight Paranoia

When failure rears its ugly head, some people get a bit paranoid and fear that this may become a trend.

Projects will go wrong and failure should be expected rather than feared. Learning lessons from failure and analyzing what went wrong is the best way forward.

“Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” — Richard Branson

And here you can find 10 Great Lessons Highly Successful People Have Learned From Failure.

8. Be Concise

Rambling on at meetings, in emails and even when introducing yourself to new clients can waste a lot of people’s time.

One way is to practice and sharpen your “elevator speech,”[2] which tells people in 30 seconds or less why they need your skills and how they can benefit from doing business with you.

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Just think of the many situations where this could be useful:

  • Making new contacts
  • Talking about yourself at a job interview
  • Meeting people at conferences or parties
  • Phone calls to new clients

9. Ask the Right Questions

“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” — Naguib Mahfouz

How do you get feedback? The secret is to ask the right questions at the right time.

When you do this, you are gathering the information you need to help in decision making. This will save you time and you will be able to cut meetings to a minimum.

Forbes magazine reports on research that they carried out on asking the right questions.[3] When that happens, the positive effects are increased by 400%. There are also other benefits in staff motivation and a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.

Lifehack’s CEO Leon has shared about how to ask for feedback to learn faster: How to Learn Quickly And Master Any Skill You Want

10. Learn as Much as You Can

You should always be on a steep learning curve. Look at your skills profile and determine where you need to fill a gap. Talk to important connections and network in your niche.

Keep up to date on trends and developments. It is a fact-changing world. When an opportunity arises, you will be the best equipped to seize it because you have never stopped learning. Just another way of working smarter.

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” — Mahatma Gandhi

11. Look After Your Greatest Resource

No, your greatest resource is not time. It is YOU.

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If you do not get enough sleep, exercise and relaxation, you find that you become less and less productive. You begin to work longer and longer hours, which is the exact opposite of what you want.

What you should be doing is making sure you are in the best shape. It is useful to remember that you need a break of 15 minutes after every one and a half hours of work.[4]

Taking breaks and getting fresh air and exercise is one of the best ways of working smarter, not harder.

12. Don’t Fall into the Trap of Working Smarter and Harder

As a society, we are obsessed with doing everything smarter so we are more efficient and we save time all around.[5]

But the most important thing to remember is to accept when we are ready to switch off that computer and not fill up the time with even more work!

The Bottom Line

The key to greater productivity is to work smarter, not harder. Working smarter saves precious time and energy for the things that really matter — your life goals, your personal growth, your health and your relationships.

Stop working for more hours and start working smarter!

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