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9 Things Your Boss Doesn’t Do And You Shouldn’t Do At Work Either

9 Things Your Boss Doesn’t Do And You Shouldn’t Do At Work Either

Set yourself up for success through paying attention and following your boss’s example. There are bad habits you may be doing that you need to get rid of in order to impress the boss. Your boss will sit up and pay attention to the new talent and hard worker that you are. Increase your productivity and earn your boss’s attention by working on getting rid of the following work habits.

You’re boss avoids:

1. Sending Lengthy, Talkative E-Mails.

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    E-mails should be short and succinct. Write in short, actionable sentences. Express what is needed without expounding on how the task needs to be done. Be concise and even stingy with your words. Get to the point and be done. Not only will the receiver appreciate the exactness of the correspondence, but you will save time as well.

    2. Being Overly Passive.

    Speak up when you need assistance or have an idea that you need to share. Passivity is really the commission of the “sin” of omission. By saying nothing or simply “going along,” the importance of your unique input and voice are effectively silenced. Stop letting others have their way. Speak up to make an effective change.

    3. Taking “No” for “Never”

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      Sometimes a “no” simply means “not now.” It may mean that the time is not ripe to start a particular project or implement a new idea. Practicing perseverance through a difficult situation means being determined enough to follow through at the proper time. Besides, you made the effort to pitch an idea; whether or not you get to act on it is less important.

      4. Never Thinking About The Competition.

      Keep your skill set up to date to not only stay ahead of the competition, but to add value to your experience. Track what competitors are doing to stay ahead or fill the gaps in places competitors aren’t fulfilling. Continuously think outside the box to offer products, plans, or services that the competition has failed to consider.

      5. Not Planning For The Future.

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        Forward planning helps you avoid some major career pitfalls. For example, thinking ahead prevents workplace accidents. Or imagine scenarios that bring about success, such as preparing to ask for a raise or the benefits to the company and you in requesting flextime. Planning for the future provides both insight and foresight into furthering your career.

        6. Fearing Leadership.

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          In fact, it is through being a leader that your boss is where they are today. Cultivate the qualities of passion, honesty, and respect in your journey toward leadership. In studying your boss, ask yourself, “What are the qualities that made them the leader they are today?” Be meticulous about cultivating and expounding on these leadership values in your own life.

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          7. Failing To Be Proactive About His or Her Career.

          Being proactive in the workplace means “beating” your path to success. You are acutely aware of the doors of opportunity as they open or close. Write down where you see yourself in two or three years in your career. Is it management? Or would you rather be somewhere else? What steps do you need to take to get there? Write and then act.

          8. Thinking Negatively.

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            The advice to think positively sounds almost clichéd. Practically everywhere you turn ,someone is offering this patent, yet wise advice. There is truth to the fact that your thinking drives your action. Positive thinking drives positive behavior and actions. There is no reason not to think positively. After all, you are as good as anyone else; sometimes worse, and most of the time better.

            9. Missing The Tiniest Detail.

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              The “devil” is indeed in the “details.” Being detail-oriented helps you not to miss opportunities as they are made available and avoid costly missteps. Paying attention to the details may keep your business from losing customers. Attention to detail is cultivated over time and through practice. More errors are caught earlier and corrected before causing an all out disaster.

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              Last Updated on December 10, 2019

              7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

              7 Strategies to Keep Employee Motivation High

              Highly motivated employees are essential to the success of any business. Most people spend a third of their lives at work.[1] That’s a significant amount of time away from home, apart from the people who make us happy and the things we love to do. So keeping employee motivation high is essential for creating an office environment that gets the best out of our people.

              But do you know what motivates your people?

              It’s simple:

              • Is their work stimulating?
              • Does it challenge them?
              • Is there room to grow, a promotion perhaps?
              • Do you encourage creativity?
              • Can they speak openly and honestly with you?
              • Do you praise them?
              • Do you trust your staff to take ownership of their work?
              • Do they feel safe in their work environment?
              • And more importantly, do you pay them properly?

              Every one of these factors contributes to the general happiness of your employees. It’s what motivates them to come into the office each day and work hard, hit goals, and get results.

              In contrast, an unmotivated employee is typically unhappy. They take more sick days, they’re not invested in seeing your business succeed, and they’re always on the lookout for something better.

              Stats show that 81 percent of employees would consider leaving their jobs today if the right opportunity presented itself.[2] So it’s up to you to set aside time and energy to create a work environment that benefits every one of your employees.

              These seven strategies will help you motivate your people to consistently deliver quality work and, more importantly, to stick around for the long term.

              1. Be Someone They Can Rely On

              You rely on your people to turn up to work each day, to come to you when they have a problem they can’t solve, to be honest, and to always engage professionally with customers.

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              But this is not a one-way street. You, too, need to be someone your team can rely on. They trust you to have their backs when a client is unreasonable, to know that the decisions they make are in your best interest, and to make good on your promises.

              If you say you’ll attend an important meeting, be there. If your company makes a profit and you’ve said you’ll pay a bonus, pay it. The goodwill of your people is something you never want to test, let alone lose.

              Be reliable; it’s astounding how much this motivates your people.

              2. Create an Awesome Company Culture

              There’s no denying that company culture trickles down from the top. Your leadership and attitude massively influences the attitudes, work ethic, and happiness of your staff. If you’re always stressed-out, overly demanding, and unreasonable, it’ll create tension in your office which will adversely affect your employees’ motivation levels.

              In fact, the HAYS “US What People Want Survey” found that 47 percent of staff who are actively looking for a new job, pinpoint company culture as the driving force behind their reason to leave.

              So if you have high staff turnover, you need to determine whether your company culture might be the motivating factor behind your churn rate.

              Here are four ways to build a culture that keeps your employees highly motivated.

              • Be conscious of the image you present. Your body language and attitude can positively or negatively impact your employees. So come to work energized. Be optimistic, friendly, and engaging—this enthusiasm will spill over to your people and motivate them to be more productive and efficient.
              • Appreciate your people and be reasonable. Celebrate your team’s achievements. If they’re doing a good job, tell them. Encourage them to challenge themselves and try new things. And reward when deserved. If they’re struggling, help them. Work together to find solutions and be a sounding board for their ideas.
              • Be flexible. Give your people opportunities to work remotely—this is highly motivating to staff, particularly millennials. They don’t want to be battling traffic each day on their way to work. They don’t want to miss their kids’ baseball games or ballet rehearsals. Stats show that companies that offer flextime and the ability to work from home or a coffee shop have happier and more productive employees.
              • Create employee-friendly work environments. These are spaces that inspire and ignite the imagination. Have you ever been to Google’s offices? No headquarter is the same. From indoor slides and food trucks, to hammocks, and funky work pods on the wall, gaming rooms, and tranquil interior gardens, there’s something for everyone. It’s a space where people want to be, catering to their need for creativity, quiet, or team building; you name it.

              So take a look at your company culture and ask yourself, Is my business an attractive workplace for talented professionals? Does it inspire commitment and motivate my people? What could I do to improve my company culture?

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              3. Touch Base with Your Team Weekly

              Make time for your people, whether you run a remote business or work in an office, set aside time each week to talk to your people one-on-one. It’s non-negotiable.

              When there’s an open line of communication between staff members, work gets done. Don’t believe me? A study by Gallup found that 26 percent of employees said feedback from their leaders helps them to do a better job.[3]

              Your people want to feel trusted. They want to take ownership of their work, but they also need to know that when they have a question, they can reach out and get answers. If you’re unwilling to make yourself available, your team will quickly become unmotivated, work will stagnate, and your business will stop growing.

              So block off time on your calendar each week to touch base with your people, even if only to let them know that what they’re working on matters.

              4. Give Them the Tools They Need to Do Their Jobs Well

              Imagine trying to run your business without electricity. How would you contact your clients? What would happen when your phone or computer battery died?

              Technology is super critical to the success of your businesses. It allows you to work more efficiently, to be more productive, and to handle matters on-the-go. That’s why you need to give your people tools that will make their jobs easier.

              Make sure their equipment is in good working condition. There’s nothing more frustrating than a laptop that takes ages to boot up. It’s got to go. Replace outdated software with new software. Don’t make your designer work in Coreldraw; give them access to the most up-to-date version of Adobe Creative Suite. Take it a step further and buy them a subscription to Shutterstock or Getty Images.

              Make working for you a pleasure, not a pain; and watch your employees’ motivation levels rise.

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              5. Provide Opportunities to Learn and Upskill

              Would you believe me if I told you that 33 percent of people cite boredom and a need for new challenges as the top reason for leaving their job?[4] If you want to retain your talent, you need to upskill.

              Thanks to technology, we live in a rapidly evolving world that demands we change with it. A copywriter is no longer just a writer; they now need to be experts in SEO, Google Adwords, CRMs, and so much more.

              A pastry chef needs to be a food stylist, photographer, and social media manager. An entrepreneur needs to be a marketer—or at least take ownership of the marketing message for their business—if they hope to scale.

              Technology makes all of this possible. No matter your location, your people can continuously expand their knowledge and gain new skill sets—something that’s highly motivating to employees. They want to know that there are opportunities to grow and develop themselves.

              If you won’t invest in your people, then your business becomes just another job to tide them over until they find where they truly belong. So be the company that sees value in developing its people.

              6. Monitor Their Workload

              Overworked employees tend to be unproductive and unhappy. Your people cannot be at full capacity every day, month to month. Something’s got to give. They’ll become deflated and their work will eventually suffer, which will negatively impact your business.

              What I like to do is implement a traffic light system. It helps me to keep a finger on the pulse of my business. So there’s red, yellow, and green:

              • Red means they’re fully loaded.
              • Yellow means they’re busy, but they can potentially take on more.
              • Green means they haven’t got enough to do.

              I use this traffic light system because I don’t want my team members to be stressed out of their brains all the time. If they are, they won’t make good decisions and they won’t do good work.

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              If my people are regularly overloaded, I have things to think about. Perhaps I need to hire a new person to help ease the load or take a closer look at what projects are good to go, and which can take a back seat.

              And this is why #3 is essential. If I’m regularly engaging with my people, I’ll know that while they’re coping with their workload, it is impacting their performance and health, and I’ll take action.

              7. Don’t Mess Around with Your Employees’ Pay

              Never mess around with your people’s salary. As a business owner or high-level manager, it’s easy to forget that most people live from paycheck to paycheck. Delayed compensation can mean a missed bill payment, which could result in costly penalties they can’t afford or hits to their credit score.

              So it’s your job to ensure that you pay your people on time.

              The Bottom Line

              A motivated team is an asset to any business. These people never give up. They get excited about coming to work each day and can’t wait to test a new theory or tackle a particularly tricky challenge. They’re proud of the work they do. And more importantly, they have no reason to leave.

              Wouldn’t you rather be part of their success story than the business that drove them away?

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