At times when at work, do you find yourself thinking you’re in the middle of a zoo? Perhaps your fellow employees are taking on traits more associated with their distant primate relatives? It might be because you are experiencing a particularly busy time in your industry. Or you are experiencing and trying to support growth in your organization. How you and others handle and react to situations may seem chaotic at first, but you and your organization can learn to adapt.
Evidence-based decision making is the future of growing organizations. The ability to confidently guide the direction of your organization by being able to measure and know fundamentally more about it will be the trademark of future success stories. And all because of data.
Big data can improve predictions, drive sales, cut costs, streamline processes, uncover new markets, increase performance and lead to better customer service.
Organizations with managers who act on better logic and evidence will supersede the competition.
It’s fact that data-driven organizations have distinct advantages over intuition-based, old-school or by-the-seat-of-your-pants organizations. They have a greater ability to craft better strategies, uncover new markets, and keep operating costs low among other things.
However, there’s a big difference between having data and being able to use it effectively and see results from it. Many organizations today are data rich, but information poor. Their data says nothing and adds nothing to their organization.
When you pull into the parking lot of work, how do you feel? Happy to see co-workers? Excited for the projects you’re working on? Or are you slow to open the door and wish you could just start the car and head back home?
I have a friend who told me once that she fantasizes about turning onto the on ramp for the highway when she passes it on the way to her office. She imagines just driving – going anywhere but work.
Does your job make you miserable? Unhappy? Frustrated? Drained? Unmotivated?
Meetings are a necessary evil. Decisions need to be made, tasks need to be assigned, and problem-solving needs to happen. Sometimes the only way for that to get done is through a meeting.
While most of us already dread meetings – pulling you away from work that needs to get done now, going longer than needed, agendas not followed – they are often made even worse by the people invited to be in them.
You may not always have a say in who attends meetings, but if you do, try to keep these five types of co-workers off the guest list.
I think we’d all like to believe that self-esteem issues are problems you have when you’re 16 and worried that you’ll get a zit right before the big dance. But that’s not the case.
Unfortunately, self-esteem issues tend to plague you long after high school and can cause not-so-small problems in the workplace. Here’s how.
I hear lots of people out there grumble about e-mail. They’re complaints are varied: people don’t respond fast enough, they aren’t clear in their messages, the subject lines are vague, they ramble, yadda, yadda.
However, the underlying problem of most e-mail issues has nothing to do with the actual sending or receiving of e-mails, it has to do with the fact that many people use e-mail when they shouldn’t.
Ok, I may have exaggerated a bit. However, it is true that leaders are falling back into the shadows of the business world. They are no longer the saviours they once were.
While not disappearing entirely, someone else is stepping forward who will have a bigger, better impact on organizations.
Who is this?
I hear you now, “Managers?! Are you kidding? A manager is nothing new and what makes them better than leaders?”
It’s true – managers are nothing new. But hey, everything old is new again right?
I’m talking about the Manager 2.0.
Do you think a co-op student can do your job?
Of course not. How ridiculous – you’ve been educated, trained and have years of experience.
But don’t be so sure that everyone feels the same.
A friend of mine was recently laid off from her job at a large technology firm. A casualty of downsizing – her entire division was let go. She was devastated.
And then she was angry.
Not because of being let go. No – it was when she found out her exact job description was being listed and they were looking for a co-op student to fill it.
Do you clearly know what you’re supposed to be doing?
Whatever you’re working on right now – do you know how it contributes to the success of your organization?
Do you feel that your time and energy is best utilized doing the tasks you’ve been given?
In Towers Watson’s 2012 Global Workforce Study – Engagement at Risk: Driving Strong Performance in a Volatile Global Environment, they found that major causes of stress and anxiety in workplaces were unclear goals, and skills and abilities not being properly matched to required work.