Monday, July 29, 2013

Does a Clean Work Space Matter? To You, It Should!

A recent survey by Adecco asked people what they thought of cleanliness at work. Among other results, Adecco found that:

-- 57 percent of Americans have judged coworkers on how clean or dirty they keep their work spaces
-- 42 percent of Americans have judged a coworker more negatively if his work space is dirty
-- 45 percent have judged coworkers more positively if their work spaces are clean
-- 73 percent of Americans think people are most productive when their work spaces are clean

So what? you say. Your Bad Boss already either ignores you or rails against you, who cares if your work space is clean or messy?

You! You should most definitely care, because not only do most others think people are more productive when their work spaces are clean, you definitely are more productive when you keep your work space in order.

You find things more easily, you don’t waste time moving piles from one place to another, you give yourself physical space to work in, which translates into more mental breathing room.

Plus, your co-workers are likely to think you’re more on the ball, and therefore someone they are more willing to cooperate with.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Turn the Stress of Your Bad Boss to Your Advantage!

The stress of your Bad Boss is killing you! It leaves you depressed, angry, anxious and who knows what else.

But what if you could turn that Bad-Boss-stress to your benefit? You can!

According to Heidi Grant Halvorson,New studies show that your mindset is the most important predictor of how stress affects you. If you believe it's bad for you, it will be. But you'll be happier, healthier, and more effective if you see the difficulties and challenges you face as opportunities to learn and grow, rather than as your ‘daily grind.’"

Start right now seeing your Bad Boss in a different light--as part of your upward and onward path--and thrive!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Grab Success--Rise Above the Level of Your Bad Boss’s Attention!

One way around a Bad Boss is to attract the attention of those higher up the food--pardon me--company, chain. A great way to do that is to turn out much better performance or productivity than expected. As in exceptional, off the wall, totally unexpected better performance or productivity.

Turning to your co-workers, whether or not you’re on a team, can raise both you and your team above the level of only your Bad Boss’s attention.

Scott Edinger talks about how; “On one very effective team I observed, for instance, software engineers were particularly deft at dividing up tasks in a way that would help the group reach the company's goals the fastest. They focused on who could most effectively get each task done even when that meant some people would have to give more effort and time than others.”

Your co-workers are in the same Bad Boss bind you are. Working together, you just might be able to turn the tables on said Bad Boss!