The working environment in these times is becoming an overload which often causes a distraction, as we struggle to cope with and focus on what is really important. The more focused we are, the more we can get done with a higher quality of work produced.
A basic method to increase quality of work is improving the ability to focus. Creating a sense of mindfulness of what one is doing helps to improve focus and at the same time increase the ability to produce meaningful accomplishments at the end of the day.
The stresses of the modern world and the demands of the workplace today are taking their toll on our lives. A very commonly used term these days without a proper understanding of what it means, the word BURNOUT is used to define a state of mental, physical and emotional exhaustion which may have an impact on us at some point of our lives, due to the extraordinary pressures and tension levels we are facing.
Retaining talent is critical to the long term success of a company. Managers spend a lot of time, effort and money in the hiring process to screen and select the best possible employees and they definitely need to retain that talent.
Employee turnover has a high associated cost and various estimates show what that could be. According to a study by the Society for Human Resource Management, employers need to spend the equivalent of six to nine months of an employee’s salary in order to find and train their replacement.
Change is a constant in today’s job market and keeping abreast with the new requirements is critical to job success. Nothing remains forever and with the rapidly changing job environment and the advancement of technology in today’s world, it is only natural that employers are also looking for new and changing job skills in their work force.
The year has begun. Goal setting processes have started and maybe still in progress. However why not try it out in a new fashion to make it more effective by utilizing the Domino Effect.
In basic terms the Domino Effect is when one event causes another similar event to happen, which again in turn causes another event to take place and so on ………… The Domino effect not only takes advantage of some of the core principles of human behaviour ie commitment levels and consistency but also enforces the fact that if a person commits to a goal or proposal, than they will focus on achieving that goal as they link it to their own self esteem to do so.
In all work environments the pressures ebb and flow, during different times of the year, new product launches etc. other activities depending on the business and function you are working in. At times we feel that we are in control of our work and that’s good, but at other times we are lost when unexpected issues, setbacks or pressures from colleague’s absence may cause tensions and stress. It is in such scenarios that if you keep your focus and manage our productivity levels that you can easily come out on top.
Who does not want to be successful ? I am sure you do. We all do so in the different walks of our life, be it our education, jobs, physical fitness, personal lives etc. Not only that, we also link it to our level of happiness. But when we really sit down to assess how to go about it; we tend to back off, as it all seems to involve a lot of work.
However, some latest Harvard research shows us a fun way to do it. The researcher and author of the best seller ‘The happiness advantage’ Shawn Achor demonstrates that success does not bring happiness – but rather the reverse – it is happiness that breeds success. His research focused on those who were out of the norm – the outliers. For example, why, when an entire sales force has low sales numbers there are a few with extraordinarily high numbers. Or, in a class where academic marks are below average, there are a couple of students with outstanding results.
It is a general tendency in human beings to place value in their material possessions, interests and skills – often forgetting the most important thing that they should be valuing ie THEM SELF. We tend to focus on comparing and measuring ourselves against others in the same field instead of focusing on our own inherent skills, experience and what we can offer and deliver.
What we do not realize is that if we do not value our self enough we are less likely to succeed at any role that you can imagine, be it your workplace, home, other personal roles in your life etc.