Archive for the ‘Company Culture Change’ Category

Complaining about work outside of work

Monday, July 27th, 2015

It’s become a national sport to go home and complain about the boss or coworkers or the job itself. A lot of times it’s accompanied by a muttered promise: “As soon as I find something else, I am outta here.”

Whenever I hear that, I think, “This person is projecting their own stuff. And if they quit, they’re probably not going to like the next job either. Or the job after that. Or the job after that.” The problem is…everywhere you go…there you are!

If you complain about someone instead of going directly to the person to fix the problem, you’re really hurting two people: The one who has to sit and listen to you, which is never fun, and the person you are talking down, because you are not helping them in any kind of productive way.

So the only person to complain about in this scenario…is you!

Integrity requires that we skip the eye-rolling conversations with teammates or spouses and instead put on our grown-up pants and go authentically to that person, and that person only, to make a specific request to make things better. It may seem like an impossibly scary thing, but if you approach honestly and with care, focused only on resolving the problem instead of casting blame, you’ll be amazed at what is possible.

You’ll also be amazed at how the clouds of negativity disperse from your own dinner table!

Engagement Is Low, But Awareness Is Sky-High

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The numbers on employee engagement are still pretty bad. But a 2012 report from Deloitte shows that the message is finally getting through about the importance of engagement.

94% of executives and 88% of employees now see workplace culture as important to business success. Better yet, 83% of executives and 84% of employees say that having engaged employees is the top factor contributing to a company’s success!

But when asked about the culture in their own companies, fewer than one in five executives and employees feel that their own workplace culture is healthy. They know it’s important, but they don’t see it around them.

Wherever you are in the company, YOU can start the turnaround. Lift up those around you with positive feedback and enthusiasm. Call it tight on dysfunctional behaviors. Commit to throwing your heart over the bar every day.

It’s contagious! Be the one who leads the way to the healthy culture most people KNOW is so important, and others WILL follow.

Turn Off The Tech In Meetings

Monday, June 15th, 2015

You know that message that plays before the movie begins in a theatre—the one that says to silence your cellphones? I’m beginning to think we need the same announcement in meetings.

Or maybe more like an airline—they need to be stowed in your carry-on before the meeting takes off!

In several recent surveys, over half of respondents admitted to checking their phones in meetings. But meetings are more productive and SHORTER when everyone is focused. Less time and money are wasted, and everyone gets back to their own work more quickly.

So in your next meeting, see if the chair will make a request of the gathered throng to put their phones, tablets, and other distractions out of sight for everyone’s sake.

Time To Resign From The Griper’s Club

Monday, June 1st, 2015

Employees complain. It’s a fact of business life, a way that people blow off steam. So you would think it would be all okay. Right?

But wait a minute. Go back and look at the posting. Did it say, “Can find all things wrong with management and the company and complain to those who can’t do a thing about it?

Not likely.

You were hired to solve the problems. So your membership in the Griper’s Club expires now.

Years ago, I had a great manager. He was brilliant. Cared about us. He just had one flaw. He often blamed “corporate.”

A few years after I left, this high-performing manager was fired. Why? Because he was complaining instead of moving ahead the situation.

Step up to bring solutions and sign up to help implement. THAT is what every job everywhere requires.

Controlling Your Work Environment

Monday, May 11th, 2015

The Harvard Business Review recently described a fascinating study on how the control you have over your workspace affects your satisfaction with your job. Listen to these stats:

98% of highly satisfied workers say their work environment allows them to concentrate. Only 15% of dissatisfied workers say it does.

96% of highly satisfied workers say they have a place for informal conversations with their colleagues. Only 35% of dissatisfied workers say that.

95% of highly satisfied workers say they can work without being interrupted. Only 13% of dissatisfied workers say that.

See the pattern here? Highly satisfied workers are more likely to have some control over their work environment.

So, what do you do if your workplace doesn’t give you that control—which is the norm? Unless you have a job that is only customer facing, ask your manager if you can post a sign that says, “focus time” that signals others that you are not to be bothered while you knock down a project that is important. Put others on notice that you’re in “lock down” and when you’ll come available again.