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I would first like to apologize for my absence. I have been
going through a few things which have pushed me away from posting
as of late.
I deal with anxiety and depression, and on top of...
I would first like to apologize for my absence. I have been going through a few things which have pushed me away from posting as of late.
I deal with anxiety and depression, and on top of that, I also suffer from Non-Compaction, Cardiomyopathy. In short, my heart is failing.
So why do I tell you this?
Every day I get to choose whether I am going to fight, or lay down. And you do too. We all face struggles, some big and some small. Yours might not be health related like mine. It could be a stressful work environment or money troubles. Or maybe even relationship issues and you just don't know if it will end.
But I will tell you this. YOU get to choose what happens. YOU get to decide on what happens next. Will YOU lay down? Or will YOU fight?!
Forget tomorrow. Tomorrow has no impact on today. And forget the past! The past all too often over shadows our possible future, and why? Because we let it! Don't! What's done is done, and there is nothing you can do to change what happened.
But you can change what happens today, right now, at this very moment!
You can either be defeated and quit. Or become the VICTOR of today. And once you decide to become the victor for today, you can do it again tomorrow, and the next day and the next. Until soon, you will look back on the year you have had and realize how amazing it was because of what YOU did in a day!
I know it's hard sometimes. Believe me, I get it. Don't be a quitter. Keep fighting! Your life depends on it. Everything you do can change in an instant if you focus on today and don't fret about what tomorrow might bring or what you already did.
Go. Be a VICTOR! Take charge of your life - and DO NOT QUIT!
I will see you out there my friends!
Tell me if this little scenario hits a familiar chord with
You get to work. You're not sure what is about to happen today,
but you are positive if it's like all the rest, it doesn'...
Tell me if this little scenario hits a familiar chord with you...
You get to work. You're not sure what is about to happen today, but you are positive if it's like all the rest, it doesn't matter how prepared you are. Something bad is going to go down!
Does any of that sound familiar? It has for my wife (and even me sometimes) when she has worked at previous career jobs. Being the boss of something doesn't always mean life is wonderful and amazing. There are responsibilities that no one else has to think of, other human beings that need to be organized so that the day can run smoothly. The list goes on.
But that isn't actually the worst part. The worst part of the job for her is not being in control of what happens to her. She can be in complete control and tell everyone under her what needs to happen and assign responsibilities, but unfortunately, upper management is giving her what she needs to be confident and safe at work. The less control you have, the more stress you endure.
Stress is a common part of work these days, you just can't avoid it. I don't care how good you think you have it, stress will poke it's head out at the moment you least expect and trip you up. And for a lot of us, there is an added layer of stress that makes our work unbearable at times. It is this stress that I am referring too. You have to feel control in order to eliminate undue stress from your work and also from life in general. Have you ever caught yourself coming home from work, feeling the strain of the day, and unloading it onto those you love? That wouldn't typically happen if you had a little control. This problem solves itself when our leaders show us what we can take control of. When we are given the right tools to get a job done or when we are told that we are doing it right. But not having any guidance, or feeling like a headless chicken just praying you did something right will stress you out big time!
When you have a grip and feel like there is more control in your workplace, or when you feel empowered to make those decisions that are important instead of waiting for someone else to hopefully guide you - you will not suffer the same stress as the other guy/girl who doesn't have those things. Furthermore, when you go home, you will be much more satisfied with your time spent at work and the people around you will benefit too.
So what am I saying? Go yell at your supervisor because they aren't giving you enough power to control your own destiny?! No. Although that would be an interesting conversation I am sure!
Instead, I am saying to go into your workplace tomorrow and start taking control over what you can. Even if that feels like not much at all, the mere fact that you are taking some initiative will, if nothing else, save your own sanity. Maybe even approach your supervisor and let them know of your new plan to accomplish this task in a certain way that differs from the "norm". Whatever it is - do it with a sense of pride. Do it for your family. Do it for you. Do it for the company you want to love coming to work for like you did when you first got hired. Remember that passion? It can still be there - but you need to get a grip and take control back over your own life again!
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If you have read any of my posts so far, you probably already
know that I am not referring to someone that works with harsh
chemicals, or explosives. (Although that is dangerous!)
I am in...
If you have read any of my posts so far, you probably already know that I am not referring to someone that works with harsh chemicals, or explosives. (Although that is dangerous!)
I am instead referring to a whole new level of danger. One that many of us probably do not think about on a day to day basis, and yet, experience it on some level all the time without even realizing that is as dangerous as I am making it out to be. So - what could this danger be?
I am talking about work safety. Not the kind where you need to make sure you wear your protective eyewear, but more so of the dangers of working with others.
There are plenty of moments where we can feel isolated, humiliated, pressured, insecure, on guard, rejected and of course, stressed. We all feel these from time to time, but where those come from are not exactly a mystery - at least not anymore. You might be surprised if I pointed out the obvious, which is that these feelings all come from our inner workplace. (Strange way of saying that isn't it?) I say inner because the company we work for has two forces. There is the inner, as just mentioned, and the outer. The outer is everything that happens to a company. Sales, stock market changes, new technology, weather and everything else you can think of. Inner, however, is all about what happens inside the company. New employees, old employees retiring or quitting, policy changes, wages, politics, and the list goes on.
So what is so dangerous about the inner workplace? Sadly, a lot of our negative experiences come from the people we work with. It's not the task at hand that makes us feel nervous or scared. It's what will happen if we miss the deadline or don't perform. Even then, what will happen is the consequence, but it's coming from a person we work with or for. All those harsh realities come from the people we have to look up to, to figure if we did a good job this time or not. If there is a lack of trust between the leaders of the company and those doing the work, then these negative aspects are magnified 10 fold.
How do we then turn this into a positive vibe where everyone can feel like they are valued and trusted? I am glad you asked.
Leaders that really want to lead instead of boss people around, should really start thinking about how they can protect the people they work with. Anyone can bark orders and push people around and feel like they are king of the castle (or queen!), but a real leader is one that takes themselves out of the equation and looks at everyone they are responsible for and figures out a way to make them feel accepted and appreciated.
When we don't take care of the people in out circle, those that we are responsible for, we force the employees to migrate into smaller huddles. They will gravitate to people who they see eye-to-eye with and stay there because there is always that feeling of safety in numbers. No one wants to feel alone, especially when their job is on the line. Their work output will suffer and their fears will multiply. Animosity will grow towards the person or people that made them feel this way, and before you know it, they have either walked out the door or done something to make the company suffer as a form of payback. The crummy part is that employee was probably worth keeping around - bit now it is too late.
Employees need a sense of belonging. They need to know that they are cared for, no matter what happens. The isolation goes away, work returns to a solid and steady outflow and the company will generally claim the reward because of it. But this applies to the leaders too. They also need protection from people above them. So as you can see, this whole process has to be seen and used by the entire company for it work effectively. We are all human at the end of the day, and we all have a life to deal with outside of the workplace. We should try our best to make the office or wherever you are a safer place to work that doesn't feel so dangerous anymore.
There are many of us that have, do, or quite possibly will enter
into a workforce that requires a certain responsibility of work
done. This could be a factory line, store employee, accountant,
There are many of us that have, do, or quite possibly will enter into a workforce that requires a certain responsibility of work done. This could be a factory line, store employee, accountant, salesman - or any number of work types. An expectation of output is required in order to call the work day successful, or in order to say that the company has been hitting the numbers needed to say it will be profitable. But for those of us on the ground, the workforce behind it all, what if the work day could look a little differently? What if Trust was the new standard?
Trust comes from a place of upper management loosening the reigns a little on those that they oversee. This requires leadership of a certain caliber, to understand that too many hands-on tactics can actually ruin the worker that is so desperately being pressured to perform. Anyone can bark orders or always be present to make sure things are done to the boss' liking. But those of us that can trust the people they oversee, they are the ones that will see results that far surpass those that cannot let go.
Trust starts with empathy. Empathy can go a long way when it comes to the people you oversee. Realizing that the individuals around you are not machines, and that life happens to them too will change a whole lot about who you can treat them. But the only way to have empathy is to listen. I mean really hear them out. Sure, complaints about the job are always a "thing" in any work environment, but those that speak from the heart will show you a path to empathy that you might have never known about otherwise.
Of course, in order to make any of this work, it has to be actionable. There needs to be a reaction to the words being heard. We can't simply say "so sorry that's happening...good luck to you!" This will only end up bad for the listeners. When employees present cases of how they feel things can change for the better, or struggles they are having on the job, it might be time to consider doing something that changes their tune.
Employees that now suddenly feel heard and cared about, tend to represent themselves with pride instead of showing up because they have to punch the clock. Being a boss (on any level) can and will have challenges, but they will get easier when you see a group of employees that actually want to be there. And just for the company - now they want to be there for each other! Imagine that. Coming into work because you actually cared about the man or woman beside you. Because working wasn't working for the company anymore, it was working for the team, or family you are now suddenly apart of.
So for all the leaders out there, and you know who you are. Perhaps it's time to take another look at who you are trying to lead. Do you listen to them? Do you do your best to help them? OR are you just cracking the whip because you think that this is how results are made? I hope this quick blog has changed your mind on that or at least made you curious to see for yourself...