"A 2014 survey from About.com found the top three reasons why people do not like their jobs — accounting for 62 percent of responses — were communication related. The biggest issue, a lack of direction from management, was followed by poor communication overall, and constant change that is not well communicated.
Under-communication, lack of communication, miscommunication, whatever you want to call it, is a widespread and detrimental problem."
I know when I feel a significant lack of communication, I usually respond by starting to look around. My experience tells me when that sort of thing happens, it's followed by lots of things that I'd rather not be around to experience. You might think that paranoid, I'd call it experienced.
"Although some people share company news and social media posts on their own, most do not. LinkedIn did a recent study and concluded that only 2 perecent of employees post company messages and campaigns on social media. Which leaves a staggering number of employees who are not posting.
Choir, a new social media tool, is tackling this issue by providing employers with the ability to post on your behalf on social networks like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Employees need to give their permission first through a permission request email, but once that is done, your company could post from your accounts at will."
Yeah, no. I don't think so. The problem is not so much that I don't ever want to promote the organization I work for on my social network profiles, because I've shared many an article and announcement on my profiles that I think the people who follow me would be interested in, but that' the thing. Those followers are my audience as an individual, and I want to be able to actually decide on a case by case basis whether to post anything put out by my company, not have them decide for me.
A pretty good list, for anyone who is looking to improve their professional lives. Especially key for young professionals to understand that these 10 things matter, regardless of what your "job" is. Without them, you'll never get anywhere.
" We might be working longer simply because we’re so unproductive.
On our mobile devices, we’re doing two damaging things constantly:
Multitasking destroys our productivity, our brains simply can’t handle it, and context switching makes us constantly lose what we were doing and restart."
This sounds about right. Even working from home without the in-person interruptions you get in a cubicle, I still find myself getting emails, Skype messages, phone calls, and then having to go back to what I was doing before. It's not a good way to get anything done efficiently. At the same time, I recently had to complete a health assessment survey, and they asked about work stress. One of the questions:
In the last 4 weeks (28 days), how many times did you either arrive early, work late, or work on a day you were scheduled to be off.
I had to enter a number, "Yes, all of the above, all the time" was not an available answer, but it was the accurate one.
Lots of good information in this article. Check it out, and think about what you're doing to yourself.
These are good, and really they are three aspects of the same issue, communication. As a remote worker myself for the last few years, it is incredibly easy to feel cut off from the rest of the organization unless everyone involved makes a concerted effort to communicate.
This goes double, triple, or more if the company is going through a lot of changes. As a remote worker, you don't have a grapevine or water cooler where you find out what's going on, or how other people are feeling about things. The only thing you have are the communications from your own team. If those are lacking, it's easy to feel forgotten and unappreciated.
How do you stay in touch with remote teams?
Really, what else is there to say? Working long hours may make us feel important, but it doesn't help us do better work. A lack of sleep absolutely affects out ability to make good decisions, do quality work and a host of other things.
Just stop it.
As you may know by now, I'm a big fan of taking care of yourself when it comes to learning new skills, getting training and taking care of your career. Therefore, it'll come as no surprise that I agree with the tips given in this article.
As much as we'd like to think that our employers would take an interest in growing the skills of the people who work for them, the reality is that there is a lot of bad management out there, and sometimes the company has a vested interest in keeping employees right where they are, not in teaching them new skills.
So don't let someone else decide how your knowledge and skills will develop, take charge of your own growth!
"Americans still only take about half their paid time off. Not taking all your vacation days hurts your brain function and poses other serious health risks."
Whenever I've been in Europe or Australia for a class, or had someone from another country in one of our classes here, they are always stunned by how little vacation time Americans actually get, and they wonder how we don't all go nuts. Yet the reality is, even with the measly amount we have, we only use half of it? Sad...
Always interesting to come across something from a therapy blog, and see how clearly it plays out in a professional environment. Cognitive Distortions exist everywhere, but they can really hurt you in your career. Take a look at some of the things listed in here and think about how you may be blinded by your own distortions when it comes to your career, and how you see yourself succeeding or failing, versus how you really are performing.
Can't say enough about the importance of considering your personal brand when it comes to social networks, blogs, and other online presence. There simply is no excuse these days for not networking, connecting with folks in your industry and using these tools in some way to show off your knowledge and skills. It absolutely helps you stand out when a recruiter or potential employer can look back at years worth of posts and gain insight into how you think how you solve problems, how you interact with others that they can't get in an interview with other candidates.
Of course, that also assumes you're not ruining your brand on social media too, but you know better than that, right?
This makes sense. I had not ever thought about it before but thinking about hiring a woman versus a man, and whether the woman is up to the challenge, looks a whole lot different when it's your daughter, sister, etc.
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