What Prevents You from Doing Your Job Well?


From time to time, perhaps it’s a good idea to rid ourselves of distractions that prevent us from doing our jobs well. Oftentimes, I allow myself to be distracted by things that are either in my control or not. For example, I should have my cell phone off while at work. If anything is really urgent, as in a medical emergency, my nearest and dearest know my work phone. You may think that a simple text is not distracting but consider that you answer a text which involves a social situation with one of your friends. It’s not necessarily the text that’s distracting or your reply, but it’s thinking about the situation afterward. If it doesn’t bother you and you can jump back in your work like a horse with blinders on, then this is not a problem for you.

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Is Your Job Description Endless?

SigningOnWhen we apply for or accept a new job, there usually is a job description, which outlines formal duties expected of the position. Once hired, you are expected to perform them with a yearly check up, also known as Employee Appraisals or Performance Reviews to see how you’ve measured up. When one is new, it’s all you can do to become acquainted with the culture, people, and protocols of a new company on top of your individual responsibilities (duties). That being said, it takes a good year or two to really settle in comfortably.

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What Have You Achieved Today?

Time management and self-discipline are two things that that many employees struggle with at work and in their everyday lives (myself included). There is often a significant breakdown between intentions and behaviors that keep individuals from accomplishing all of the amazing things they intend to do. For example, say you are excited to start a new exercise routine. Perhaps you buy a new DVD to work out at home or get a new gym membership to start your plan to get healthy. What is it, then, that gets in the way of following through on the plan? Laziness? Maybe. However, it’s probably more than that. Continue Reading →

A Case of the Mondays

How often do you feel as though you are not only disengaged with work, but just barely surviving the week? Many employees feel as though they have a “case of the Mondays” almost every day of the week. They wake up begrudgingly and extremely tired, do what they have to in order to look presentable at the office (usually the bare minimum effort required), drive in to work, sit down at their desks, and day dream until they are permitted to go home to their real life where they watch t.v. until it’s time to go to bed and start over again. Obviously, there are many problems with this, beyond the negative impact on job performance.

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Go Home!

What boss do you know that tells you to go home rather than staying at the office? Well, believe it or not, it is the smart managers that are encouraging their employees not to log long hours at the desk. Organizations are now being encouraged to push their employees to not work over hours if it can be avoided. Continue Reading →

Employee Engagement and Work-Life Policies

As we continue to move forward toward a business world that requires longer hours and increased work load, the need for work-life balance becomes increasingly important. Employees want to be able to balance both work and family life in the easiest way possible. Organizations have begun to create policies that allow for employees to establish more flexible schedules. What are these policies and do they work? Continue Reading →

A 25 Hour Work Week: Crazy or Clever?

Recent news about  a controversial proposal by James W. Vaupel (a Danish professor who is the head of the new Max-Planck Odense Center on the Biodemography of Aging) that a 25 hour work week would be a better alternative to the 40 hour work week has stirred up conversation within the working world. This idea reflects on efforts to improve employee work-life balance while capitalizing on patterns of work productivity. Continue Reading →

The Juggling Act

It is no secret that juggling work and family is difficult. We all know that trying to balance these two parts of our worlds can be stressful and at times seemingly impossible. How can we improve our work and family life balance? Continue Reading →

Reminder: Meeting in 5 minutes

How often does your computer pop-up with a reminder that there is a meeting you need to attend? What is the general purpose of the meetings we attend in the workplace? How long do these meetings last and how regularly are we having meetings? Continue Reading →

Perceptions Toward Rest Breaks

Consider the amount of time you spend on a computer each day. As computer use increases in the typical workplace, the number of health problems will also increase. We cause our bodies a great deal of strain when we work at a computer for 8+ hours a day. The National Institute of Occupational Health & Safety (NIOSH) recommends taking a rest break for five minutes for every hour spent on the computer. Continue Reading →