Do you live for 5 p.m. when “work” is over and “life” resumes? Think again. Life happens at work, and more so than ever. Americans spend more time—living and breathing at work—than any other people on our planet. According to International Labor Organization research, “Americans work 137 more hours per year than Japanese workers, 260 more hours per year than British workers, and 499 more hours per year than French workers.” Financial advisor G.E. Miller reveals: “The U.S. is the most overworked developed nation in the world.” Facing the overwork reality, can we make business, or work, worth living? Our work investment of hours upon hours ought to be valuable and rewarding. But how?
Have you had a good day? Each day brings unpredictable experiences. While it would be great to control things in order to avoid the devastating, negative, stressful, or annoying—the fact is, they may happen. Perhaps they incite an overwhelming burden of living in what some would call a “bad world”. Even though global, national and regional events influence this phenomenon, let’s address your individual (and local) experience. Do you contribute to your own “good day” and to a “good day” in your business, organization, or home? It’s in your approach: the foundation of a “good day” is focus on people.
On Good Days Everyone Is Important To Me
Everyone is important. Know your team and your co-workers. Treat them with respect. Listen when they speak, so you can understand them. Interact with them the way you’d like them to interact with your customers. When you sow good seed of genuine interest, respect, and professionalism, you will increase the probability of a “good day” experience.
Workflow is the way things get done. It happens daily, whether we design it or not. It consists of the steps from start to finish of any given process; it could be laundry, ironing and storing clothes as well as printing and assembling documents at work. Getting things done takes shape in our personal and work environments as productive, nonproductive, or worse—a waste of time. So why not design workflow to get the results we want? Continue reading