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The Third Thing

Article Review   by:MyCareerJourney     Original Author: Kariyer Yolculugum
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Workplace stress is fast becoming the plague of the 21st century.
You could fill your house with references on why this is so, but that's
for the academics. We haven't got the time or the will to analyse it
all. But what is important is how to you may avoid it.
Basically, you need to work smarter, not harder. Here are a few
tips on doing just this.
- Pick out the key issues of your work. Identify and work on the
important, priority items; the ones that will progress your career.
This is the stuff you should be focusing your efforts on in order to
make an impact; everything else is just treading water.
- However, you can't just ignore the routine stuff. This you should
either systematise, delegate or ignore. Having a systematic way of
doing the everyday stuff gets it done quicker, more efficiently and
with far fewer errors or wasted thinking time. Write all your
procedures down, if it helps to get it clear in your own head. Then
look for ways to simplify it. Once it is systematised, it is easier to
delegate as well.
- Don't let people dump work on you. It's just laziness. Get them to
take it to the boss (unless you are the boss), or suggest someone
else is better qualified to do whatever it is. Just get them out of
your space. Offer suggestions by all means - two heads are better
than one - but don't do the work for them. They will usually find a
solution if forced to.
- Delegate upwards. If you have tricky tasks to do, new stuff or
things that require a lot of donkey work on your part, there are
certain ways around it.
Ask your boss for help, guidance and support. In the modern
organisation, that is what they are there for, anyway.
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They will often ask you to "stick with it for now" or "do your
best" - and then promptly forget about it. In which case, you are
surprised, are you not, that they should shun an opportunity to
improve efficiency and effectiveness by giving you the support
you need.
· Ask for training. You'd be surprised what modern software can
do these days; you just need to know where to look.
· Tell your boss it is really someone else's job and outside of your
remit. You would do it as a favour, but as it stands, it is just too
time-consuming.
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The Fourth Thing They Never Tell You
"They don't really mean it"
"They" applies more to senior than to middle managers. When
they get ratty or annoyed, they often don't really mean it.
Let's begin with the basics. There are 3 types of person in the
world:
- Those for whom the job comes first, regardless of who suffers or
indeed who does it.
- Those who believe you should care for your people first and only
do the job within such comfort zones.
- Those who don't care about the job or the people, so long as they
are in control.
The latter category is the most dangerous. These are the
politicians and the senior managers of the world and they achieve
their position through a craving for power. The nature and success
of both the people and the job are irrelevant, so long as they have
the whip hand.
Many, many tactics are employed to enforce this. Getting angry is
just one of them. A bit of well-placed rage can work wonders on the
vulnerable and the more sensitive - which typically includes
everybody else.
However, standing up to them will not break the façade.
Maintaining a show of strength in all weathers is paramount to them.
You just have to see it for what it is - play-acting - and take it in your
stride.
Published: April 20, 2010   
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