Management tip: avoid blue lights, lots of thinking before heading to bed. Aim instead for a walk, listening to music or washing dishes.
Interesting management tip of the day from HRB: when planning your holiday, do not go to the same usual place you know but try something new. Research demonstrates that experience discomfort and learning how to handle it renders people more open towards novelties (circumstances, people and experiences) and ultimately with colleagues and clients.
Experiencing other cultures, having international friendships as well as studying languages are all linked to unconventional problem solving skills.
In case of nasty e-mail, better off to talk to your colleague in person. Stay calm and avoid judgements.
15-minutes slots of silence and solitude are some of the best countermeasures to fight long days of work and strong focus.
We’ll be eventually all replaced by younger peers. Best approaches would be to soak up on their fresh knowledge and avoid the “back in my days” statements, which may further you even more.
Some fears are justified (e.g. running out of time), others are not (being booed by your audience).
You’d better write on paper (A) your fears, (B) the worst thing that could happen to you and (C) the best outcome you may ask for.
When you are a manager and you are replying on weekends, you are indirectly setting expectations for your coworkers (“My boss is working, so I need to work, too.” ).
So either you prepare these e-mails and send them out on Monday morning or you add a disclaimer to your coworkers to not mind the e-mail.
As showed by research, we find our jobs more fulfilling if we have positive relationships with the people around us; so why not contributing to it? E.g. what about organising a social event among colleagues, or offering help to a new/younger employee at your company?
Can’t say no to new requests?
Here some wording that may help you:
- “I’m swamped right now, but feel free to follow up”…
- “This isn’t in my wheelhouse, but I know someone who might be helpful”…
- “If I helped you, I’d be letting others down”
When solving an IT-issue, requiring an 11th suggestions frm someone on the same field may not always bear it s fruit. What about asking a tip to someone outside your job range?