At a time where the demand for transparent communication in the workplace is at a premium, employees are not speaking-up enough. How you express your opinions at work or not is a direct reflection upon how people experience who you are and what you represent as a team member, department leader and as an individual. Your voice defines the value you bring to the organization. In most cases, your identity is misrepresented because your voice does not consistently communicate what is really on your mind. If this sounds too familiar, it is apparent that you are not performing at your most optimum levels.
The ongoing political dynamics in the workplace makes it easy for employees to voice their opinion. For example, the next time you are in a meeting, ask yourself, “Who is really adding value to the goals of the conversation?” In a meeting of five people you are lucky if more than two consistently deliver. In fact, how many times has someone said to you in a meeting, “That’s a great idea you should do something with it.” What happens? More often than not, the idea remains dormant and then it dies.
Did someone hold you accountable to act upon the idea? Were the other people in the meeting paying attention to the opportunity that was presented to you?In today’s workplace, more people are keeping quiet and are just going with the flow — thinking that this is the best way to advance, get noticed and / or win the political gaming that takes place at work. For others, it is a survival mechanism.
Strange Random Speaking Quote:
‘Of those who say nothing, few are silent.’ – Thomas Neiel
- Getting Employees to Speak Up, Not Complain Behind the Scenes (themarlincompany.com)
- For Dummies | Skills and Personal Qualities that Employers Want (jobmarketmonitor.com)
- Are Your Employees Scared to Innovate? (openforum.com)
- Nine Things Never to Say to Your Boss (marionmn.wordpress.com)
- Is the Workplace Causing Employee Obesity? (notsocorporatewellness.wordpress.com)
- 6 Intangibles Make You A Premium (smallbiztrends.com)
JACK IN the proverb “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” was unlikely to have been Australian. Most Australians are happy with the number of hours they work each week and believe they are achieving the right work/life balance. But a new report also found that nearly a quarter of workers would prefer fewer hours on the job to be able to participate in recreational and social activities or just have free time. The Australian Bureau of Statistics latest social trends survey, released today, found that in 2007 65 per cent of the workers aged 15 years or older felt they were working close to their preferred number of hours. However, 14 per cent of those surveyed between April and July 2007 wanted to work more hours, while 21 per cent would prefer to be working fewer hours, deemed as overemployed.
Strange Random Work Quote:
No bees, no honey; no work, no money. – Proverb
- Employees see wages cut, hours increased (simplybusiness.co.uk)
- How Does Working Too Much Overtime Affect Employees? (brighthub.com)
- The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss (helpwithdebtnow.com)
- 5 Office Habits to Keep When Working From Home (wisebread.com)
- The Best Type of Work Schedule (brighthub.com)
- How Many Work Hours are Enough? (powerofslow.wordpress.com)
- 3 tips for getting more done in fewer hours (gigaom.com)