Dealing With Bad Work Habits

Social Media Training Project sponsored by the US Embassy in Accra

When it comes to work, you have no excuse to allow any other thing to distract you.

Many people engage in various activities which do not help them to achieve their objectives. Constantly checking email,Facebook or Twitter

Social networking sites have become the biggest challenge of most employees these days.

Are you one of those who can not stay away from your personal email account and social networking sites?

Most workers usually surf social networking sites such as facebook, Youtube, My Space, Twitter immediately they sit behind their desks.

Some workers have become addicted to some of these social networking sites and spend so many working hours browsing, updating, commenting or either posting comments or pictures.

An expert, David Rock Drof, author of “Your Brain at Work” says social interaction is addictive because it activates the rewards center of our brains and that connecting to people is similar to eating chocolate.

“The more you do it, the more you want it,” he explained. “That’s when it becomes distracting.”

No employer would be happy to see staff using working hours to surf their personal facebook pages or twitter.

As a result most employees send e-mails under the pretext of surfing the internet.

Mr. Drof advised that “work for say an hour, and then allow yourself to check in quickly as a treat.

However experts have advised users of social networking sites to be careful about what they put there.

A word of warning: Think twice before you post about work matters on social networking sites. These sites frequently change their privacy settings, so users must be careful as their page may be publicly broadcasted without their knowledge.

You write-and send-work emails too hastily

Does you work require you to write and send e-mails? Then please take your time to read through what you write before you hit on the send bottom.

Sometimes you may be caught doing two things at the same time. Well some people may be ambidextrous and would be good at handling several tasks.

The main challenge is that you may be in a haste to finish with what you are doing in order to leave the office on time or have some spare time to yourself for other activities.

Most people fail to read through their e-mails which are often written in haste. If you misspell or make grammatical errors in your e-mail you make it difficult for the receiver to understand the message.

Such a message may be confusing and offensive to the person at the receiving end.

You must cross check spellings, grammar, punctuations and remember that you are communicating and it can only be effective if the receiver is able to encode the message.

“If you feel uncertain about your message, save it as a draft and come back to it later,” suggests Dr. Rock.

Not only will this give you time to work off anger, but it may also allow you to add helpful information to the email, which can make you come across as capable and thoughtful.

But keep Dr. Rock’s rule in mind: “Anything that is likely to generate strong emotion should be a phone or face-to-face conversation.”

3. Are You too involved in office politics?

At the workplace, people form informal groups to achieve various objectives.

People associate with others such as their supervisors, heads of department or employers to obtain special favours.

In such social groupings, gossiping become inevitable spending too much time dissecting workplace dynamics can harm your reputation.

Instead of worrying about who said what to whom, devote that energy to work. Note that the more you concentrate on work, the less time you will have for petty gossip.

If you spend most of your day handling minor assignments, you won’t have energy to attend to equally important duties.

4. Running late Always

“People are most often behind schedule because they’re not thinking about how long it takes to get from point A to point B, or because they leave things until the last minute,” says Dr. Rock.

You will become less reliable if you repeatedly miss deadlines.

Dr. Rock recommends scheduling them for 50 minutes instead of 60.

And if you are chronically late to meet deadlines or other appointments, Goodman advises setting alerts on either your phone or watch.

You can also set your clocks forward a few minutes to help you be on time.

5. Dealing with difficult coworkers

A negative attitude can affect your performance at work as it can negatively the implementation of your ideas.

Others who have a negative attitude can mar all your efforts at meeting targets.

In other words, a doom-and-gloom attitude will affect your creativity.

The good news is that even though you can not change every one, there are a few things you can change.

The first step is to focus on what you can improve and try to see everything in a positive light.

That will require avoiding co-workers who provoke you.

Start the day on a happy note and try and look cheerful.

The more cheerful your attitude, the less you will complain about.

The more you grumble, the more likely it is that people, like your superiors and your loudmouth colleagues at the workplace, will frustrate you.

5. No break For Lunch
Sometimes it’s good to take a break.

You should be worried about the health risks posed by sitting in the same position and in the same environment for a very long time.

It is good to step out and take some fresh air.

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