As the days of fall carry on, we can’t help but see the signs everywhere – the leaves change color, pumpkin décor is displayed in almost every window, cups of cider in hand and more. Perhaps what is the most fun about fall is the celebration of Halloween. Everyone, from children to adults, can dress up in costumes and enjoy sweet treats. How fun is that!? However, what is a bit scary are some bad habits that professionals can’t avoid in the workplace. Do not fear, for we have some tips and tricks for you!
When in the workplace, be sure your requests come across as wishes (what you would “like” someone to do) and not demands. By changing your tone and approach, you are more likely to get the best out of your coworkers and teammates. Your approach is also a sign of respect. As a leader, be sure to respect those around you and approach each situation in a courteous way.
In addition, be sure to hear those around you and not simply listen in order to respond. When teammates exhibit moments of vulnerability and concern, be sure you are attentive to their needs in order to resolve the situation in the most appropriate way. If someone does not feel heard, he or she is less likely to bring up issues in the future and may delay discussing matters that could easily be resolved.
Lastly, be present. Today, it is very easy to become distracted. With technology and other distractions, our focus can be everywhere. However, it is important to stay focused on the task at hand or conversation taking place. Be mindful of your reactions, moods and tendencies to procrastinate, as they can lead to a distracted day.
Avoiding these bad habits are sure to make your workday less of a fright.
-Dina Barabash, NASBA Content Development & Web Specialist