When people find themselves in unfamiliar territory during their first days and weeks on the job, says Amy Hirsh Robinson of Interchange Consulting Group, they’re much more likely to jump to conclusions—”premature cognitive commitments”—and see bad or simply awkward onboarding as indicative of a poorly run organization that just doesn’t care about its people.
Somewhere, we learned that if we hire a candidate with the skills we need, the results will be an employee who will do a great job. Wrong!
Skills, work experience and job knowledge can all be acquired by showing up for work and doing a job just well enough to not get fired. But do these skills change the person’s attitude about working, increase their energy level or make them self-motivated in the face of challenge? Will great results suddenly be a by-product of these skills or will they choose to settle for less?
What if I were to tell you that there is a simple change that you can make today that will pay huge dividends in future? It’s simple, it’s free, and it is highly effective. And, according to the author of “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy People,” Thomas Corley, it is a habit that sets wealthy people apart from the rest of us.
Several years ago, recruiting and retention expert Mel Kleiman got a knock on his door from a desperate client. Their problem was a staggering 179% turnover rate. That’s right, they found themselves hiring 6,000 people to fill 3,500 jobs.
The pace and intensity of our lives, both at work and at home, leave several of us feeling like a person riding a frantically galloping horse.
Our day-to-day incessant busyness — too much to do and not enough time; the pressure to produce and check off items on our to-do list by each day’s end — seems to decide the direction and quality of our existence for us.
However, if we approach our days in another way, we can consciously change this out-of-control pattern. It only requires the courage to do less. This may sound simple, but doing less can actually be very difficult. Too often, we mistakenly believe that doing less makes us lazy and results in a lack of productivity. Rather than, doing less helps us enjoy what we do achieve. We learn to do less of what is extraneous, and engage in fewer self-defeating behaviours, so we create a rich life that we truly feel great about. Continue reading “Leveraging and Prioritising by Work Smarter, Not Harder”