Gather wildly different personalities together; throw tight deadlines, difficult clients, and passive-aggressive emails into the mix; and blend. What you have is your average workplace, complete with its own unique culture and challenges.
And while some office snafus are truly one-offs, there are others that are universal and we’ve all encountered from time to time. Hopefully, they resolve after a day or two. But sometimes, issues snowball — and that’s when they cause morale and productivity to nosedive.
The good news is, most workplace problems are fixable — and in some cases preventable. So let’s take a look at some common workplace challenges and how to overcome them.
You’re not getting the praise you deserve
Once, a colleague of mine pulled an all-nighter to finish a job, only to have her boss dismiss her hard work with a wave of his hand. In a moment of sleep-deprived madness, she flung the contents of her coffee cup in his face and stormed out. Surprisingly, she kept her job.
Perhaps, your boss overlooks you, too. Maybe a colleague is taking the credit for all your ideas. Or maybe you feel overshadowed by a loud coworker who sweeps up all the praise.
While most instances of unacknowledged effort are one-offs, feeling like your hard work constantly goes unnoticed can be a soul-destroying experience. Luckily, all of these issues can be solved without throwing lukewarm coffee in your boss’ face.
How to fix it:
It’s easy to feel indignant when hard work goes ignored. But if you suddenly get defensive and start casting blame on others, it won’t reflect well on you. The best thing to do is get proactive and be your own cheerleader.
If you turn in work before a deadline or get good feedback from a client: speak up! You don’t have to make a big thing about it: just drop your boss a short ‘n’ breezy email or send them a DM on your team’s chat app, which keeps the tone casual.
Not only are you shining a spotlight on your own successes, you’re making your boss’ job easier by letting them know you’re doing your work, and you’re doing it well. Even if you don’t receive praise every time, you’ll still get to personally celebrate your triumphs and feel good about yourself.
You’re the victim of bad organization
Organizational hiccups can strike at any time, even if your business is generally well-run. Poor communication, staff absences, or a lack of direction all have the potential to cause chaos. And while some issues can’t be prevented, having a strong sense of purpose, the right tools for the job, and a solid contingency plan in place can all help keep things on track.
How to fix it:
First, make sure you have the tools you need to keep projects running smoothly. This means objectives are defined, resources are allocated, and tasks are monitored.
Spreadsheets are okay, but they’re cumbersome to use and version control is a pain in the butt — so ideally, invest in project management software. It helps managers and teams track projects visually, …read more
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