Having worked in multinational corporations my entire career, I often wondered about my colleagues taking 4-6 weeks of holiday a year, however this was not a very comfortable concept for me.
I recently came back from a 3 week vacation, which was the longest vacation for me – ever.
I was feeling quite nervous, anxious and guilty before going on this trip. Thoughts around whether the team will be able to close the quarter on budget, who will represent me at the management meetings, what will my team think of me, what will my manager think of me etc.
The trend toward increased worker autonomy is a challenge to traditional management techniques. But a simple workstyle-test can help you adapt your management style to get the most from your autonomous workers.
Autonomy in the workplace has been “the next big thing” for quite a while now.
By giving employees more flexibility in how they perform their jobs, autonomy holds vast potential to boost worker satisfaction and help companies earn big productivity gains.
New research show us how to eliminate conflicts and increase productivity in the workplace. The key is understanding the different types of employee workstyles in the office to build trust and respect.
Have you ever wondered why some workers show up at the office promptly at 7 a.m., while others shuffle in at 9 every day?
Or why some are quick to organize a meeting when others prefer to resolve the issue with just an email or two? Continue reading →
Most of us are good at our job. But how do we know, if we are as good as we could be? Well, in my experience, if you want to perform at your best, first you need to understand your own work behavior and build on that. Maybe you are the Guardian at work or the Game Changer. Perhaps the Genius or even the Guru. One thing is for sure: you have potential. Now let us find out what it is!
Ideally, every day and every assignment should be fun and thrilling. But, as we all know; some days are harder than others. However, if you feel, that things could be more fun and much less challenging than they are. Then perhaps you stuck in a way of working, which does not make the most of your abilities – and your capabilities. Which means you have probably not yet realized your full potential. Continue reading →
“O.K. Holger, I’ve found your New Ways of Working blogs highly interesting and even eye-opening at times. But I’m wondering…. Is this concept based on some kind of scientific theory – or is it something you just came up with?”
I’ve been blogging about what we at Jabra call New Ways of Working for more than a year-and-a-half, and of the many questions and comments I’ve received, the one above really stood out. I appreciate honesty, and it’s one of the most to-the-point emails I’ve received since we started this journey!
So I thought I’d use this blog to explain the underlying framework behind New Ways of Working (yes, there is one, Amy!) and introduce a tool to help managers and knowledge workers plan their workdays for increased efficiency, productivity and job satisfaction.
More than two-thirds of today’s workers are in a funk. They’re indifferent, bored and disengaged from their jobs – which is having a huge negative effect on productivity, innovation and customer service. Here are some fundamental ideas for getting your workers back onto the bandwagon.
When was the last time you encountered an employee with an unlimited passion for their job? You know, the type of worker who goes out of their way to make every interaction special—and raises the level of performance of everyone around them? Continue reading →
An astonishing seven out of 10 employees are disengaged and bored with their jobs. In addition to damaging company morale, productivity and the bottom line, this dissatisfaction takes a staggering toll on innovation and our global economic well-being. Let this be a wakeup call for leaders everywhere to take action.
I have bad news for corporate leaders everywhere: Most of your workers just don’t care.
They don’t care about their jobs. About your organization. Or your customers.
Meetings are the killer of modern work life. Fortunately there is a better way. We should only meet twice a year and really get to the bottom of things – and then let the specialists take care of the rest.
Several years ago, I visited a Danish company who wanted to eliminate the insane amount of time they wasted for meetings – a pain point that many other organizations experience. Already, they created some strong points of view around better time management and prominently displayed advice through posters on meeting room walls. These were all standard best practices: start on time, prepare an agenda and follow it, stop discussions when they are not leading somewhere, make sure you agree on your conclusions, etc.
Unfortunately, good advice is not always followed and the campaign didn’t work very well..
Some of the biggest blunders in history – both corporate and otherwise – can be attributed to the concept of groupthink. Along with new research on the topic come practical new tips for keeping it out of your decision making processes.
Have you ever run across a corporate decision that seemed so mind-boggling that you shook your head and wondered, “What were they thinking?”