"Life is not about the moments where you flash your business card. It's not about when you bump into a classmate you haven’t seen in a decade and as you catch up, casually mention the awesome thing you’re doing (“oh me, not much – I’m a space pirate.”) It’s about the bus ride to work, the smell of your morning coffee, the feeling of your freshly made bed. These things happen throughout the day – no matter where you are."
"The fear of the unknown can be powerful, but when you eventually do the thing you’ve been avoiding, it often ends up working out just fine. Or better yet, often something good happens from the unknown. You get a date, you get that time off, you don’t get that time off and realize it’s time to think about working somewhere else. Or, if you’re like my friend, you find that the most ominous looking of all the mail was actually your tax return – money back!"
Negative feedback, passive aggressiveness, and a steady stream of departing employees are all symptoms of something rotten in a workplace culture. For otherwise thoughtful, productive people, a negative workplace culture causes stress, stifles productivity, and communicates that a long-term career in the company is not likely to be possible. When people start to leave the team and productivity starts to slump, acknowledging that something is wrong is an important first step. But then comes the hard part: what do about it.
Our clients love our workshops, but we've noticed that their teams change quickly. New people come on board as projects and companies grow, and team members leave to pursue new challenges. So it can be difficult to leverage the learning of a workshop across the team unless your new team members are in the loop. As new people get hired, individuals are promoted, and roles shift, we want to be sure that the core concepts of effective teaming and productivity stay with you and your teams.
To help you be responsive to your changing teams, Edgework is offering two quick and easy ways for your team to stay connected and productive. First, some of our most popular workshops will be delivered for individuals and small groups through the end of the year in our Workshop Thursday series. Whether it's new members to your team, a team that's coming together for the first time, or anyone else who wants to work better with others, we've tailored these offerings to be fast, effective, and to leave participants with tools they can use right away.
We also know that there are times when you just need some time to think and talk through a question, and a coach can help guide you toward strategies to approach whatever is on your mind. Our second offer brings a coach to you and your team for either a half day or a full day. Depending on your needs, our coach will work with you on a question or issue either one-on-one or in small groups in a Speed Coaching model — 25 minutes each for team members to work on whatever they'd like related to teaming and productivity. The sessions can happen at your workplace, so it's a flexiblie, effective way to to take a quick break from your workday and return empowered to tackle those issues you feel are most pressing.
As 2015 comes to an end, join us to top off your learning and development tank!
We’ve talked before about how first impressions matter. How you conduct yourself off the bat can mean the difference between an acclaimed presentation, and an uncomfortable, awkward hour in a conference room – even if you are delivering the same presentation. But what if you’re the one getting the wrong first impression? What if a member of your team is doing all the work right, but when he or she arrives in the morning, the first thing you notice is that his or her dress and appearance doesn’t match the expectations of the workplace?
Have you ever been swamped with email? With the typical business user sending and receiving more than 120 emails per day an email is coming in or going out an average once every 12 minutes in a 24 hour day. It can be overwhelming, and with the number of emails being sent steadily rising, there’s no break. If most of your day consists of trying to keep your head above water with emails whenever you can — on the way into the office, waiting for coffee, on your phone as your Outlook is booting up — and you still feel behind, it may be time to declare email bankruptcy and wipe the slate clean.
“Who needs to be here?” It’s not the usual way to start a meeting but maybe it should be. We have meetings for specific reasons. The people in the meeting should be there for specific reasons, too. When creating your attendee list, be judicious. In considering each potential invitee, ask yourself: what will this person add to the meeting, and what will the meeting add for him or her? In our work looking at meetings, time management and productivity for more than 15 years, we’ve consistently seen that meetings are most effective and productive – for everyone – when attendees match one (or more!) of five criteria.
Topics: Time Management