The positive approach to changing work styles
Q. I’ve been doing my job for a number of years now and, quite frankly, I’m bored. For a number of reasons, I can’t leave this position right now. What do I do in the meantime? A. Being bored is no fun, but it sure beats being unemployed. I have a couple of suggestions that you may want to try.First of all, if you’re bored because you don’t have enough to do, speak with your supervisor and find out if there are some new things you might try while you continue to meet your current responsibilities.If you’ve been doing the same thing for too long, think about ways you could improve the efficiency or quality of your output.If you can come up with an idea or two, share them with the powers that be and see if you can give these new ideas a try.And finally, ask yourself what you could try to do to make your job more fun and less boring?If all else fails, look for less boring opportunities outside of work. Help an unemployed friend network, or volunteer at a nonprofit.
Q. I have been CEO of my organization for 20 years and it’s time for me to move on. What is the best way for me to make my announcement?A. I am not sure there’s a right way, but there are a few things that come to mind.First, be sure that you’re really ready to move on. Talking about it before you’re sure can create unnecessary workplace drama, and if you change your mind, it can be difficult to regain the momentum. If you’re not sure, talk it through with family or close friends, and save any announcement until after you’re sure.Once you’re certain, plan to talk to your direct reports and board leadership, and then release a pre-developed internal communications announcement for staff, and if appropriate, an external announcement as well.This is an important milestone, and leaving with a positive attitude, regard for the people you’ll be leaving behind, and a hopeful message for everyone would be ideal.
Q. I’m tired of my co-workers not carrying their load, but I don’t want to sound like a complainer. How do I handle this situation?A. Some people take their jobs more seriously and work harder than others, and you’re right, complaining is not the way to go. You can be sure that you aren’t the only one who has noticed. Those not doing their fair share stand out and are unlikely to be given new opportunities or a chance to advance within the company.The “Begin with Yes” approach is always about focusing our attention in areas where we have power or influence. In this case, it’s less on your co-worker and more on yourself. There’s nothing wrong about wanting to be recognized for your hard work and extra effort. So instead of trying to expose your co-worker, think of ways to be noticed for your exemplary performance.This shift in your focus will change how you move forward, and ultimately be more productive and less frustrated.
Q. I have always consistently worked overtime and I haven’t minded. I’m now in a new relationship and would like to spend more time with my girlfriend. How do I reset expectations without damaging my relationships with my supervisor and colleagues?A. This is where good relationships at work really count. I would share with my supervisor and co-workers my good news about a new relationship. Then I would simply make sure that I was doing my job well.With your track record, my guess is that you’ll continue to show up in a very positive way. Maintain a positive attitude and continue being a team player. And when you do have extra time or energy, volunteer to help a colleague or do another small project.I believe that this shift in your personal life will be easily understood and supported by your supervisor and your co-workers.Paul Boynton, president and chief executive of Moore Center Services, Manchester, is also a motivational speaker, host of the television show, “Begin with Yes” and author of the book by the same name. He can be reached email@example.com.