1. Support those around you
Supporting others comes in all shapes and sizes. This might be as simple as helping another team mate with a task, or as complex as working out their training and development needs.
Communication is vital. If team members need to talk to each other – let it happen. This is how people still learn the best. Also, five minutes frivolity helps them sync with each other and plough through the day ahead.
2. Refrain from gossip
Workplace gossip is still the most destructive issue to deal with in the workplace. Nip it in the bud, or refrain from being involved. Sometimes it’s a case of saying in a disarming way “rise above how you feel and do the best job you can”.
3. Work less
We know that, mostly, working long hours doesn’t mean greater productivity or more effective outcomes. Work out when you work best and use this to your advantage. For example, I always work best in the mornings, so I know that if I want to break the back of a key project, that’s when I do it. I then have the afternoon to clean up, or square away other matters.
4. Manage your time
Be on time, leave on time. Manage emails, don’t let them manage you and keep social media to a minimum.
Arriving before or when your staff start work is important to them. That’s when they see you. If you start late and leave late, they know when you start, but will never see you leave.
Plenty has been said about the golden rules of email. Check them once, twice, but no more than three times a day.
You know how quickly social media can chew up your time. Work out what’s valuable, the best time to use this value and refrain from the endless hours of scrolling through the stuff.
5. Work out what’s important
The to do list is still the most valuable place to start when working out how to use the other four rules. In the first instance, it is the basis for working out your priorities. Once you have done this you can then transfer the priorities to your calendar. Remember to delegate some tasks and put a line through the low priority items.
Go on and give the five rules a whirl. You also might have other items to add to the list…