1. Do Your Part
Stop thinking it’s beneath you to do the menial tasks – there is someone who in your organization that believes the task is not menial, it is hard work to them. My boss made a comment to me the other day about another co-worker, “quite frankly, she’s paid too much to be doing that.” Pay should not determine workload. We all need to be willing to do what we can when we can.
2. Keep It Clean
Much like “Do Your Part” above, you can’t leave it all up to someone else. If you have an employee kitchen or communal break space and you notice it’s dirty – clean it up. Think about it this way, “Do not put off doing anything that takes 60 seconds or less to do.” (And in most cases – a quick wipe down of the counter takes way less than 60 seconds)
3. Big Brother
You’ve seen that show right? Where people live in a house and for weeks are filmed every minute of every day? Nothing they do goes unnoticed? When you write an email, pretend your boss will be able to read it. When talking in the break room, imagine a camera just off in the distance. Act as if someone’s watching.
4. Tap Out
This one is important on many levels, but few utilize its benefit. So often we’re afraid that asking for help or saying no displays laziness. But, ask yourself: “isn’t it better to do a few things really well, than to do too many things half-ass?” I think the answer is yes. So, when you are overwhelmed and the quality of your work is starting to suffer – tap out, say no, ask for help.
5. Accept Accidents & Mistakes
We all make mistakes; we’re human, but how often is the assumption that the mistakes and accidents made by co-workers are on purpose? We all have times when – even though we know what we’re doing – we are too rushed, or maybe we’re confused by the situation. Allow your co-workers the benefit of the doubt, accept their mistakes as mistakes.
With these five simple rules, the atmosphere you work in should significantly change.
Which one do you think is the most important? And which one do you struggle with the most? Tell me about it below in the comments page.