That’s not my job!

“It is the behavior of your company and its people that form your reputation, and your reputation is your brand.” – Dave Allen

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In my previous blog I talked about the importance of organizational culture with leadership as the role model. But if you think about it, employees also influence organizational culture and must do their part to help improve it. Yes, I know what you’re thinking; “Seriously, have you been to my office? People are miserable. Half of them say ‘that’s not my job’. How am I supposed to change that?”

While it can be very challenging to change a coworker’s work ethic, especially when leadership is lacking, there are some things you can do. Even though it may be extremely frustrating to watch a coworker constantly slack off, it’s best not to let it get to you. Concentrating on your own work and improvements that you can make should be your main focus. I know this is easier said than done, but when it comes time for yearly evaluations/bonuses, they will get their just desserts. It’s hard for a slacker to prove they deserve a bonus if they don’t have anything to show for it.

However, if a coworker claims “it’s not their job”, when it truly is, you should inform them of this, especially if it interferes with your work. A coworker may not actually be aware of how this affects your work, so you may need to explain this to them. Just be careful not to lecture them. Lecturing creates animosity and puts people in a defensive position. Put yourself in the other person’s position and explain to them that the work they do is important and why it’s important. Sometimes just taking the time to really talk to a coworker can really make a difference.

Everyone in the company regardless of their position should be working together to improve things even if it isn’t something they normally work on. Yes, they may have been hired to do a specific job, but every employee contributes to the success of the organization regardless of what their job title states. And unless there is some company policy stating that they cannot help their fellow employee with a job, there is no reason why it cannot be done. Teamwork is vital if employees want to improve their organizational culture.connect-20333_1280

According to the Tiny pulse 2014 Employee Engagement and Organizational Culture Report, “Peers are the #1 influence, not money, in driving fellow colleagues to go the extra mile”. That being said, employees should encourage and support one another and not fall into the negativity abyss. Yes, I know this is not always easy, but even baby steps can make a difference. Employees should also try collaborating more across divisions. Just getting another person’s perspective on something might lead to a solution to an issue that’s been plaguing your department. Get out of your comfort zone and test the waters. You might actually like what you find. And if not, at least you made an effort, which is better than doing nothing at all and being completely miserable.

 “Great companies have leaders all over, not just at the top.” – Rob Goffee

 

 

Sweet Managerblogspot.com Ten quotes about Company Culture. Retrieved November 27, 2014 from http://sweetmanager.blogspot.com.  /2014/03/10-quotes-about-company-culture.html
Tinyhr.com. THE 7 KEY TRENDS IMPACTING TODAY’S WORKPLACE. Retrieved November 27, 2014 from http://www.tinyhr.com/2014-employee-engagement-organizational-culture-report

Blog Post #1: What is Office Mayhem?

I’m sure you are asking yourself, who is this person, what makes her so qualified and why should I even bother reading this? Well, if you’ve gotten this far, why not read a little further and see what ‘Office Mayhem’ is all about? Twenty plus years of dealing with various office personalities, management, leaders and office politics has given me great insight into how “screwed up” most work/office environments truly are. I’m not saying all offices are, but a large number of them definitely fit the bill and I’m sure many of you can relate.

 

So why is this the case you ask? Well there are numerous reasons why many offices do not function as efficiently and effectively as they should. Employees with bad attitudes, management that plays both sides of the fence, limited opportunity for employee growth, incompetence, office cliques/politics and employees getting ready to retire, just coasting through are but a few examples. But when it comes right down to it, the real culprit supporting this office mayhem is leadership. Yes leadership.

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Lack of leadership permits inefficiency, disorder and bad behavior, and effects all employees regardless of their position within the company. A company may be full of exceptionally talented employees, but if leadership is non-existent and there is a lack of direction, office mayhem will ensue. Who wants to work in an office were they are under appreciated and their talents go unnoticed? I don’t know many people who would answer yes. Yet many of us unfortunately do work in that type of environment. 

 

Wow, what a downer! I’m sure some of you are thinking thanks for reminding me about how much I loathe my job. Well, I apologize for that, but that is not my intention with this blog. The goal of this blog is to talk about the importance of leadership and how it effects the workplace, employees and the company as a whole. Leaders need to step into the trenches and take notice of what’s going on within the workplace.  Only then will they gain a better understanding of why office mayhem is so toxic and how it influences the company’s bottom line. Happy employees and a positive organizational culture directly impact a company’s success. If leadership doesn’t care, why should employees?