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The Macnamara Blog
You can’t escape the C-word at the moment.
And by C-word we’re not referring to “coronavirus” – nor “COVID-19” (though, you can’t escape those either).
The word of the day is crisis. Because you know what – COVID-19 is just one crisis. It’s surely not the first, and it won’t be the last.
So here’s one particularly valuable thing you can learn from this situation: how to stay calm and logical in the face of any crisis – big or small – that impacts your company.
Whether you’re the manager of a team or working on a project with a group of staff, there are times when creativity is needed.
And the more of it you can tease out from everyone, the better the results are going to be.
Now, let’s not be mistaken here… creativity is not just a thing for artistic pursuits. It’s about generating fresh ideas, thinking laterally, coming up with unique ways to solve complex problems… regardless of the field you work in.
Performing well at your job is one thing.
But what you really want is to be recognised for it.
You want to show your boss that you’re worthy of that stellar performance review (not to mention that promotion/payrise).
It’s one thing to have a business mission. It’s another for your staff to live and breathe it.
Because getting them on board isn’t exactly a walk in the park.
In fact, less than half of workers in any industry feel strongly connected to their company’s mission, according to Gallup research.
So how do you communicate your mission in a way that makes your whole team want to jump up and fly the flag? And is it really that important anyway?
If there were a soundtrack to your workday, what would it be?
We can rule out Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5. (Clocking off at 5? You should be so lucky…)
Stayin’ Alive? Barely.
No… If there were a soundtrack to your workday, it would be the sound of your phone ringing. Because that thing just doesn’t seem to shut up.
Remember the days when your inbox was all shiny and new and empty? When every email arrived with an excited “ping” and you enthusiastically dove in to read and reply?
Let’s face it, most inboxes nowadays are more like tentacled sea-monsters. They have you in their grasp, not the other way around. They’re uncontrollable. They’re scary.
What do your work breaks look like?
Do you gobble down a sandwich with one hand while typing with the other and call it a lunch “break”?
Do you get away from your desk but stay glued to your phone?
Because here’s the thing: not all breaks are created equal.
If you’re in charge of booking staff travel, you know all too well how time-consuming it can be.
How do you find a flight that gets there on time and in budget? How do you search multiple airlines and booking platforms at the same time?
How do you avoid sneaky fees, confusing information and misleading quotes? And how do you keep track of all the travel details once everything is booked?
We could open this article with a list of alarming stats about how we all work more hours, suffer from more anxiety disorders, and experience so many more job stresses than we did a few decades ago. God knows those stats are easy to come by.