My presentation went pretty well, not as good as the last one :( but well enough. I found the perfect t-shirt to wear. At work our Manta is "I've got your back"....so I started my presentation showing my staff I embraced the manta :) ..I had really wanted to give each of the participants a yellow cup or mug, but couldn't find any that were reasonably priced. What does a yellow mug or cup have to do with my talk? Well it was the opening of the talk, and I know I've mentioned this before, but my grandma always said if she started the day drinking her coffee from a yellow mug the day would start out sunny...sooo my theory is no matter what the day brings if I believe it's going to be a good day I can weather the storms that may come because I know they are only blowing through and not here to stay.
So here was the end of my talk on the 3 Signs of a Miserable Job
The three signs are:
Anonymity – People can’t feel appreciated if they believe no one knows who they are and what they do. To feel valued you can’t go through your career being invisible, generic or anonymous.
Irrelevance – People need to know that what they do is important, that it makes a difference. If you say “I’m in reimbursement” and your response is – “oh”, or “huh?”
Immeasurement – If we can’t determine how well we are doing, then we can’t determine if we are doing our jobs right. While some of this needs to come from external sources, bosses, customers, spouses/significant others/family; some of it needs to be based on our own assessment.
If we can avoid the 3 signs above, then we as an organization can reap the benefits:
Ø Increased Productivity – if we love what we do, we will do it with more passion, enthusiasm and attention to the quality of work we do.
Ø Greater Retention – if our employees are happy, they are less likely to leave for other jobs which means lower costs
Ø Cultural Differentiation – Employees helping employees, making sure everyone finds a way to measure their own success.
I ended the presentation by showing that we all have to interact with each other - not only within our department, but within our company. And asked when they interact that they should leave their finger print, i.e. don't be let people know who you are and how you an help and that they would be surprised how those same people will be there to help them when needed.
Sappy I know, but when you spend 8 plus hours a day with your co-workers, you really need to know when push comes to shove they will be there for you. That will only happen if they know you are there for them.
"If you can dream it, you can achieve it. You will get all you want in life if you help enough other people get what they want." -Zig Ziglar
Happy stitching!! next post with include something stitched :)