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Why are You Killing Yourself for a Job that will Replace You in a Week?

“Why are you killing yourself for a job that will replace you in a week if you died?  Take care of yourself!” ~ Unknown

Lately, I have been seeing more and more people posting this quote on social media and as a work-life balance leadership coach; I should probably address my thoughts on this quote.

Throughout my work life journeys and coaching experiences, I have come to the realization that maybe this quote may absolutely be true.  However, my goal is to change this through my coaching.

It is important to work hard and be a diligent loyal employee but thinking about work 24/7 is not good for you mentally or physically.  Everyone needs to take vacations and get away to rest and relax.

Why are employees feeling this way? 

From what I hear, people are working themselves into overwhelm and burn-out.  Some employees care way too much about their jobs to the point of making themselves physically sick.  While others do the bare minimum not to get fired and appear to be the happiest.

Why is that?

I hear this scenario repeatedly from others, that the people who do the least amount of work get promoted while the dedicated doers get passed over time and time again.  The Doers are conscientious about their job duties day in and day out, work late and get the job done with little to no praise or acknowledgment and are slowly killing themselves in the process.  They have high anxiety, stress, diabetes, heart disease, no work-life balance strategies, no work boundaries and so on.  While the lazy worker is smiling, laughing, playing on their cell phone all day and really content with collecting their paycheck, while everyone else is covering their job, completely stressed-out and resentful.

Why do leaders let this happen?

Leaders need to spend time with the employees and get to know them instead of locking themselves in their offices.  Don’t they want to know what is really going on?  Someone once told me, because the Leader doesn’t care.  Reviewing staff’s workload and time management is key to assist with eliminating overload and overwhelm.  Coaching the lazy worker to do their share of the workload is an important job duty of the supervisor.  The Doer’s need to feel comfortable to be able to honestly state to their manager they are in overwhelm and need assistance as well as the ability to say no to more tasks when they have too much to handle.

Why doesn’t the Leader care?  

When loyal hard-working employees leave by either transferring to another department for the same or less salary, or go to the competition or just plain leave as a Leader you should be asking this question! Why are they leaving?  

Losing good employees hurts the business and the bottom line.  Yes, they may make a high salary but the cost of training new staff and their expertise is now gone, and this alone is very detrimental to a company.

A good leader finds out what is really going on within their company.  They don’t just sit in their office with the door closed, they ask questions and want the truth, not lip service.  They know who is really doing the work and who isn’t.  They care about the staff and want them to succeed.  When hiring internally the good leader recognizes who is the right person to promote, since they know the employees quality of work, interpersonal skills and if they are the right fit for the job.  

What are some solutions to change this concept?

  • Find the strengths of the complacent worker and give them those projects.
  • Coach the complacent employee on doing their work tasks and pulling their share of the workload.
  • Meet with them daily on their progress for 10 to 15 minutes, getting updates on where they are with their work assignments.
  • Have them set up daily goals on their work tasks and review their progress.

Is this concept a forgotten principle?

Would love to see your thoughts, comments and your experiences on this subject. ~ Patti

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The Cheerful Greeter – He Does Make A Difference!

Recently I went to a doctor appointment, I checked in and went to the waiting room.  My name was called to come and see the doctor, the young man who called my name was smiling.  He greeted me with enthusiasm, said welcome and I hope you are having a great day.  He was beaming.  It was a pleasure to see someone so positive and excited about their job.  He was kind and radiated that kindness.  He walked me to the room and asked me if I wanted some water.  This was a heart hospital and some of the people there were very ill.  Fortunately, I am healthy and my tests results came back very good. 🙂

Having a kind and positive person greet you when you are not sure about your health situation is amazing.  I watched how this gentleman greeted others and made them feel valued.  Even when they were in excruciating pain, they smiled back at him.

Quote ~ “Be the reason someone smiles today.” ~ Unknown

Wouldn’t it be amazing, if all places had a greeter like this young man?  The world would definitely be a happier place. One person at a time can make a difference. ~ Patti

Would love to see your thoughts, comments and your experiences on this subject.  Comments are always welcome and please share this post with your colleagues, friends, and family on your social networks! Sharing is caring.

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The Benefits of Adult Coloring – Why Do It?

The Benefits of Adult Coloring – Why Do It?

I purchased my first Adult Coloring Book a few years ago.  At this present time, I have a variety of coloring books, markers, and pencils. I have received coloring book as gifts and I have given coloring books as gifts as well.  I take coloring books on camping trips and weekend getaways.  Coloring for me is a way to relax and let go.

On one camping trip, my friends and I spent hours coloring inside my camper while the rain came pouring down.  We shared our life challenges and our life aspirations.  It was a great way to reconnect with each other.  We each had different coloring styles which made each page unique and different.

Be gentle with yourself, you can’t fail at self-care. ~ Dr. Samantha, Naturopathic Physician

Benefits of Adult Coloring

  1. Coloring is considered therapeutic to reduce anxiety, relieve stress and alters bad moods.
  2. Coloring is similar to meditating.  It increases focus and shifts our thoughts to the present moment.
  3. Coloring applies both hemispheres of the brain, the right and left, simulating the brain responsible for creativity and logic.  From what I have read some physicians recommend coloring for their Alzheimer and Dementia patients.
  4. Coloring replaces negative thinking as a distraction.
  5. Coloring five minutes before bedtime has been reported to help some people sleep better because of its calming effects.
  6. Social group coloring evaluates relaxation and the joy of spending time with others.
  7. When coloring we are unplugged from technology, which engages in self-care “me time”.
  8. Coloring creates boundaries by staying in the lines and evokes metaphorical boundaries in our personal lives.

 

There is even a National Coloring Day which is August 2nd.  Adult coloring is good for the soul.  How about taking a few minutes each day before going to bed to color and see if it changes your perspective on life. 🙂 ~ Patti

Comments are always welcome and please share this post with your colleagues, friends, and family on your social networks! Sharing is caring.

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How about creating Harmony in Your Life; click on the link  21- Days Optimal Work/Life Balance Workshop.

Want “one to one coaching” with Patti – email me patti@coachingforinspirationwithpatti.com