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Changing habits for the benefit of the workplace

Human beings are creatures of habit.  We develop routines and patterns of behavior in both our personal and professional life to deal with daily occurrences.  Very often we integrate these habits so thoroughly into how we do things that we are not even aware of them. Generally these routines aid us in getting through our work more easily and quickly than if we had to consciously think about the procedures or tasks at hand. On the other hand, sometimes we develop “bad habits” that can have a negative impact on our work and on those around us.  And since we are not necessarily aware of them it can be difficult to see that something we are doing, or not doing, may be causing difficulties at home or in the workplace.

There can be many causes for developing bad habits in the workplace that lead to poor performance or poor results.  They may be due to lack of training in the job. That is fairly straightforward to address. Often, however, they develop as a result of individuals feeling unappreciated, being stressed due to having unrealistic goals, or feeling unattached due to an overall lack of communication about the organizations’ goals and directions. In such circumstances, for example, staff may not pay as much attention as needed to quality control, not communicate effectively with teammates, not follow-up with customers/clients or colleagues, or simply not put forth the effort they are truly capable of. The more unsatisfied people feel while at work, the more likely it is that they will contribute in some way — often unconsciously — to creating a work environment that is unpleasant and prone to under performance.

Executives and office managers who sense that organizational effectiveness or productivity is not where it needs to be should be on the lookout to determine if this may be a result of “bad habits” having developed. Yet they may have a hard time actually identifying how they or their colleagues are directly contributing to the poor working environment.   Having an outside professional, a business coach, who facilitates an organizational assessment and takes the time to ask the right questions can help the executive, managers and team members figure out where the bad habits — attitudes and behaviors — are having a negative impact on the workplace, what dynamics and aspects of the organizational culture are causing them and what to do about them.

Leaders need to set the tone for a business and lead by example.  A key area to pay attention to is the work environment and whether employees are motivated and innovative, or are in a rut or feel undervalued or frustrated.  If the business leader isn’t aware of the organizational climate or prepared to take action to address problem areas, small bad habits can become big ones that are highly detrimental to the business.

When everyone in an office feels informed, acknowledged and appreciated, positive habits can take hold. New employees will not fall victim to early negative conditioning. Experienced employees will find new ways to contribute to a positive working environment.  And the end result is not just a more pleasant workplace. The positive habits and attitudes and behaviors translate into the way employees work with customers and clients, with positive effect on the overall business.

Clear Office Communications – Key to Success

One of the main reasons that companies have trouble moving past a certain point is lack of communication. Sometimes it could be a lack of communication between the different layers of management, while other times it could be a problem between different departments. It could also just be the fact that the communication methods used by a company are just not working. Thankfully, there are many things that can be done.

Through effective business coaching session with professionals that are trained to help others in the world of business, anyone can come to realize the problems that their company may be having. Whereas a traditional consulting firm may come in and try to lay down a standardized plan, a coach can be there to learn with their clients. During their time working together, business managers and executives can learn how to truly understand the problems that are going on underneath them.

Sometimes inter-office communication breaks down because certain people feel shut out. Others feel that they are not part of the process, or that their opinions are not being respected. When everyone in an office environment feels that their opinions and ideas are at least being heard, it will gain much more than if they feel they are being sidelined.

The attitudes of people in a particular company could also have a tremendous impact when it comes to how well employees in an office communicate. If someone is helping to foster a rather harsh or negative workplace, it could be making those around them less likely to want to work together effectively.

Solutions to problems like these are what an executive coach can help to uncover. Rather than just lay them on the client, they can do something much more valuable. By working together through the process over a period of time, clients will be able to realize the appropriate solution on their own. Whether it is a problem among their employees or with the way they administrate, each can be solved in a way that will be amicable to everyone involved. Learning how to realize a problem with a qualified business coach could also be a great way to help prevent them in the future.

High quality executive coaching and business coaching could be just what is needed to help improve interoffice communication. As communication grows, efficiency, respect and productivity will never be far behind.