9 top tips to endure the office life!
Perhaps life in the office is not as difficult as you imagine, but it is certainly not a simple and easy experience that makes your life beautiful.
9 top tips to endure the office life!
Probably, the relationship with your colleagues, your work environment or even the fulfillment of your obligations is “a pain in the neck” in your busy professional routine. Below, you will find the 9 most useful tips to help you survive!
1. Settle the most important obligations in the beginning of the day
Another day in the office has started! You drink your first coffee and check your mails. Better not do that! Surely you are worried whether the issue of the previous day has been properly arranged or whether your new partner can cope with the difficult project you have undertaken, but you will most likely find yourself settling the obligations of others before yours. So let' s go over this again. Your day has just begun and you drink your first coffee, time to accomplish your most urgent tasks. Your colleagues or customers do not expect your immediate response to the first mails of the day and this gives you the opportunity to gain time to work productively, fulfill your urgent obligations, and then manage the current issues of your mails. So set the right priorities and use your time in the most productive way.
2. Focus on your credibility!
Do not let your anxiety take you over if any problem occurs at work. Use the appropriate words to announce it and manage it! It is likely that if you talk to your boss about a tragic mistake, he/she will worry much more if this mistake is described in a catastrophic way in the subject of your e-mail. Try to avoid excessive mentions or comments that may be visible to both internal and external recipients. Also, do not forget that the signature and closing of your emails must be purely professional and should not contain anything that could expose you and the company.
3. Don’t read too much into others’ opinion!
The office is a place that does not often allow you to work as focused and undistracted as you wish. Countless emails reach your inbox, colleagues call you because they need your help and finally you end up working all night or during the weekend. So try to respond in a balanced way to the needs of others and create a culture where one respects the obligations of the other, even if you have to be the first to do it.
4. Don’t burn bridges!
You may be at a focal point where an unexpected opportunity appears and you are ready to leave your work without a second thought. However, keep your options open and don’t behave impulsively! Before leaving for any new position, company, or claiming your dreams, first shut the door on your previous job gracefully, fulfill your obligations, and make sure that your colleagues have realized that this termination of your professional relations does not mean ending your personal relations as well! Don't get caught up in the spread of negative comments or bad rumors about your previous work. Instead, invest the time required in closing your obligations responsibly and in a proper farewell to your colleagues. Do not forget how this diplomatic tactic may be useful in the future!
5. Ask smartly others to be creative!
It is likely that you will need to ask a colleague to become more “creative”.
The key issue, however, is how to broach it. You could just say :“You know something? You could be more creative”. But think about the possible answers you will get. Logically, your colleague will either laugh uneasily or be quiet fearing that his;her answer will not meet your expectations. But would that really help you achieve your purpose?
Probably not ... Better behave smarter! Ask him/her to think in his/her own unique way, something that only he/she could think of, long story short, “out of the box".
6. Choose practical solutions!
It is very likely that your company offers a certain range of options for corporate platforms and apps that you can use in your business daily routine. So it would be useful to discover some small hacks that could make your life easier. Otherwise, adapt your IT capabilities to the demands of your job by searching for smart solutions in the largest information library: internet!
7. Focus on communication!
In most workplaces, excluding the sales sector, communication lies mainly in-work with the other colleagues. It is important to maintain a good level of communication, both in the workplace and in bigger corporate events. It is not just business meetings and corporate events, where you will need to apply your communication skills, but also the so-called “small talk”, those short discussions of general interest, with your colleagues. Try not to focus on your personal need to talk and tell your problems to your colleague and instead focus on his/her own needs and problems. Allow him/her to open up to you and find topics for discussion about which your interlocutor can also express his/her opinion or describe his/her personal experience. Besides, proper communication is the key to a smooth daily routine in the office.
8. Enhance your office space!
Perhaps there is not always the possibility of moving to a spacious, airy and sun-drenched office that will provide you with the comfort you need in order to work. Nevertheless, there are always smart solutions that you can implement to win the space you want and deserve! Make sure to maintain your office organized, buy a more functional and small keyboard, replace your mouse with one that best suits your needs, and do not forget that these small ergonomic investments will be useful to you in the future.
9. Do not forget the “work-from-home” possibility!
Work in the office can mean anxiety, tension and eagerness to return to your cosy home, but that does not mean you cannot find smart alternatives. So don’t leave your dream of working from your favourite place just in your imagination. You may think that working and cooperating with any partner from the department of accounting, procurement, marketing, logistics, etc. from home is impossible. However, technology has greatly contributed to smoothing these communication problems with many business communication tools and putting work-from-home on a new basis. Nevertheless, you may realize that you work a lot longer than if you were in the office. This is for reasons of social psychology, or personal guilt that arises because of your choice not to be at work. Working from home is indeed a challenge, but if you are on the verge of hating your job, better try this quieter alternative if your employer provides it.