Would that all workplaces operate smoothly and efficiently! When that’s not the case, here are five ways to handle a dysfunctional work environment.
1. Place responsibility where it should be and do not take too much on your own shoulders.
2. Find your space within your workplace and do your job in as high quality a manner as possible.
3. Speak up when what you have to say has a chance of lessening the dysfunction.
4. Develop your emotional intelligence.
5. If the work environment is hampering you in significant ways, start looking at your options to get out of it.
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You lead your life and work. Find ways to check in with yourself to assess if you are living and working in the best way possible for you. Stop periodically to make enhancements, course-corrections and to give yourself what you need to live your best life.
How are life and work going for you, right now, in the present moment?
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In my coaching, I often see situations where people believe they do not have choice. You always have choice. As you make decisions, observe what choice is in front of you. Say, a project is taking a lot of your time. You are starting to neglect other aspects of your life and are feeling stress. The deadline is looming, so you feel you have no choice, but to keep going. Well, you do have a choice – several in fact. The challenge lies in what choice you make. You can miss the deadline, be a bit late on the project or push to complete it on time. As you identify your choices and evaluate them, how can you feel you have no choice?
Acknowledging that you always have choice is a way of taking responsibility for your life. When you see that your life is formed by your choices, you can consciously make the ones that are right for you. Your choices may involve compromises at first; but over time, I think you will see that life gets better, as you acknowledge choice.
The next time you have a decision to make, see it as a choice.
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True or false: definition of manage: to be in charge of. It is a simple definition that may ignore the complexities of managing within an organization. As a manager, do you believe you are in charge to the degree you need to be? In my early experiences as a manager, I frequently would hear other managers express their frustration that they had responsibility without authority or power.
What is the ratio of your responsibility to your authority and power? You know the impacts – responsibility without authority or power is defeating. A balanced ratio gives you a chance. There are other factors that can influence this ratio – co-workers whose agendas secretly sabotage your authority or power; lack of resources that are necessary to fulfill your responsibilities; team members that do not accept responsibility or do not accept your authority or power; a dysfunctional organization that muddles responsibility, authority and power.
Managing without an awareness of the balance between your responsibility and your authority and power, leaves you at a disadvantage. Paying attention to this, gives you a foundation for your managing strategy and increases your chances of succeeding.