These are all classic symptoms of boredom. Actually one could make an argument that they speak to employee engagement but for today let’s consider boredom. Here is Wikipedia’s definition:
Boredom is an emotional state experienced during periods lacking activity or when individuals are uninterested in their surroundings.
(If the psychological aspects of boredom interest you, you may want to read more here.)
Change the environment.
When was the last time you shook things up at work to provoke thought and provide variety? Little things – like holding a meeting in a coffee shop – can stimulate creative thought and help pull a team out of the doldrums. Changing the seating arrangement in the office may not be practical – so what about creating temporary work spaces where people can go to think through problems and come up with solutions?
Look around you. Someone is bored. Don’t let it become a terminal condition.
Creative postponement. Such a soft and fluffy euphemism for the evil word procrastination. I can think of many addictions that are less harmful than this one. And yes, procrastination can be an addiction. Read more
“There will always be people who value the loyalty of their organization, and such people will always outperform those who do not.” Robert Galvin
Smart employers realize the value in going the extra mile for their employees. And great employees demonstrate loyalty to their organization — I think these are the people and situations Robert Galvin is referring to in the quote above. Read more
Remembrance Day is a holiday in Western Canada. Most businesses are closed giving us time to think about how we have handled conflict in the past and the sacrifices families have made. Whatever our thoughts or position on war let’s focus on gratitude and appreciation for what we have and what people have done for us.
Here are some Remembrance Day thoughts I saw posted on Twitter today. Read more