The Strategist

It's business, not war: How to stay calm at work

05/03/2019 - 05:54

Business is not only a dream come true, but also a source of stress. You have to achieve goals, fulfill plans, fight for personnel, conquer the world. Nervousness and stress is transmitted from management to employees, from colleague to colleague, and then to clients. Is it possible to live in a different way?

1. The company is not a family

Many companies like to say that their team is like one family. In fact, this means that their employees must be ready to make a sacrifice for the corporate "family". For example, work without days off or without holidays. It's not fair.

Colleagues do not have to pretend to be relatives to be polite to each other or to assist. It is more appropriate to express the gratitude with principles, corporate policy, and most importantly, by doing what you are required to do.

2. A quiet open space

You can’t hide in an open space office. There are many distractions: when some are talking loudly and eagerly on the phone, others can’t concentrate. Private cubicles are a good solution. But if you still want to leave the space open, just give up the associated thinking.

If an employee is sitting at the table, it is assumed that he is deep into work. Set a rule not to distract people there. In general, everyone should nearly whisper so as not to disturb anyone. For urgent calls and joint projects there are negotiation rooms.

3. Set no goals

Those businesspeople who say that they have no goals look marginal. What motivates them? According to Fried Jason and Heinemeier Hansson David, authors of the book “It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work”, all goals are a fiction. Imaginary figures serve as a source of unnecessary stress until they are reached or canceled. And once you are done, you choose a new one and start stressing again. Quarterly achievements race never ends. Four quarters a year. 10 years is 40 quarters. And you always have to create and exceed expectations. The solution is to try to do a better job every day.

4. Plan for six weeks

You can do business without a plan: a five-year, three-year, and even annual. Just look at what is there in front of you. Many people just ignore short-term planning. Try to determine the direction of further work approximately every six weeks. As part of such planning, you can adjust the course and stop unsuccessful projects on time.

5. Stay in the comfort zone

Being in a comfort zone is important for peace of mind. And the transition to the next level does not necessarily require an incredible breakthrough. Often the biggest victory brings not a breakthrough, but on the contrary, diving, going deep, waiting in a secluded place. Mastery is most often in depth, not in breadth. Sometimes, on the verge of a breakthrough, the last few steps can bring temporary inconvenience and you may suffer. But this is the exception, not the rule.

6. No pseudo holidays

Often, companies do not give employees a real rest. Leaving on vacation, people still have to answer calls, “briefly discuss something” and are within reach. It’s not a surprise that people return tired and annoyed. Rest yourself and do not allow others to appropriate someone else's time.

7. Business is not a war

In the business world, it is customary to fight for victory, strive for dominance and destroy competitors. Seems that there’s no other way. However, the opposite of conquest is participation. Being one of the many choices on the market really means giving consumers a choice. With this statement, it is easy to say goodbye to the "army" metaphors and endless race.

8. Doing your own business, not changing the world

It is not enough to make a good product or provide a good service - everyone wants to rewrite history, be pioneers and make a breakthrough. But why? If you no longer consider yourself obliged to change the world, you can shake the unbearable burden off and make life easier for others.

Based on "It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work" by Fried Jason and Heinemeier Hansson David

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