How to be more effective at work.
We all spend more time cooped up indoors than we would like, particularly with summer around the corner. Here are our 9 top tips to make sure you have a smile at work, are super, über productive, and create a great working environment no matter what the office mood is today.
3) Philosophise about the weather. If you turn any trivial “golly gosh it's cold for this time of year isn't it?” statement from a colleague into a five-minute discussion about the meaning of life, you will not be asked about the weather again. Also if you talk for long enough, you're guaranteed to find some surprising common ground, meaning future conversations will be far more stimulating.
4) Call people. Talking removes any ambiguity and saves you from email tennis. As well as time, it also makes your interactions human which helps build up your personal relationship with the person on the other end of the line as well as that all-important rapport.
5) Tell a joke. If you don't know any, here is a handy go-to: "Why should you never trust an atom? They make everything up" - ba dum tss.
7) Start a conversation. When you bump into a colleague in the kitchen, make a genuine effort to break the ice. A chat with someone from a different team may even provide a different on a problem you are having. After all the best ideas often come from unexpected origins.
8) Keep a trinket within eyeshot. Having a item on display reminding you what you are trying to achieve today to get back to where you want to be. If you're cyclist, keep your bike helmet handy for example.
9) Have an Office Pantry. Not only do you ensure that you have some British-produced and grandmother-approved snacks within reach, but you can also pick up a 9Bar so this is really a 2-in1 deal. ( Plus the big boss man would KILL us if we didn't mention our snack box. Quick buy snacks for the office now - pretty please with a 9bar on top... did it work? )
If you manage to pack all of these 9 things in, you'll have a darn good day.
What do you do to make yourself more productive at work?