How to Keep Your Performance UP in a Down Economy – a Guest Post by eWomenNetwork Coach, Cathy Holloway Hill
As the workplace population shrinks, work load increases for remaining employees. An important point to keep in mind is that recessions come and go. History teaches us there were recessions and depressions in our nation since Washington was President. The problem is not the reality of the situation – it is your perception of it.
Whether trying to thrive in a bad economy or trying to overcome any life trauma, the mind and body are in sync at all times. Our surroundings, environment, external stimuli, workplace, and relationships all have a direct effect on our mental health. When we learn how to re-program our negative thoughts to a more positive state of mind, we make a powerful mindset shift that is critical to life and career success.
Following are tips for keeping your performance, and attitude, UP:
• Avoid participating in office gossip. Focus on performing well, and don’t dwell on uncontrollable situations.
• Ask your boss if you could head up a committee for remaining employees to voice their opinions in a positive manner. Allowing everyone to be heard may eliminate the need to gossip.
• Work on one task at a time. This is necessary if you have been given extra work. Focusing on one item at a time will likely result in you finishing the task in a timely manner with fewer mistakes.
• Don’t skip lunch. Your body and mind require proper nourishment. Leave your desk, and get away from your work area. Take time to eat.
• Avoid taking work home. When you arrive home, unwind before you begin chores. Sit down, clear your mind – no thoughts, no worries, no deadlines, no projects, no achievements, no goals, no work. Visualize a peaceful calm place where you can relax and unwind. Hold this vision in your mind.
Managers should keep in mind that it is especially important for employees to feel like winners at all times, especially during a recession and downsizing. Taking a proactive approach in keeping morale up will result in happier employees.
Guest article by eWomenNetwork Premier Coach, Cathy Holloway Hill