Friday, March 17, 2017
Our Best Blogs of March includes stories on quitting bad habits, employee happiness and building teams of rockstars and superstars. That’s a lot of great stuff to read while waiting for the snow to stop falling!
Why and how quitting is a good thing
From a young age, were taught to never quit, always keep trying. However, there are times when that mantra falls on its face.
Should you keep trying to climb the ladder at your company after 8 years of not getting a promotion? Should you keep dismissing productivity improvements because you think they’ll never work for you? Should you keep putting everyone else’s needs ahead of yours and hope good karma leads to something in return for you? Should you always stop reading blog posts after the third paragraph?
Quitting shouldn’t always be seen as giving up just because the going got rough. Instead, quitting should be viewed as an agent for change, a chance to turn things around or a way to stop wasting time and energy.
By embracing the idea that it’s okay to quit sometimes, you can become both a better person and a better professional.
Read the full article here.
Happy employees are productive employees
Both surveys and clinical research has shown that employees who feel happy and appreciated tend to get more done than their nonplussed or despondent counterparts.
In one study by the Wharton School of business, two groups of people were asked to make fundraising calls, with one of the groups getting a pep talk from the fundraising director, who expressed his gratitude and appreciation. The group that got the message of appreciation ended up making 50 percent more fundraising calls than the control group.
Making employees feel appreciated is more than just waving pom-poms and rah-rahing your team every chance you get. Surveys have shown that providing valuable education and training to workers also has the added benefit of making them feel appreciated.
Employees also report overwhelmingly that good relationships with their superiors and co-workers make them happier and more engaged at work. Although you might hate them, regular meetings do appear to contribute to employees’ sense of connectedness, happiness and engagement.
Interestingly, decent pay doesn’t always translate to employee happiness. Some research has shown that many people are willing to take a less pay for an ideal job situation.
Read the full story here.
Rock stars versus superstars
When trying to put together a top-notch team, it can be tempting to try and source as many Elon Musks or Marissa Mayers and possible. However, a team of superstars isn’t necessarily going to give you optimum results.
A great example is the 2004 US Olympic men’s basketball team. Packed full of young superstars like Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, the team lost to Argentina in the semifinal round and had to settle for bronze. That team could have benefitted from a few “rock stars”, or people who excel at a specific job, like blocking shots, but aren’t know to dominate a game by themselves.
If you’re looking to build a stellar team, be sure it has a mix of both rock stars and superstars.
Read the full story here.